Charm of Chan and Tea
Listening to the murmurs of the flowing water，relax physically and spiritually, quietly practice one round of “Chan cultivation and Tea preparation”; or make a small piece of nice cookie for the kid, or have a date with husband to go for a movie liked by both of us. That is me. My family life is peaceful and warm.
But, before this I was not like that. In the eyes of friends, I was once considered as a “strong man”; in the eyes of my husband, a “strong lady”. I still remember when my daughter was small, when I told her stories about the grey wolf in “Little Red Hat”, about the vicious queen in “Princess Snow”, she always answered gently “yes, mum”. Whenever I heard that from her, I felt real bad and guaranteed her that in the future I would not simply throw tantrums at her for no reason. However, when she was naughty, I was unable to control myself and started to yell loudly at her. After that I regretted and was annoyed with myself. This happened again and again.
Subsequently, under the influence of my grand-mum and mother, I got to know about Chan and began to learn “Chan cultivation and Tea preparation”. I studied Chan, tea, music, art and poems. To a person who used to love arts, I immediately fell in love with “Chan cultivation and Tea preparation” and met many kind-hearted and sincere friends.
Let me share with you some of the benefits of Chan meditation, tea preparation and tea-drinking: Become patient, steady and calm, amiable and easy-going when dealing with matters and people.
Now my daughter has apparently become a little tea preparer, laying out my tea set and playing with me happily. She looks rather serious when she meditates and prepares tea with me. Her school teachers commented that her concentration improved a lot.
Especially my husband, now he will invite his friends to come to our house. He will say to me, “Darling, take out your tools and prepare a kettle of tea for us please.” I will obligingly and smilingly put on my beautiful tea dress and start a fire to boil tea. During that time, I can always notice the contentment and happiness in the eyes of my husband.
Work, life, Chan meditation; no hurry and easy-going , dealing with people sincerely -- I really tasted happiness!