It’s Noon, and that same old feeling is back again. Whether it’s your lunch hour or study break, the same mid-day, drowsy, unmotivated emotions come trickling in. You need a pick-me-up, fast. Instead of reaching for an energy drink, try a tea meditation to calm the mind and release stress.
Tea is the most popular beverage in the world, other than water. Hot or iced, caffeinated or herbal, there’s no denying it’s existence in our lives. However, we often don’t take the time to slow down and appreciate the effect of tea on the body and mind.
Tea ceremonies have been practiced by Japanese Zen monks for centuries, but the benefits of this tradition can be applied to modern lives as well.
When drinking tea becomes a pleasurable act, we start to look forward to it. Tea is known to be stress reducing, but the effects go much deeper when it is consumed mindfully. Additionally, cravings for harmful vices can be calmed when we replace the addictive habits with a healthy practice. Drinking tea nourishes the body, and mindfully enjoying the act of drinking tea nourishes the soul.
Simply creating rituals throughout the day is a great way to cultivate your meditation practice. A tea meditation is a calming way to start your day, step away from homework for a study break, recharge on your lunch hour, or close your day. Often, we get stressed or anxious when there are too many things on our plate.
Taking the time to take a step back and clear the mind can help you to be more effective and efficient throughout the day. As you go through the steps of the tea meditation, be mindful and aware of what is happening in the present moment.
Steps for a Tea Meditation Practice
The body and mind need rest in order to function properly. When you are feeling stressed or anxious, taking the time for a tea meditation allows the mind to rest, relax, and prepare for the upcoming activities of the day. Cultivating appreciation for simple acts like drinking tea can help you practice mindfulness and meditation throughout the day.
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