What has supported me through this difficult time was "Sado", Japanese tea ceremony. During the lockdown, many things were shifted to online in various ways such as remote work, online learning, online exercise sessions etc...and I was lucky enough to have an opportunity to continue learning Japanese tea ceremony online in a different way. Not every tools and utensils are available at home, however, not to mention tea room.
Thus I have learnt the spirit of "Mitate".
It's been almost a year since I started learning Japanese tea ceremony here in Singapore. Every time after the lesson, I've realised how much I had led things by without caring about what was happening close to me in my everyday life. In today's world that is changing with dizzying speed, if I at odd times pause for a moment with my five senses, renew my awareness of connecting to nature and being alive. That is what Japanese tea ceremony reminded me first.