Drink your tea slowly and reverently,
As if it is the axis on which the whole world revolves —
Slowly, evenly, without rushing to the future.
Live the actual moment.
Only this moment is life.
– Thich Nhat Hanh
The best state of mind in which to drink tea is one of deep meditation.
The second best is while looking at a beautiful landscape or listening to music.
The third best is sharing a stimulating conversation.
In all cases, it is necessary to aspire toward a quiet and tranquil frame of mind.
– attributed to Chinese Zen Master Paichanng