‘Today, just because I truly need it!!! Some hope…a Tea!’ I will do one of @daddy_jozkylan teas. He seems to be always in a really nice mood! He must to, because every morning he is running a high wave…surfing in New York!!! And also drinking and sharing Tea with anyone he might encounter at the beach! Can you believe it!? I never though about surfing in NY!!! …and that Rockaway Beach at Queens looks really beautiful! It must be cold already!? Anyway, this Tea is as interesting as surfing in NY. It is an Organic Black/Oolong 2016 from Miyazaki Prefecture, Japan. Jonathan said it is a ‘true artisan tea, not only hand crafted, but created by a true artist.’ By that description, I was so eager to have a nice tea session with it since when he told me what he was sending me. I will not wait any longer!
But, how do I dress my little meditation table for this occasion? I have no flowers for today, and I really would love something up-lifting. ‘Let see?!..I’m sorry, but today, I really need something that truly remind me who “Am I’ in this carnal life, and this might work!’ I just pulled out a handcrafted plantain tree from that prize. My table is set! I light up an incense and started to boil the water. Let’s have a first impression of the tea. I opened the package and sniffed inside. ‘Hum!!! The aroma is sweet, buttery and herbal…so fresh!’ Let’s take a look to the leaves…’Yes, beautiful dark olives, lightly rusty…just by looking at them I feel solemnity!’ I’m not seeing these leaves anymore, but a calm and serene man, with the utmost concentration, gently rolling the leaves, one by one. ‘I’m already overtaken!’
Electricity failed again, but I don’t care. Because of that, husband came back from work earlier and it seems he also need a Tea. He joined me! I delve myself into the brewing. I served him the first cup. ‘IT IS GOOD!’...Wait, it is the first time he said ‘it is good!’ with so much meaning in his face and word. ‘Oh my! IT IS GOOD!’, that was me! ‘It is buttery sweet and herbaceous…it is centered! It is so nice! Let’s go for the second!’
‘It’s good! But…it taste very different!’, husband noted.’
Let’s see! What? What is it? It is perfume? Oh no! It’s the incense! Oh, it got impregnated all over the clay tea ware!’, …and that was me again!
Second brew got ruined. We tried a third and a fourth. Better, but still badly perfumed. No way, I had to place all the tea ware on hot water with the infused leaves to clean it from the incense perfume. “Let’s try a morning session with it tomorrow again!’, I suggested. He say Yes!
Sunday, September 25, 2016
Yesterday, I spent all day finishing my previous post! Sunday arrived! After a week without power, husband had to pass by his office to check if everything was okay in his lab. I offered help and an invitation to have the second session with this Black/Oolong tea outdoors at the Botanical Garden. He happily accepted…‘However, you have 30 minutes to get ready!’, he replied. ‘Thirty minutes!’, I grabbed some tea ware, my gas stove, water, and of course the Tea!!! …and also some snacks! 😉 We first, went to his office, checked that everything was working correctly, and cleaned his office refrigerator from the spoiled food. Day outdoors was ideal! We went to our preferred spot and set up at the brink of the biggest ‘Guanacaste’ tree. It was so relaxing and charming as always! Some “Changos” were making a lot of fuss while hunting for food over the soil. Water is already boiled! ‘Tea leaves also looks amazing here at the outdoors!’, I noticed. I started to brew it. Husband looked as he really wanted that moment. I served first cups...’Lord!!! This tea is a gem!’, I asserted. Again, lightly rusty, sweet buttery greens! It was…just perfect!!! Husband eagerly asked for the second cup! Pictures speaks for themselves as we just got lost in its aimlessness streams!
I take my time, I want to be myself. I don’t deny myself in the here and now. This is our practice –we call it aimlessness.– We don’t put a goal in front of ourselves and run after it constantly. If we do, we’ll be running all our life and never be happy. Happiness is only possible when you stop running and cherish the present moment and who you are. Who you are is a wonder, you don’t need to be someone else. You are a wonder of life.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
I owe you the stain,
that neither the soap,
or the griddle iron,
can take out off me.
‘Jíbaro’ I was born,
to the air I bring the treasure,
of your gold cluster,
and your green and broadleaf.
And I will always carry your stain,
per ‘secula seculorum’ (“forever”!).