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January 21, 2022 5 min read
Drinking tea has always been a calm and comforting ritual for a plethora of cultures that have survived the test of time as it is still very much alive today. This seemingly universal ritual brings people together, helps to center your mind, and can even bring a sense of peace into your daily routine. Sound too good to be true?
That may be, but if done right and with intention, tea meditation can actually help you quiet your mind and thus, make your meditation practice that much easier. If you’ve ever tried mediation, chances are your biggest struggle was to do just that: quiet your mind. We tend to have that endless chatter of our minds going on in the background, right? This may be especially true if we sit in silence with only our inner monologues playing to distract us.
Let’s dive into tea mediation and how it can help you become fully present and press pause.
Let’s first talk about the origins of tea meditation and how it came to be a common ritual today. After Japanese Zen monk Eisai Zenji brought tea seeds back from China way back in 1100 A.D, tea became an important part of Japan’s culture. In fact, due to tea’s soothing qualities, it quickly became a part of Zen monks’ daily routine as they attempted to reach satori or enlightenment. Soon after, tea evolved to become a staple when students of Zen would practice mediation. Isn’t history so interesting?
So how is tea meditation practiced today? Well, it incorporates being, present and mindful during all aspects of the tea ritual. This includes preparing the tea, consuming it, and being hyper-aware of the effects it has on your body and mind. By the way, there is no right or wrong time of day to enjoy mindful tea meditation. Feeling like you need to start the day with intention? Make it a habit in the morning. Alternatively, try a tea mediation around that 3 pm funk for more clarity and focus. Lastly, if you’re looking to introduce more of a slower bedtime routine you can absolutely call on the soothing benefits of tea to help you practice for a peaceful night’s sleep.
In theory, tea mediation is quite easy as the process is virtually no different than making a normal cuppa. Of course, the difference lies only in that extra layer of mindfulness and sensory awareness that you’ll bring forth with each step. It’s ok if you’re pressed for time as the whole process should take about 10-15 minutes to complete. Let’s get into how to make mushroom tea for meditation.
When selecting your mushroom tea, think about your current mental and physical needs. As each mushroom offers different health benefits, it’s important to take this into consideration if you want to get the most out of your tea meditation. For example, if you’re in need of mental focus and clarity, opt for a Lion’s Mane mushroom powder. Need to wind down after a long day? Try Rritual’s reishi relax powder made with ashwagandha and cacao.
Do you have a favorite cup? We’re willing to bet that you do. There’s something about hugging your go-to cup that brings even more comfort to your tea drinking experience. Be sure to choose a cup that lights up your soul.
A watched kettle never gets boiled, you say? This is when that old saying doesn’t ring true. This mindful process is all about being hyper-aware and acting with intention. Find a comfortable position and begin to deepen your breath. Close your eyes. As you breathe, notice the sound of the water as it begins to boil. Become aware of any intruding thoughts like impatience creep in as you’re waiting for the water to boil and do your best to stay patient at the moment. As the water starts to audibly boil, open your eyes and watch the steam escape from the kettle. Finally, hear the sound of the kettle’s whistle letting you know it’s boiled.
Watch the color change as you pour the boiled water into your favorite cup. See the color become darker, richer, more flavourful. Think about how it will taste. Add in any natural sweeteners or your preferred milk products and again, watch how the colors change as your stir the ingredients together. Think about how much you enjoy the honey, sugar, cream, non-dairy milk, or whatever you have added to your tea.
As you grab your cup, hold it up to your nose and take a deep breath. Breathe in the tea’s aroma. Notice what it reminds you of and how it makes you feel. Feel the warmth of the cup and how comforting it feels against your hands. Slowly with intention, take your first sip and let it sit in your mouth for a moment. Notice the flavor and the warmth. As you swallow your tea, feel it take the journey into your body.
As you're sipping on your tea, notice where your body is positioned and all the places it touches the ground or chair. How fast or slow are you wanting to drink your tea? Are you wanting to escape the meditation or are you content? What could cause these feelings? As your tea meditation ends, be thankful that you decided to show up mindfully today with intention. If this was your first time and you felt negative or busy thoughts enter your mind, don’t worry. Like anything, meditation takes practice.
Tea meditation has many benefits that we will get into soon, but when you opt for a mushroom-based tea you’ll do your body and your mind a huge favor. Check out this article to learn the mental health benefits of lion’s mane mushrooms. Alternatively, check out this blog article to find out the relaxing benefits of reishi mushrooms. Whichever tea variety you choose, rest assured that you’re amping up the benefits of your tea meditation practice.
Let’s talk about the effects that tea mediation will have on your body, mind, and soul. According to Mimsie Ladner of Gachi Tea, here are the benefits that practicing tea mediation can bolster all aspects of life:
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