At first I going to mention that the seasonal reference in the tea ceremony was mising in the shave experience but then thought the better of it. Others who have many creams and A/S treatments often post how they modify their cologne or cream to suit the season.
One thing I've noticed is how shaving shows me how hurried my default frame of mind is. After years of the Mach3 approach I've developed a 'get it over with' mind set that definitely needs to change before I try the straight.
Along the lines of what you wrote, your article reminded me of a french cooking term called Mis En Place, which is where the cook will get all his utensils out and the ingredients prepped and ready, so when the cooking process begins, he can prepare the meal easily and effortlessly. (here's a picture of mis en place: http://lancaster.unl.edu/food/mis-en-place.jpg ).
To this end I think it should be much the same way with shaving, as far as getting out all your items, putting them in order, and getting them ready so when the shaving begins you can perform the zen-like ritual without intteruption.
Just to keep things complete in the forum, here's the post:
It occurred to me this morning, during The Daily Adventure (gold Gem Micromatic, which uses a single-edged blade, Honeybee shea butter shaving soap, Simpsons brush, Thayers Rose Petal Witch Hazel), that the shaving ritual has some aspects in common with the tea ceremony:
Special room - check
Special mode of dress - check
Contemplative, unrushed mindset - check
Cleanliness and order - check
Practice of technique requires focused attention (aka flow) - check
Use of special tools, often old - check
Tools both functional and aesthetically pleasing - check
Suspension of mind chatter, critical judgments - check
Sensessight, hearing, touch, smellfully engaged - check
Physical enjoyment of sources of warmth - check
Awareness and enjoyment of aromas arising from hot water - check
Definite sequence of steps - check
Specific structure for the entire experience, repeated each time - check
Flow is the state of mind that results when one loses consciousness of self and of time, being totally focused on a task whose intricacy and difficulty requires around 85% of ones capacity. (If the task is too easy, attention wanders; if its too difficult, anxiety results.)
Each person can find tasks appropriate for him or her to promote flow: rock climbing, painting or drawing, gardening, cooking, and the like. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi defined the term in his studies and in the book that emerged from them, Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience. You can readily score a secondhand hardback in good condition from Abebooks (I just did a quick search and found a hardback in good condition for $1.20), and its well worth reading.
Most people know that happiness is a state that generally is recognized only after the factat the time, while happy, one is not aware of it per se, but is simply enjoying the moment. Flow, as it turns out, seems to exactly describe that state, so the more flow one can arrange, the happier ones life.
Shaving, with the right approach and mindset and attention, can promote flow.
Actually, the "Shave Zen" is a rock water garden. However, I don't water running around the brushes 24/7, so I've never used the waterfall feature. However, I've been known to burn vanilla incense when shaving.