When you take your attention into the present moment, a certain alertness arises. You become more conscious of what’s around you, but also, strangely, a sense of presence that is both within and without.
The above photograph reminded me of Thich Nhat Hanh’s tea meditation. The message is – live in the present. When you are drinking your tea, put everything else out of your head –enjoy your tea! Attention to simple normal everyday tasks lies at the heart of mindfulness practice. This meditation is fun to try and a very easy way incorparate mindfulness into your life.
- Make a cup of tea.
- Find a quiet place to sit.
- When you pick up your tea, breathe in, in order to bring your mind’s attention to your body and become completely, fully present in the moment.
- Drink your tea.
- Feel the warmth of the tea on your lips, and going down your throat.
- Be aware of how it tastes.
- Feel the pleasure it gives you as you drink.
- If distracting thoughts enter your mind, let them float by and gently bring your focus back on the pleasure of drinking your tea.
- Be aware of not rushing to finish your tea.
- Stay present as you drink what is left of it.
This meditation is great when you want a bit of peace and quiet and a nice cup of tea. It’s also great for switching off and relaxing after a bout of physical or mental activity: a busy day at work, that project you were working on night and day, a big clean out in your apartment or house. The Tea Meditation grounds you: bringing you back to yourself in the present moment. You might even say “Aaaah!”
For those people who don’t drink tea – substitute your favourite beverage
and enjoy the moment.
Happy Tea Time