平常心(heijoshin): Common Heart
In such time of turbulence, it could be difficult to feel normal. Simply turning on the TV and watching the news can create a myriad of anxiety and confusion.
Silly little rituals with my sister is what kept me sane.
I ask her to make my morning coffee, to read beside me while I work, and to do weekly grocery shopping with me.
My sister's company let me better appreciate these most mundane activities.
And for me, the ability of appreciation is the first step to maintain a common/balanced heart.
Tea students in the Urasenke Urbana-Champaign association