Are you feeling stressed to the max? Wanting to slow down but don’t know how?
Remember when you were little and you would be doing one thing at a time – be it drawing a picture, making a block house, or playing with a doll or train?
Remember how much you enjoyed being completely absorbed by doing just one thing?
That’s what mindfulness is – being present and focused on what is in front of you. There are many ways of doing that. Tea mindfulness is a great way to take care of yourself without complicated steps.
You can do it anywhere, and just five minutes is all it needs.
To practise tea mindfulness, I use leaf tea.
It helps a multi-tasker like me to slow down.
I must admit, though, that my version of mindfulness is less slow than some others. Mindfulness eating and drinking, I have come across as well, which takes very conscious presence in biting, smelling and eating every bit of the food and savouring its texture.
I am a bit impatient; so my tea mindfulness exercise is shorter – but I love it.
Because it is shorter, I slip it into my breakfast routine while getting my girls ready for school. I do it midday over lunch, and I try to do that every Monday night when I ‘schedule’ a time to connect with my hubby.
Let’s do it…
First choose a tea that tickles your heart at this moment.
Open the canister, and have a smell of it.
Give yourself thanks for taking time to have a micro ‘me’ time.
Spoon out the tea and observe it going into the teapot / tea infuser.
Boil water. Pour water onto the tea leaves.
Observe the steam for a moment.
Take a deep breath.
Envelop yourself in the aroma for a second or two.
When the tea is ready, pour it with a smile.
Tell yourself that you are ready for a nice cup of tea.
When you drink it, let the tea slowly warm your throat and your chest.
Take a sip and give yourself permission to relax – even for just a minute.
Drink the tea without phone, computer or anything else.
Just let the tea monopolise you for ONE WHOLE MINUTE – or till you are done drinking the tea.
Just look out of the window.
Be in wonderment of how little tiny leaves can give you such joy.
And be grateful.
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