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Calm Breath - Calm Mind - Calm Heart

Tucked away in the White Swan Plaza we are a tea shop, yoga/meditation center, and educational facility.  We have found that drinking tea and meditating bring balance and harmony to the body, mind and spirit.  A balanced body, mind and spirit brings an overall peace and poise to life.  Our goal at Tamurai Tea is to educate and assist in the reduction of stress and excess inflammation, providing tools to enhance our quality of life and improve the integrity of our relationships. Through tea, meditation, and education we learn that in each moment we may find all the tools necessary for health and well-being.  Drawing ourselves to the present we can begin to see the beauty in all things, and this is the healing that we and our world needs. It is our intention to cultivate a space where you can discover for yourself what truths resonate within your own heart. 
In The Tamurai Tea Ceremony, we follow the meditation path of “Calm Breath - Calm Mind - Calm Heart."  As we calm the breath, the mind follows.  The subsequent calming of beta brainwave activity to alpha and theta activity allows us to still our mental pond. Tea consumption facilitates this process due to its unique chemical properties. A remarkable consequence of stilling our mind is experiencing the opening of our heart.  The open heart resonates with natural wonder and beauty.   We also begin to see a reduction of overall stress and excess physical inflammation.  These two resultant components allow us to explore the astonishing depths of our being.  In doing so we may in turn rediscover our own good health.

We propose that joy and love resonate during meditation because we re-wire and activate areas of the brain affecting our well-being.  This helps us get in touch with our heart and allows it to resonate at its fullest.  While leading us to Compassionate Thought, we become more responsible to ourselves, our relationships, and our society in general.  This responsibility lies in the balance we discover by unlocking the synergy of our mind….. our heart….. and our inner spirit. The development of a consistent meditation practice may well bring us closer toward Honoring the Spirit of Health and Well-Being.

"A human being is part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. We experience ourselves, our thoughts and feelings as something separate from the rest. A kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from the prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. The true value of a human being is determined by the measure and the sense in which they have obtained liberation from the self. We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if humanity is to survive".   Albert Einstein, 1954

The Tamurai Tea Ceremony offers insight into how, through the simple act of drinking a beverage, we can move closer to the goal and purpose of Tamurai Tea, as well as find direction toward Einstein’s “true value of a human being”.

This ceremony is designed to honor those participating.  It humbles the ego by focusing attention upon the simplest of activities.  It allows expression of an art form known as Compassionate Thought, the realization of the potential we have within our being to be the best that we can be.  It includes what we believe was Einstein’s goal - widening our circle of compassion - and ultimately our well-being.  At the center is balance.  The closer to this center we find ourselves, the closer we may be to finding our own physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. Tamurai Tea proposes that maintaining this center and its balance will significantly reduce the ongoing and excessive stress that has a negative effect on the body, mind, and spirit.  Our premise is that being centered promotes empathy and compassion.  We feel this is the secret of our well-being and also, “the true value of a human being”.

 We propose that through a continued and ongoing dedication to a personal meditation practice, great strides are possible for ourselves and our society.  It allows us to subdue the self.  It allows us to “just let go”.  In doing so, a remarkable thing happens.  We do not cease to be.  We do not lose control.  We do not lose self; instead we find a beautiful place of peace, harmony, and balance.  We now frame the self within a much purer form of energy.  We begin to see a clearer picture of the world and our place in it.  We learn the art of alchemy in converting passion into compassion.

As with the Samurai Warrior of feudal Japan, dominating Japanese history for nearly 700 years, the Samurai used the tea ceremony as a meditation to train the mind as well as explore creative forces within one’s inner nature.  By doing so, his body, mind, and spirit were then receptive to the highest form of prayer, affirmation, and intention.

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or touched – they must be felt with the heart”
Helen Keller