‘Its Always Tea Time’ – The Mad Hatter . Lewis Carroll.
I love a cup of tea and all its magical powers. It can revive, calm, comfort and warm you up. Even on a hot day a cup of tea can be so refreshing. If a friend is distressed or had a shock we usually put the kettle on an offer a nice cup of tea.
Tea breaks down barriers and its part of my ‘You , me and a cup of tea’ mindfulness sessions.
My morning routine begins with tea, that first sip of Earl Grey tea that is very kindly bought to me in bed each morning is the most refreshing of the day. Tea is part of my meditation ritual, often I take hot water to my hut at the bottom of the garden and prepare a cup of tea Gong Fu style. This is a Chinese method of making tea that takes time and presence.
However you choose to make your tea it offers a chance to sit down and relax. Whether its a quick dunk of the tea bag or a loose leaf in a teapot you can bring mindfulness to your tea time. Have you ever had that moment where you reach for the cup and its empty? You’ve drunk your tea but don’t remember drinking it as you were preoccupied with doing or lost in your thoughts worrying or anxious about the future. My mantra for tea drinking is simple, ‘ Sit, sip and savour’ Even if you are busy , taking a moment to focus on that first delightful sip is worth it, the first sip is the best, its the one we let out an “ahhh”.
Next time you stop for tea, drop out of autopilot, choose a lovely cup, choose your tea, maybe its time for a change? Be there for the experience. To get the best from your mindful moment remember SIT ,SIP and SAVOUR!
Enjoy your tea moments
Mindful Cup of Tea is featured in my pack of Self Care Cards. Available in the Joodles shop on the website.