The Bliss of Slowing Down

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This weekend, I watched a Japanese tea ceremony at the Kimbell Art Museum. I’ve seen them before but—for some reason—this was especially meaningful.

The pace was slow and methodical. The silence in the room was extraordinary. To have 100+ people experiencing an intense quiet together is a breathtaking, powerful thing. Every moment was packed with meaning. And not one moment was a “throwaway.”

Respect and attention was given to every detail and for every item. The guests took the time to appreciate the items in the room when they entered and before they left. Utensils were purified before and after being used.

Overall, the entire ceremony was so reverent. Worshipful, even. I found it quite meditative as well.

The near-hour ceremony left me feeling refreshed and wanting more. I went through the “Lands of Asia” exhibit slowly, enjoying the solitude that my earplugs readily provided.

I then went outside and sat by the reflecting pool for another 45 minutes. I meditated. I prayed. I listened to the birds happily tweeting. I enjoyed a delightful cool breeze dancing on my face.

I came home feeling…complete. The highlight of my day was simply “being” in the midst of the slow. The unhurried. The unrushed purity of the moment.

It felt like my entire body and spirit took a big, long, deep sigh of lazy, unadulterated contentment. It was blissful.

I’m making a new commitment to myself:  to put away anything with a screen and create more unsullied, beautiful moments like this on a regular basis. They are truly good for my spirit, my body and my soul. If you’d like to join me, please do so and let me know how it goes on my Facebook page.

Be #True, and have a Refreshing and Productive Day!