Japanese tea ceremonies are rich in meaning. The tea ceremony is a journey of transformation that celebrates hospitality through graceful movements, simple materials and the mindful preparation and consumption of tea. What if we approached life like this tea ceremony?  What if we approached life with humility, restraint, and quiet refinement?  Life is an occasion to honor others and all creation with mindful loving care.  In our hyper-connected world what does it take to slow us down?  What does it take for us to set aside time daily and unplug from cell phones, ipods, ipads, the internet, social media, and a hosts of ways to communicate, distract, entertain, or work ourselves around the clock?  Mindfulness – like the Japanese tea ceremony – privileges slow over fast, quality over quantity and quiet over noisy.  The Japanese tea ceremony embodies the beauty of mindfulness. May you find richness in slowing down. May you find quality in simple pleasures.  May you find quiet space within your own heart. Enjoy the journey.

anthony glenn miller

mandala-bright

The sage may seem to be perplexed,

being neither bright nor clear,

and to himself, sometimes he seems

both dull and weak, confused and shy.

Like the ocean at night,

he is serene and quiet,

but as penetrating as the winter wind.

 Chapter 20 – Tao Te Ching

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Now concerning love of the brothers and sisters, you do not need to have anyone write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another; and indeed you do love all the brothers and sisters throughout Macedonia. But we urge you, beloved, to do so more and more, to aspire to live quietly, to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we directed you, so that you may behave properly toward outsiders and be dependent on no one.

I Thessalonians 4:9-12