“Just boiling water and making tea, just drinking it. Nothing else.”
~ Soen’s Tea Ceremony
True wakefulness is being fully present within the happening of consciousness… nano-second by nano-second. If we are fully present… we experience presence… our being as consciousness… and it is always blissful because bliss is the very nature of the consciousness that we are… that all is.
For the most part… we are not fully present within our experience. We are identified with the mind and its stories… which distract us from being present and experiencing presence as blissful consciousness.Soen’s Tea Ceremony is all about authentic wakefulness and resultant presence. There is no philosophical story to accompany it. It is just a witnessing consciousness watching what is happening. Boiling water… making tea… drinking it… and nothing else. Just watching and experiencing presence which is always blissful.
This week… why not bring your focus to how wakeful you are within your ongoing experience. Open your awareness and take a step back from your thinking mind. Just be a witnessing consciousness watching what is happening. Then observe that when you are fully present… it results in presence as blissful consciousness. You are here… it is now… and it is enough.