When I lived in Japan, one of my students was a rather revered master of the tea ceremony. On one occasion, my roommate and I were invited by her to participate in one. It is highly ritualistic and at times beautiful. It is fascinating to see people really concentrating on something. They’ve got laser focus and every movement seems deliberate.
Today, I got treated to a less esoteric version of this for Today’s Perfect Moment.
While I was in the company lunchroom, one of the staff, who happens to be Japanese, was making herself some matcha (green tea, but not the kind of green tea that comes from bags.) She heated up the bowl. She scooped out an amount of powdered green tea and then took out the whisk to make it all frothy. I was watching, but she didn’t notice me watching her. She was doing her task, more meditatively than ritualistically, though I could easily have confused the two.
I tried to take in the whole scene. I watched her movements, her body language, and her facial expressions. They showed both concentration and anticipation. When she was finally ready to drink, she casually rotated the bowl a few centimetres, and brought it to her lips. Her shoulders dipped in relaxation and her grin grew slightly. I didn’t hear a sigh of contentment, but I felt it must be there. She was definitely experiencing and enjoying a Perfect Moment.