Archive for December, 2011
“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.” (Edith Lovejoy Pierce)
Happy New Year!
“An invisible red thread connects those destined to meet, despite the time, the place, and despite the circumstances. The thread can be tightened or tangle, but will never be broken.”
– an ancient Chinese Proverb
tea is an act complete in its simplicity.
when i drink tea, there is only me, and the tea.
the rest of the world dissolves.
there are no worries about the future.
no dwelling on past mistakes.
tea is simple: loose-leaf tea, hot pure water, a cup.
i inhale the scent, tiny delicate pieces of the tea floating above the cup.
i drink the tea, the essence of the leaves becoming a part of me.
i am informed by the tea, changed.
this is the act of life, in one pure moment, and in this act the truth of the world suddenly becomes revealed: all the complexity, pain, drama of life is a pretense, invented in our minds for no good purpose.
there is only the tea, and me, converging.
-thich nhat hanh: tea ceremony