Monday, April 21, 2008

The Book Of Tea

"Teaism is a cult founded on the adoration of the beautiful among the sordid facts of everyday existence," wrote Kakuzo Okakura. I am sure he wrote it on a Monday.

"It is essentially the worship of the Imperfect, as it is a tender attempt to accomplish something possible in this impossible thing we know as life." Oh yeah, definitely on a Monday. Look at this mess.

Tea ceremonies are steeped in ritual. Okay, laugh. Wait until you hear the narrator on the clip. As I gather up my MITs for this week. (Translation: most important tasks), look at the eighth inch progress on the tape measure (grab victories where you can)and pull myself into the stillness of creation (go over my notes, map out a plan), I am reminded to take time to breathe. Gather oneself. Appreciate something as simple as line. And how one gets from here to there. Oh yes, we are going on a Zen Retreat. Open the universe of our minds...yep, organizing Monday is here.


ParisBreakfasts said...

Such a lovely post!
And on Monday when we most need a bit of encouragement and beauty...
How did I forget that KEY word...
Merci for the reminder :)
Your desktop does not look a mess at all - most intriguing in fact
And 8" in one week!!!
I'll have what she's having!

Janice C. Cartier said...

Eighth inch only I am afraid. But I will take it happily. :) Good luck with YOUR M.I.T.s :) JC

Judy Mackey said...

Is it a mess? It looked very artistic to me. Thank you for "M.I.T." I have a lot of those.

Janice C. Cartier said...

Hi Judy-Yeah, all the scribbling beneath is a bit of chaos. M.I.Ts easy touchstone, when looking for a path. Ooh I 'll take artistic. You are so kind .JC

goldenzen said...

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Janice C. Cartier said...

Harmony- It was those Men With Pens again! The Zen Retreat is a state of mind...stay tuned. :) JC