Afternoon Tea ~ 12/7/17

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There are few hours in life more agreeable
than the hour dedicated to the ceremony
known as afternoon tea.
HENRY JAMES
The Portrait of a lady 
 
The tea ceremony can be a ritual of giving and receiving. It requires
tranquility and patience, as well as the grace to absorb the subtle
nuances of a cultured life lived well. Sadly, all too often, most of us
are too rushed and too pressured, we don’t have time, and we don’t
take time, for tea.
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The Zen monks returned to Japan from China in the 12th
century,  bringing with them the powdered green tea they used as a
mild stimulant to enhance their meditations. Today the tea ceremony
is an esthetic ideal, with attention paid to tea utensils, a
flower arrangement, paintings and food. The mere fact that you can
boil water color add tea leaves, and create a powerful experience calmer forces
us to pause. The purpose of a tea ceremony is to entertain, to
share, to convert life gently into a work of art.
The tea ritual is one of purification. Inviting someone to tea
implies caring. 
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