I spent a lovely hour recently drinking matcha thin tea in a serene tea room among friends and tea enthusiasts. Our host, M (in the light kimono above), prepared our tea with beauty, precision and grace. Her teacher (on the right), of the Sweet Persimmon blog, provided us with context and guidance on how to be a guest. I felt very welcome and at ease, despite my novice participation.
Enjoying a bowl of tea was educational and centering for me, yet I never lost sight of the reason we were gathered -- to honor and offer our thoughts and prayers for the people in Japan, and to make a donation to a non-profit agency helping with the recovery.
One kind word can warm three winter months.