Have you ever been to a tea ceremony?
I experienced my first one yesterday. Firstly we gathered around and observed how to make the perfect brew while listening to the legendary tales of how each tea was born.
We passed around the leaves and smelled their different aromas- green tea, oolong and jasmine. Sipping from tiny little cups we focused on the meditative aspect of drinking tea.
It was a really nice learning experience, although I have to admit I was a little sad to learn that I haven’t been drinking real tea all my life, “just dust!”
The ceremony closed with a gentle meditation and some beautiful basuri music. What more could you want- chai and music shared with friends in the mountains.. Am I dreaming?!
Following on this morning we started with the first of the student practical examinations and followed with some aerial yoga.