or “Buddha in a cup”
Stopping and focusing on making yourself a cup of tea (or coffee!) can be a great way of practising being present, paying attention, and slowing down.
If you are having a busy and stressful day, pausing to enjoy the process of making a cup of tea is a great way to quickly regain focus and calm.
When you drink with mindfulness, you’re connecting with millions of others who have done so over the centuries.
Follow these simple tips to make the most of your tea break!
- Start by using filtered water if possible.
- Place the water on to boil. Enjoy the moment of peace and quiet while you wait for the water to boil.
- Really notice your cup/mug. The shape, and weight in your hands.
- Pour the water into your cup. Take a moment to enjoy the aroma of the tea leaves. Notice the colour, texture, and smell. What aromas can you detect?
- Upon taking your first sip – notice the temperature of the tea as it enters your mouth and your perception of the flavour as the tea moves from the front of your mouth to the back.
Doing this regularly throughout the day can be a great way to help you focus. It’s a great exercise to do before you start work on something important – where you want to focus and minimise distractions.
And best of all practising mindfulness in your everyday activities helps to decrease stress and increase happiness.
“Zencha ichimi” – tea and Zen are one