What is tea meditation?
Tea meditation is just another form of meditation we can practice easily each day, as the art of meditation is not limited to only sitting cross-legged with our eyes closed (mentally wide open) the different forms of meditation are endless. In all reality meditation is all about the centering of oneself and can be done in whatever way suits you best. As we rise many of us head to our stovetops and boil a pot of water and drink our morning tea or coffee without much thought. We prepare it and sip it up but perhaps we are overlooking the Zen that can be found within tea preparation.
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Where did tea meditation come from?
The practice of tea meditation is of ancient Chinese and Japanese origin more commonly referred to as tea ceremonies. The powerful aromas and their calming qualities were used for their medicinal purposes. Even today the health benefits of tea are s still being discovered click here to check out more. The art of making tea is the perfect addition to your morning ritual and compliments sitting meditation.
The art of making tea is the perfect addition to your morning ritual and compliments sitting meditation.
The tea meditation exercise of tea meditation is a way to set the tone for the rest of your day, building up an awareness and appreciation for the moment. To begin, like in all meditation put the electronics away, set up your area with crystals, candles, sage, incense, music or any other elements you may incorporate into your ritual.
When preparing let the water to flow allow yourself to dwell in the moment, like Bruce Lee infamously stated “empty your mind, be formless and shapeless” become the water. Once you place the water to boil, sit in calm patience concentrate on every ounce of your being within that moment. When the water comes to a boil give thanks to the ability to have conscious awareness, slowly pour the water. Before sipping take a few deep breathes with the expression of thanks and gratitude, inhale and exhale the aroma of the tea. Slowly sip contemplating on the positive forces around and within you.
Why your intention is important when doing a tea meditation for yourself?
Like all meditation, practices the ability to free the mind and allowing your thoughts to flow freely is of great importance when seeking to find your balance and center. With all the distractions we encounter from the time we wake to the time our heads hit the pillow at night we are often times thrown into a lack of mindfulness and the inability to truly be one with ourselves. Using mantras be it the common, Om or one your make up on your own are of great importance in training the mind to be in a concentrated Zen state. In the act of a tea meditation, you must put great emphasis in expressing your intentions, opening your heart and minds eye and most importantly place focus on letting go of and releasing any negative vibrations you maybe harboring. Merging your sitting meditation with the art of tea meditation is a boundless way to begin, continue or end your day. In the act of meditation, you must put great emphasis in expressing your intentions, opening your heart and minds eye and most importantly place focus on letting go of and releasing any negative vibrations you maybe harboring. Merging your sitting meditation with the art of tea meditation is a boundless way to begin, continue or end your day.
While the act of making and drinking tea is something many of us do on the daily it is, as many things we do, taken for granted. No matter how you prepare your tea, how you drink it or where you drink…do all in mindfulness to have a great tea meditation and receive the benefits.