TEA MEDITATION: A GATEWAY TO MINDFULNESS AND PEACE
“Drink you tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves- slowly, evenly without rushing towards the future. Live the actual moment. Only this moment is life.”
–Thich Nhat Hanh
Drinking tea has been a peaceful and comforting ritual in many cultures. It offers a time of day to rest and pause, to take a break from work.
In Buddhism mediation and the invigorating properties of tea are closely associated. Monks helped spread the usefulness of tea in their practice, and it became an important part of rituals and spiritual traditions throughout many cultures including China, Japan, and Korea.
Tea is associated with the practice of clearing one’s mind to relieve the stress of the day.
WHAT IS TEA MEDITATION?
Tea meditation is a form of meditation while drinking a tea. It involves being mindful and aware during all aspects of tea, including making the tea, drinking the tea and being aware of post-drinking effects of tea on our body.
Anyone, of all ages, and at any time of the day can practice tea meditation.
THE BENEFITS OF TEA MEDITATION:
- Decreases stress and anxiety and improves mental focus.
- All the benefits of drinking tea.
- Gives Peaceful moment and increases mindfulness.
- Maintains healthy balance in the body.
- Enhance self-awareness.
- Nurture Kindness and gratitude.
HOW TO PRACTICE TEA MEDITATION
1. CHOOSE YOUR TEA:
Choose you tea according to your mood and physical need. Perhaps you want caffeinated blend for energy boost or you are looking for something soothing to calm you down.
What’s in your mind today? Would you like to go for loose leaf tea or bagged tea? Be aware about your intension behind your choice of tea.
2. BOIL WATER:
Simply sit, find a comfortable position, watch and listen as the water slowly comes to the boil. Notice your breathe, listen to the sound of the water simmering in the kettle.
3. STEEP YOUR TEA:
Look at, appreciate, and evaluate the unique appearance, shape, and color of the leaf. Add leaves to the boiled water.
As the leaves steep in the water, be present and continue to focus on your breathe. See the leaves as they open and unfurl in the front of you. See the color becoming darker.
4. POUR THE TEA:
Listen the sound of the tea while pouring it into the teapot, the sound of the teapot lid slid across the top of the teapot, and the sound of the tea being poured into the cup.
Appreciate the eye-catching color of the tea. Inhale the aroma of both the tea liquor and the wet tea leaves after steeping. How does it smell? Refreshing and enticing?
5. PRACTICE GRATITUDE:
Take a moment to appreciate the tea and all the other things that made your cup of tea a reality.
Express gratitude for all the people who put in work to grow, harvest, package and deliver it to you. Say thanks to all of them who made your cup of tea possible.
Give thanks to the tea in front of you for giving you this moment of peace.
6. SIP YOUR TEA:
Breathe out. Take a sip as if it’s first time you have ever tasted tea. Hold a tea liquor in your mouth and breathe in through you nose.
Swallow the tea. Breathe out. Take it slow and be intentional with every sip.