I am not sure where the habit of the daily cup of matcha comes from? When I think back to it, I have always loved white, yellow, and particularly green teas. I think matcha came out from being part of a few tea ceremonies in Japan, and while I never was fond of the taste, I tried it later in life when I read of all the antioxidant properties in one small cup. It could also just be the process of how you make matcha that is appealing with the little bamboo whisk to create the frothy green top?
Tea came into my radar long after coffee. There was a period when I was a decent coffee snob. I could come up with a few other colorful words for what I was, yet, I am happy that whatever that phase was has passed. My journey into the complexities and love of tea came in Chicago Illinois of all places, where an ex-British Airways purser saw I was trying to make sense of all the various choices with tea and took the time over a week during my break to set up tastings of several cups. She and her husband’s kindness opened the door to my enjoyment of tea today.
What has changed is that I rarely go to a coffee shop, and teas shops are rare to go in and brainstorm. It is as if I have enough broad ideas to work in, and in my limited time left on this earth, I am pretty much pushing into controlled environments for food and people. The food is simply a fascinating journey into watching a plant grow from nothing in any situation. This morning it is about 10f or -23 c and plants are happy as clams inside.
Now my problem is that I have attacked three processes with food that probably will provide all one needs inside one’s own home. It is like I am stepping back in time and merely applying computer technologies and sensor networks to it all.
When It comes to humans. Instead of taking them out for an entertaining, “high.” the work is more for introspection and spaces for people to get a breather from the stress of ordinary life, but in a healthy way. I look at the amounts of things we do to medicate ourselves and how little we do to simply improve our physical, mental, or spiritual fitness beyond an hour a week, and yet, we expect radical changes.
I think perhaps I just realized the sad reality of it all. As a whole I don’t think people really want to change; instead they are trying to acquire or put together some space where the environment is controlled and minimal, or no disruptions of life occur. This is a beautiful idea, and you can have this state for brief periods, but I don’t know how, or what one can do to keep this in perpetuity unless one has a great deal of disposable income.
what is see is a lot of people chasing the image of an ideal that someone else made up as the model for success and happiness in a material world.
the stuff of the world is nice and will provide you with moments of happiness, but it won’t provide you with a stream of joy that you are walking in unless you let go of “stuff.”
Then again, that's been my walk in learning in life. What about your journey? As you age, what values have shifted in your life?
Guess it is time to make the cup of morning matcha.