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亲手泡一种味道出来,成为一个有故事的人 Brew your tea, bring out an aroma and be your own story

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文:許玉蓮 By Hooi Yoke Lien

年青人课余活动做什么好呢?现在我们很多时候是独自挂在网上做各种各样的事情,诚然,具备处理网络的技能包括购物、采集资讯、电子银行事务、观看娱乐节目、找朋友聊天等等,是目前生活里要懂的事情,网络为生活带来很大程度的便利,是当代生活的趋势。

然而越是在虚拟世界投入多了,我们越不要忽视掉网下实实在在生活中的人、事、物,否则可能造成疏离感。年青人适合将泡茶养成一种惯例进行的爱好,在日常生活中定时操练,通过实践来与周围的人事物培养感情,生活才会一点一滴增加人情味,才会更加扎实起来。

泡茶如弹琴、写字、唱歌、绘画、………等,它们有一个共同点,即:亲身体验,我们要触摸过了、看过了、写过了、说过了、听过了、味过了或嗅过了,才对那样的一种活动产生真实的感受,拥有具体经历。经历对我们的人生非常重要,拥有经历,我们才会成长成为一个有故事的人。

泡茶有一套泡茶技术,如:首先要认识茶叶的名称与特质;茶具的用途、持拿法与置放处;泡茶须遵守的茶水比例、水温与浸泡时间;以及泡茶、奉茶、喝茶整个过程的程序等。在泡茶不同阶段将会面对到各色各样的人,如:喝茶者。喝茶者可能是泡茶者的家人、同学、老师、邻居,无论在任何时空碰到不同的人,我们都可以在泡茶中通过应有的仪式产生一席有人的温度的交流。

在网络上我们可以轻而易举找到很多茶叶资料和照片,不过如果只有一堆冷冰冰的文字,我们却不泡茶、不喝茶,茶汤的香味不会化为我们身体的一部分。年青人适合养成泡茶的爱好,最重要的还是,我们可以藉泡茶创造一种茶汤香味,而这种味道只有经过你亲手做才会产生,我们把这杯好喝的茶汤喝下去,这个香味就会让在场所有人产生一个共同回忆,一路牵系着我们,让我们时时觉得温暖不孤单。

What are young people doing after school these days? Understandably, most youngsters will be surfing the internet – after all, there is so much to do online: shopping, data mining, banking, catching a show or chatting with friends. Life would be decidedly different if you aren’t internet-savvy. Given the convenience it promises, it is not hard to see why internet is the megatrend now.

However, the longer we stay in the cyberspace, the more we should embrace the world we are in; otherwise, we will be estranging ourselves from where we physically are. Tea brewing is one such activity that helps us rebuild connection with our world – make it a hobby and habit, and you will soon notice how it helps bring you closer to the people and things around you. With every physical interaction in our daily lives, we will be reconnecting with the reality and our world.

Tea brewing is no different than activities such as piano playing, calligraphy, singing and painting, in that they are physical experiences that involve our senses. These experiences are made possible only after we have touched, read, written, spoken, heard, tasted or smelled something. In other words, it is a genuine feeling of being in the here and now. Such experience is very important for us; without this, we will never have our own life stories.

There is technique and skill involved in tea brewing. First, we need to identify the name and properties of the tealeaves; and then, we need to know the usage of the tea ware, the way to hold them and the place to put them; the leaf-to-water ratio, water temperature and infusion time; and the flow of tea brewing, serving and drinking. Besides, we have a chance to meet up with people from all walks of life, such as tea drinkers, at different stages of tea brewing. They may be family members, schoolmates, teachers or neighbours. Regardless of the circumstances, tea brewing and its routine reinforces this physical interaction with other people.

There is abundant information about tealeaves on the internet. However, these remain cold hard data and images remote from us if we don’t brew or drink tea; the aroma of the tea infusion will never become a part of us. Young people could develop an interest in tea brewing. Think about this, you will be able to bring out an aroma all by yourself– one that comes from your own experience of tea brewing. Take this brew, and let the aroma linger and become a collective memory of everyone present. As time goes by, tea will warm our days and keep us company. 

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