Gongfu Girl is on vacation. She hopes you will enjoy this excerpt from Tea Life, salve Tea Mind by Soshitsu Sen XV.
“Respect” is the sincerity of heart that liberates us for an open relationship with the immediate environment, for sale our fellow human beings, medical and nature, while recognizing that innate dignity of each. Respect gives structure to a tea gathering and orders the exhanges among the participants, primarily through the standardization of tea etiquette. But in a much broader sense, without regard for appearances, this principle presses us to look deeply into the hearts of all people we meet and at the things in our environment. It is then that we realize our kinship with all the world around us.