Gone are the days when self-care is just about spending hours in salons, eating out, and doing another fancy tough; now, we are learning that it can be the simplest things we do for ourselves; things that put our mind in ultimate bliss and peace.
That’s the beauty of practicing self-care; there’s no right or wrong way to do it as long as you listen to yourself.
And if you’re anything like me, I like practicing with a cup of tea, especially my ol’ time favorite, Bush T. Other than the health benefits, it also brings a Caribbean vibe in every sip.
Who would have thought that there’s such a thing as tea meditation? For some people, it’s something new but this has been a practice a long time ago, especially in parts of Korea, Japan, and China.
Surprisingly, it’s simple and it brings calm and relaxation almost in an instant. Basically, it’s just about being mindful and creating a space for reflection and intention.
Having tea for self-care won’t require a lot and if you want to start now, here are some helpful tips and advice:
Remember, the purpose of this practice is to become mindful; to be in the moment; to live in it. So before you start the next steps, be sure to clear your mind first.
This means avoiding distractions, such as thoughts about the things you have to do today. Make an effort to dedicate this time to yourself and your tea.
Don’t worry, it doesn’t have to take a lot of time, and how it begins and ends all depends on you.
In Japan, they devote small huts for their tea meditation and the purpose is to use it as a space for pure enjoyment. Of course, on our end, there’s no need to find a hut or a big space to become mindful.
All you need is a space, a special spot that you will use most, if not all the time to enrich the place with the energy of meditation.
It can be a nook in your bedroom or living room or any area of your house. It does help if it’s somewhere quiet so you can prepare yourself easily and leave other thoughts behind.
This is not a necessary step but in case you’re interested, you can find a cup or a tea set that has meaning to you. Along with this, look for tea flavors that you enjoy drinking.
This could help make the experience more pleasant and relaxing but then again, it’s not crucial. The important thing is that you can allow yourself to enjoy the moment.
Normally, when drinking tea, we just sip and go. We fail to really appreciate the warm beverage that we have in our hands.
This time, with self care and tea, let’s put an effort into connecting with it, being grateful for it.
Be mindful in every step — from boiling the water to steeping the leaves up to actually holding the cup.
Appreciate the sound of the water boiling, the smell of leaves, the temperature of the cup as you pour the beverage, and the taste of the herbal tea.
Tomorrow, even if you do the same self care herbal tea routine, it’s not and it will never be the same so appreciate every moment.
Most importantly, acknowledge the hard work you’ve done for yourself. You are where you’re supposed to be now.
You are capable of doing anything.
You are amazing!
I hope this simple self-care and tea routine has helped you today. Thank you for taking the time to read this and don’t forget to share it with your friends.
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