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Getting Back to the Art of Tea

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Lately, I’ve been finding myself getting back to the Art of Tea.

For years and years, I’d skipped the whole tea drinking thing, but, when I was in high school I remember trying to do my own Japanese Tea Ceremonies in my room!

Yes, I was a poser… But I’d always been fascinated in general with Asian Culture, from India to Japan, and the whole Art of the Japanese Tea Ceremony fascinated me.

Of course, tea drinking has its origins in ancient Asian culture, but England has had a longstanding tradition of drinking tea!

Anyway, I’ve been studying up on the tradition of Tea in the United Kingdom, as well as the Japanese Tea Ceremony.

For instance, having Tea in England is actually a time around 4pm when the English have food and beverage (and not necessarily solely about drinking Tea), which is a way of having a small meal between Lunch and Dinner, especially when dinner would be scheduled later and later in the evening.

And the British will have a more formal tea time, or they might drink an informal mug of tea, several times a day, so tea drinking is not exclusive to a certain time of the day.

Also, in Japan, tea drinking can be as informal as drinking green tea during meals, or it can involve a traditional and detailed ceremony that requires certain tea wares and clothing, as well as a specific ritual that follows specific steps during the tea ceremony.

Backyard - May 6, 2010

I remember back in high school, I had my own quiet time, listened to quiet Zen Meditation music, with a small Japanese Tea Set I’d botten from an Oriental Gift Shop downtown, and I somehow acquired a small table to do my tea ceremony on. It’s something I’d like to do again but with a little more seriousness and dedication. And, maybe I’ll have it at a certain time of day, like at 4pm like the British!

But yes, I am drinking more tea these days, and it’s more of the herbal tea variety. As a matter of fact, I’ve been drinking lots of Chamomile Tea, which is very soothing and calming, and great for the digestion.

I plan on having regular tea time out in the backyard patio. Hot tea for when it’s cool or chilly, or Iced Tea for when it’s warm or hot.



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Carlos Rull is a musician living in the San Diego area. His interests include Yoga, Eastern Philosophy, Zen Buddhism, and Gardening. He plays drums, piano, and composes New Age & Ambient music, and his albums are available on iTunes and Amazon.com.

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