I don’t about you, but I live in a city where everyone seems to be in a rush in the morning, including me. To be honest, I absolutely hate rushing in the morning. So a month ago I decided to set my alarm clock half an hour earlier and meditate with my morning tea.
It calms me down and gives me a lot more patience white cycling to my work in the morning, and in Amsterdam you really need to be calm and patience on your bike.
So how do you meditate with tea? When you wake up in the morning be aware of your thoughts. Allow them to come in and out of your mind by observing them.
First, start boiling the water.
Don’t walk away from it, but simply watch the water boil. Notice your breath as you sit there. Inhale and exhale as if each breath is cleansing your lungs and your mind.
Choose and Steep.
Choose your tea and sit and let yourself steep in the moment, while the tea leaves steep in water. Continue to focus on your breath. If your mind starts to wander, think of three things you’re grateful for, right now. Savor the quiet, and relax into it.
Warm up your teacup, before tasting the tea, close your eyes and consume it with all of your other senses. Listen to the tea pouring into the cup. Appreciate the rich, deep color of the tea. Feel the pleasure it gives you as you drink. Feel the weight and warmth of the teacup in your hands. And inhale the aromas. What does the scent remind you of? Honey? Grass? A forest after the rain?
Sip your tea like it’s the first cup of tea you’ve ever tasted. Feel the warmth of your drink on your lips, and going down your throat. Offer gratitude to the tea, and don’t forget to offer yourself gratitude for taking the time to practice awareness.
Your tea meditation doesn’t have to be long; just take a couple of minutes in the morning, or whenever you need a break. Boil, steep, pour, drink. Tea is approachable in its simplicity, yet so deep, it can take a lifetime to explore.