TEA CEREMONY AT HOME (ft. Emiko Oguri)

Bonjour! Last week I experienced the early stages of
a burnout. My thoughts were racing in a thousand directions,
they were all negative and depressed. And although I was aware of the vicious cycle
in which my mind was trapped, I could not seem to extract myself from it. We all struggle. We all face moments of despair, stress and
loneliness, most of the time when we let our thoughts overtake our being. And today I wanted to show you how tea ceremony
can really help us be in the present moment at home. How this very simple practice, that’s easier
than the meditation, has so much to teach us. So here are a few ways to readapt the principles
of tea ceremony at home, even if you don’t have the accessories. On y va? – (Aurélie) Today I invited my friend Emiko
who is a tea ceremony master in Paris. Look at how present she is, how each gesture
acts as a form of meditation. Emiko has been a huge influence on how I perceive
and appreciate interiority. Our kids go to school together and, in the
morning, after we drop them off, we often get together and have some coffee. And discuss our lives and our emotions, and
our issues and ways to be more present in our daily life, in an existence that is often
quite stressful. So today Emiko is going to teach us how to
readapt the principles of tea ceremony at home, even if we don’t have the accessories. – (in Japanese) Let’s begin! – (in Japanese) Let’s begin! I’m looking forward to it. – The idea is to take a moment for oneself. The time that you dedicate to the preparation
of the tea allows for a spring cleaning of the mind. It’s easier and faster than the meditation
and it will bring serenity and solace to your daily life. – (Emiko) Choose an area to make the tea and
clear it. You don’t need to clean the entire kitchen. Just define one area, one small area and focus
on that. This area will be all you need to concentrate
on. – (Aurélie) Everything else can be cluttered; it does not matter. Just for a few moments, all that matters is
that one clear empty space, that empty space in our minds. Just focus on that space and nothing else. – This helps us create within our private
place another place, an invisible delimitation. – “A room of one’s own”, as Virginia
Woolf would say. A sacred space. – Yes and by just clearing that small space,
you will feel better immediately. – By the way, it is a very interesting principle
to adapt to a busy household, as it teaches us to create a space of our own within a family
or actually in the workplace. Next, open the window and clear the air of
the room. And dim the lights. This helps to be in the present moment. (Aurélie) Next, look for a container in which
to put the tea. Doesn’t matter what it is: a coffee or a tea
cup, a tea pot but if you don’t have one, you can always use any container with a lid. And tea of course. Once all the elements are in place, start
by boiling the water. – (Emiko) Now that the water has boiled, pour the
leaves in the tea pot. Proportions are as follows: 3 scoops. You need another container to lower the temperature
of the water: it can be a bowl if you don’t have anything else. The sound of the water boiling is the marker
for time. It signifies time. When you hear the water boiling, leave it
for 30 seconds and turn off the heat. – Now we pour the boiling water into the first
container. And then into the tea cup -it could be a coffee
cup- to warm them up. Once the water is poured, we observe the smoke
that exudes from the cup. At first, the steam dances and there is a
lot of movement. Then another stage appears when the movement
subsides and we know that the water is now at 70 degrees Celsius. It does not matter if the temperature becomes
lower than that. The goal is to focus on the movement around
us. – We just become a silent observer: the ego
and self disappear. Action is no longer significant. – (Aurélie) If the tea we are making is not
for us but for someone else, we focus on the joy that we feel offering this tea, preparing
something for another. If we are preparing the tea for ourself, we
take this time to celebrate the attention we are giving ourself. – (Emiko) Now we will wait a minute. But instead of checking the time on a clock,
we hold the teapot in our hands to feel the heat and temperature change. – Now we will pour the tea into the cups. First, I will remove the water from the cups. And when we pour the tea into the cups, we
do so until the very last drop. That is where the Umami is: the fifth flavor,
after saltiness, bitterness, acidity and sweetness. – (Emiko) It is the fruit of patience. Everything is calm: there is a sense of nowness. The essence of life is within us. Everything we need is in this moment, in the
present moment. – We have found refuge within ourself, inside
our own home. Alors, tea ceremony at home:
– Choose an area to make the tea and clear it. – Just focus on that one small area. – Open the window and clear the air of the
room. – Dim the lights. – Look for a container in which to put the
tea, a tea cup, a tea pot, a bowl and tea. – Boil water. – Pour the leaves in the tea pot. – Pay attention to the sound of water boiling. – Pour the boiling water in the first container
and the tea cup to keep them warm. – Observe the dancing steam. – When the steam subsides, the water is at
70 degrees Celsius. – Take a moment to be grateful. – Hold the cup to feel the temperature change. – Remove the warm water from the cup. – Pour the tea in the cup until the very last
drop. – Appreciate the tea and being in the present
moment. I hope introducing you to this very simple
and zen practice will help you be in the present moment at home. I also hope it will change how you apprehend
making a simple cup of tea. Let us know how it has changed your experience. Like the video if you enjoyed it, and please
don’t forget to subscribe to the channel. Voilà… C’est tout pour aujourd’hui… “Matane!”

Michael Martin

6 Responses

  1. Hi everyone! As some of you may know, I moved to Japan on my own when I was 18 and spent four years there, studying the Japanese language, history and fine arts. Japan has had a significant influence on how I perceive and appreciate the beauty that resides in all things. So I am thrilled to share with you today how we can readapt the simple principles of tea ceremony at home, with my friend and tea ceremony master Emiko. We could all use some time to just be. No need to have any specific accessories. It's ok if you don't have a tea pot! Just take a moment to be present and enjoy what dear Eckhart Tolle calls nowness! Love always, Aurélie

  2. Can you do a video about your life and travels your so inspirational…..I recently embarked on a spiritual journey of my own and looked into sufism and how similar Chinese principles are….you seems so at ease spiritually pls do more videos about your lifestyle….being a mother myself id like to see how you juggle your life….

  3. oh,what a wonderful tea ceremony, I nearly missed your video, which means a lot to me. I am now watching your video and enjoy my tea …

  4. So nice to have you back. Love your videos too much. And of course it’s very calming, like everyone is experiencing. Cheers 👍

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