Is tea more than just a hot drink?
Tea is such a simple thing, which some people enjoy daily and others just from time to time. But tea is much more than this, tea is powerful and if you make time to pay attention to it, you will see that. I will try to show you how to do that and how to get back to the present moment by just enjoying a simple cup of tea.
This drink has been known for its benefits for ages, and one of them is the calming effect. But it is not only calming because of what it contains. It can be calming if you just allow yourself to enjoy every step of making and drinking it.
Just thinking about tea gives me a cozy feeling and a smile on my face.
Someone said that enjoying a teacup is like a “cuddly little adventure”. And it is so true! It describes exactly how I feel. But to get to this magical feeling, you need to allow yourself some time in your day to just focus on the process.
When you decide to make yourself a tea and you are heading towards your kettle, you already made the first step for achieving a bit of calm in your day. It means you stopped whatever you were doing and you can use this time to clear your mind. You might think that you need more time to clear your head, but stay with me and you will see how this small thing can brighten up your day.
Making a tea-cup while you are still replaying in your head all the troubles of the day will not help. Just try to take a deep breath and tell yourself that these 5 minutes are only yours. You are allowed at least these minutes for yourself so why not take advantage of them? The tasks of the day will still be there after you come back. And unless the world will be on fire because of you and your little teacup, just allow yourself a brief moment to clear your mind.
Believe me or not, but if you take a short break from all the crazy stuff in your day, when you go back to them with a fresh mind you might even solve them quicker.
Getting back to what I started saying, imagine: yourself, everything you need to make your teacup and 5 minutes when nobody can interrupt you. Doesn’t this already start to sound great?
Knowing that this will be your short moment of calm can already make you anticipate the nice feeling. Focus on preparing the water for your tea and pour it in the kettle(or any other tool you use to boil it). Listen to the sound of water bubbling.
Prepare your mug for brewing the tea in it. At this point, having a mug that you love will help with the entire process. It can be a mug you got from a dear friend, it can be just a colorful one that brings positive vibes, one with a message or any other type, which you are happy to use. When you take that mug in your hands and you feel a positive vibe. It will just brighten up your short period of time when you are using it. This also teaches you to enjoy the little things around you.
Meanwhile, you can choose your tea bag or put the loose leaves in the infuser. The trick is to just be aware of every move and enjoy the anticipation of drinking your tea, which will soon warm you up, on the inside.
When the water is ready, just pour it in the mug and watch the slow color transformation. It is beautiful how the water turns into the amber-like brew. Enjoy the moment of peace and just forget about anything that is happening out of this time frame. Don’t forget to breath and it will all be fine. I heard that breathing is really good for your health! 🙂
Your tea is almost ready now, but there is no reason to rush. Take out the tea leaves and you now have a great cup of freshly brewed tea. Enjoy its smell for few seconds and carefully let it guide you back to your day.
You now have your lovely potion with you. With every sip you will take, you can allow yourself to go back to the calm moment, even if it is for only a second.
This entire ritual is actually a tea meditation and a mindful moment. These might sound like fancy and complicate terms indeed. But if we translate them into simple actions that we do day by day, we will dare to try them without the fear of failing. Because sometimes using fancy words kind of scares us to try it. Everybody knows how to make a cup of tea in their own way. By just doing something you already know you will feel encouraged to try this. By adding small pieces of mindfulness throughout your day you can improve your overall experience of the present moment.
Every little step I mentioned above is easy to apply. After you start doing this, you will see that making and drinking tea will mean much more to you. You will associate them with the corner of your inner peace. And you will know that is not difficult to come back here anytime you want or need.
It is your time, your body and your mind. They are yours, so have the courage to take control of them, even if it is for 5 minutes. Don’t let the infinite number of thoughts invade your mind. Tell them to wait in line, clear your mind and take them one by one. Make space in your life for a cup of tea and make space in your head for each of your thoughts.
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