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Tea Ceremony

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FOR US, THE EXPERIENCE OF TEA IS A MINDFUL PROCESS, ONE THAT SHOULD BE SAVORED AND SHARED.  RISHI TEA 

In our tea ceremony, we follow the meditation path of “Calm Breath - Calm Mind - Calm Heart."  As we calm the breath, the mind follows.  The subsequent calming of beta brainwave activity to alpha and theta activity allows us to still our mental pond. Tea consumption facilitates this process due to its unique chemical properties. A remarkable consequence of stilling our mind is experiencing the opening of our heart.  The open heart resonates with natural wonder and beauty.   We also begin to see a reduction of overall stress and excess physical inflammation.  These two resultant components allow us to explore the astonishing depths of our being. We have discovered that Rishi Teas pair best with this process. 

“A human being is part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. We experience ourselves, our thoughts and feelings as something separate from the rest. A kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us.
The true value of a human being is determined by the measure and the sense in which they have obtained liberation from the self.
Our task must be to free ourselves; by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.
 .....We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if humanity is to survive".  
—Albert Einstein, 1954

We propose that joy and love resonate during meditation because we re-wire and activate areas of the brain affecting our well-being.  This helps us get in touch with our heart and allows it to resonate at its fullest.  While leading us to Compassionate Thought, we become more responsible to ourselves, our relationships, and our society in general.  This responsibility lies in the balance we discover by unlocking the synergy of our mind….. our heart….. and our inner spirit. The development of a consistent meditation practice may well bring us closer toward Honoring the Spirit of Health and Well-Being.

The Tamurai Tea Ceremony offers insight into how, through the simple act of drinking a beverage, we can move closer to this goal and purpose, as well as find direction toward Einstein’s “true value of a human being”.

"Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves — slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future."

~Thich Nat Hahn

This ceremony is designed to honor those participating.  It humbles the ego by focusing attention upon the simplest of activities.  It allows expression of an art form known as Compassionate Thought, the realization of the potential we have within our being to be the best that we can be.  It includes what we believe was Einstein’s goal - "widening our circle of compassion" - and ultimately our well-being.  At the center is balance. 

Tamurai Tea proposes that maintaining this center and its balance will significantly reduce the ongoing and excessive stress that has a negative effect on the body, mind, and spirit.  Our premise is that being centered promotes empathy and compassion.  It allows us to “just let go”.  In doing so, a remarkable and magical thing happens.  We find our center and realize our true potential.  We rise above those impossible tasks and see the magic in all that we do.  We see how everything and every task and every person is connected through an invisible thread of Spirit.  We become one with it. 

As with the Samurai Warrior of feudal Japan, dominating Japanese history for nearly 700 years, the Samurai used the tea ceremony as a meditation to train the mind as well as explore creative forces within one’s inner nature.  By doing so, his body, mind, and spirit were then receptive to the highest form of prayer, affirmation, and intention.

We now become spiritual warriors; warriors in the sense of conquering ourselves thus lighting a beacon to guide our world.  We do this not with the sword, but with the heart.  We do this by joining the content of our hearts with the intention of loving forgiveness.  We understand the invisible thread of Spirit which binds us all.  We understand that to harm one we harm ourselves.  To forgive one we forgive ourselves.

Aim for excellence while on this earth.  We will only then understand the significance of forgiving failure both in self and others when it is not achieved.

 

“Forgiveness is not an occasional act. It is a permanent attitude.”

--Martin Luther King Jr


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