seven rules


Arrange flowers as if they are growing in the field
Lay the charcoal so that it heats the water well
In the summer, suggest coolness
In the winter, warmth
Be ready ahead of time
Prepare for rain just in case
Treat guests with the utmost consideration

Sen no Rikyu's "Seven Rules for the Way of Tea" (cited in Kenya Hara's White) also make for appropriate resolutions for a gentle new year.

Photograph by Johanna Tagada