Hmmm, haven’t been too active on this forum. The reason is that I moved to Kyoto in the beginning of the month to study tea and life has been rather hectic ever since.
Mornings are filled with lectures related to tea and after lunch we do the practical side of the study. And then we clean. I have started to appreciate simple things like food and sleep on a totally different level. Also taking a shower or bath feels just fantastic.
In this state of being you just get so sensitive to all things around that attending things like kencha (tea offering) feel as if you would exist in another world. I guess after the whole year you just feel like you have been asleep for a long time and that this world of tea only exists inside your head.
Sometimes I get the feeling that being overloaded with new things is exactly how you get rid of too much of thinking when you do things like tea. It’s like training your auto pilot mode because you are simply too tired to think of anything.
Seeing the mountains around Kyoto every single day just makes me feel happy to exist. Kyoto really hasn’t given me much time to think of things I could possibly miss from my ordinary life. People, I guess, is the only thing I seem to lack.