Creating ceremony or a bond between those engaged in tea ceremony does not need to be complex in its process. It can be simple and intimate. According to Sen Soshitsu, Ura Senke Grand Tea Master XV in his booklet on The Urasenke Tradition of Tea he describes, “Chado, the Way Of Tea, as based upon the simple act of boiling water, making tea, offering it to others, and drinking of it ourselves. Served with a respectful heart and received with gratitude, a bowl of tea satisfies both physical and spiritual thirst.” Sharing a bowl of freshly whisked matcha can add a deep sense of renewal with one’s nature and strengthen their commitment to greater satisfaction of union with oneself, universe, and ceremonial host. Through mutual respect, purity and a deep sense of peace we can personalize ceremony with raw elements of artistic beauty that can only be obtained from careful attention over time. The first step is to find the occasion that resonates with you. The reason could be the change of seasons, sealing a momentous decision, or simply as an art of completely engaging the senses. The lineage and tradition passed on with tea from various regions all specify these simple acts as an art of self mastery, although it is important to note that even Tea Masters started somewhere so don’t let the goal or status that one would achieve be the determining factor over creating Chado. Explore varying ways of producing Chado with an open mind. Through trial and error you may begin to break free of mundane techniques and design your level of enjoyment in the way of tea.