December 19, 2016
Whether it be chamomile, chai, Earl grey, green, or any of the myriad varieties of tea, the beverage holds a dear place in the hearts of people worldwide. When taking that first sip, the taste of the pure substance travels through the veins and heart, and creates a wholesome experience. I’ve found that drinking tea can be a rather meditative undertaking, that the act of boiling the kettle, brewing the tea, and sipping from my mug helps me transition to a higher state of mind. This elevated mental state fills me with contentment and enables me to concentrate more efficiently, which comes in handy when I need to perform intense rituals. Whether or not you’re a practitioner, taking time to slow down and appreciate the steps in your everyday cuppa tea is a nice way to enjoy a slow moment within a fast paced day.
The emphasis of this practice is to take your time and allow this to be a mindful experience. Fill your kettle with crisp, cold water. Reheating already used water takes away from the tea’s flavor. In order to conserve, try to not put more water in the kettle than what you need, so that you don’t throw out too much each time.
Don’t walk away when putting the kettle on the stove. It’s easy to turn on the stove, take a seat, and browse online while absently waiting for the kettle’s whistle. However, by standing in the kitchen, phone away, and waiting for the kettle to boil, you’ll find yourself taking notice of how long it actually takes for the water to heat up. You may find yourself appreciating the tea more through acknowledging the energy that goes into heating the water.
After the kettle boils to your satisfaction, slowly pour the water over your tea bag/tea leaves, taking notice of the steam rising and leaves releasing their aroma. You may want to set a timer to make sure you don’t over-brew your tea. Personally, I prefer to keep track of time in my mind, as it forces me to pay mind to the tea.
After the tea is brewed to your satisfaction, carefully add whatever you normally do to your beverage. Raise the mug to your mouth. Look into the tea, appreciating all that went into making that simple cup we take so lightly. Take that first sip, and enjoy.
In the fast-paced western world, I find that people take things for granted, and do not think about what goes into making the food and drinks we love so much. By staying close and concentrating on the task at hand, not only will you gain greater understanding concerning the things we love to partake in, but you can also utilize the action in order to meditate and slow down for a short while. Enjoy your tea!