Monday, May 28, 2012
Memorial Day, Pentecôte, Life and Death
The tea ceremony starts like an ancient rite, a sacrifice. The leaves meet boiling water, trapped in a white gaiwan. (In China, white is a symbol for death). The slow and careful gestures add gravity, capture our attention and rest the mind.
In the second part, bright colors fill the white cups. In their ultimate death, the leaves give their best flavors. Death and life are part of the same cycle... Tea is then a further source of comfort. We can drink it in a way of communion, absorbing the 'spirit', the energy of that plant.
The view from above is peace...