Tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world, after water. This loved drink can have powerful benefits for body and mind at the same time. We all heard about various health benefits of teas but we know less about the benefits it can bring to our mind. The tea ceremony itself can be a perfect moment to relax your mind and to introduce you to the tea meditation time.
Tea is much more than just a drink, it is powerful and if you make time to pay attention to it, you start to understand more about it. I will now 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 for your body due to its components. It can be calming for your mind as well if you just allow yourself to enjoy every step of making and drinking it and to be present in the moment. It will teach you how to increase your awareness and how to live in the “now” every time you make another cup of tea.
Just the thought of a warm cup of tea gives me a cozy feeling and a smile on my face.
What is a tea meditation?
Someone perfectly described that enjoying a teacup is like a “cuddly little adventure”. And it is so true! But to get to this magical feeling, you need to allow yourself some time in your day to just focus on the simplicity of every single step of the tea ceremony.
The tea meditation starts with the moment 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.
Many of us might consider they need more time to clear your head than just the time it takes to make a cup of tea. But I will explain you step by step how to enjoy the experience and you will see how this small thing can brighten up your day. It has the power to change your state of mind and to clear your thoughts.
A simple tea meditation can be just following the below steps. But I have prepared for you some tea meditations as well which you can read next to your cup of tea. They will guide your mind and thoughts to help you to reach faster the calm and meditative state.
“Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves – slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
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 and learn to fully enjoy them. Just allow yourself a brief moment to clear your mind.
Tea Meditation Steps
The simplicity of the tea meditation makes it easy to access at any time and place. The only things needed for enjoying this moment of calm are:
- Yourself fully present in the moment
- A teacup
- Boiling water
- Few minutes you can spend only with your cup of tea
To begin the tea meditation, you can pick your favourite tea, or you can pick one that will help healing any tension or pain you have. You can even try a tea you’ve never did before. Whichever option you choose, it will be a great option.
If you need some help in choosing your tea, you can find some inspiration in some of my older posts.
You can check their benefits and choose between these :
– Teas for fighting stress
– Chamomile tea
– Green tea
– Chinese read tea (black tea)
– Nettle tea
– Mint tea
– Pu-erh tea
– Autumn Teas
Knowing that this will be your moment of calm can already make you anticipate the feeling and make your mind slow down. All my tea meditations will perfectly complement the steps of the ceremony presented below. They will help to focus on certain ways of calming your mind while enjoying your cup of tea.
1. Focus on preparing the water for your tea
Pour the water in your kettle or any other tool you are using to boil it. Listen to the sound of water bubbling and try to not focus on anything else around you.
2. Prepare your mug for brewing the tea in it.
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 mindful message or any other type, which makes you happy to use it. 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.
3. Choose your tea
Prepare your tea bag or put the loose leaves in the infuser. The main thing to remember during each step 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.
4. Pour the water and observe
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 take few deep breaths.
5. Your tea is ready
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.
6. Be grateful
Give thanks to the tea in front of you for giving you this moment of peace, to yourself for making time for this tea meditation in your life and to the universe for making this possible. Remember that there are people around the world, which don’t have clean water to drink, be grateful for this moment.
7. Tea meditation
Enjoy one of my tea meditation while drinking your warm cup of tea.
Save me for later!
You now have your favorite drink with you. With every sip you will take, you can allow yourself to get back to the moment of calm, even if it is for only a second.
We all know how to make a cup of tea in our 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 place inside you where you can always find 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.
The benefits of tea meditation are numerous and they focus on reducing anxiety and stress. For all the people that cannot find time to practice meditation, this can be a great way of introducing meditation into your life. Bringing awareness into your day-by-day activities is a great way of becoming more mindful. This tea meditation practice is nourishing your mind and soul by inducing a sense of peace and gratitude.
Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh’s thoughts on tea meditation:
“Tea is an act complete in its simplicity.
When I drink tea, there is only me and the tea.
The rest of the world dissolves.
There are no worries about the future.
No dwelling on past mistakes.
Tea is simple: loose-leaf tea, hot pure water, a cup.
I inhale the scent, tiny delicate pieces of the tea floating above the cup.
I drink the tea, the essence of the leaves becoming a part of me.
I am informed by the tea, changed.
This is the act of life, in one pure moment, and in this act the truth of the world suddenly becomes revealed: all the complexity, pain, drama of life is a pretense, invented in our minds for no good purpose.
There is only the tea, and me, converging.”
― Thich Nhat Hanh
To help and guide you through the moment of tea meditation, you can follow my tea meditations: