For quite some time, I have had a fascination with the East - the history of China and Japan, the samurai and their Bushido, the Forbidden City, the "belief" of Taoism, and so much more. A while ago, I began incorporating meditation into my daily routine and I'm glad I did. However, today I stumbled upon a form of meditation that I hope to do more of in the near future. I'm going to share it with you tonight.
I call it: chado dreaming.
Chado is literally The Way of Tea, a philosophy and way of life that makes tea much more than just leaves in a cup of hot water. The process of chado dreaming is thus: make a cup of tea then, when you are about to take a sip, deeply inhale the fragrance of the tea, close your eyes, and allow yourself to be "overpowered" by the tea. Today, I did this by accident with a cup of sencha green tea. When I slowly inhaled the fragrance of the sencha, I allowed myself to enjoy the tea with more than just my taste buds. I want to share with you my thoughts during the "dreaming":
I "find" myself in the middle of a verdant valley after a rainfall.
The clean and fresh smell is quite intoxicating and it feels as though it is a new beginning.
Wiping the slate clean.
To forgive past wrongs.
A gentle breeze comes through the valley.
Although I am alone, I feel here and now.
I think I'll be doing more of this with other blends. If you try out this form of "meditation", I'd love to hear what you "dreamt" of during that time.