Time seems to slow down in the tea room.
Every detail seems enhanced, and each experience more vivid.
I have a higher consciousness. Not only do I see and feel more, I am more.
Light seems to look different. Dust motes seem to hang in the air. Clothes feel rougher on my skin, scents are sharper in my nose. I feel like I could spend hours poring oven the finer details of even the simplest bamboo scoop.
When my sense of appreciation is so highly attuned, you can imagine how much I cherish the smell of fresh matcha, and how deeply I enjoy that first sip.
I am finally beginning to understand the principle of wabi. The simpler life is, the more one appreciates. This is why the tea ceremony exists in a world of it’s own. It is a beautiful gift.