image of tea being poured in a Japanese tea ceremony

Find a moment for a Tea Ceremony

By: Aileen Baxter

Find a moment in your day and take part in a short mindfulness exercise based on an ancient ritual, the Tea Ceremony. It involves mindfully preparing and enjoying a drink of your choice.

Once you have chosen your drink focus on every aspect of the preparation, the feel in your hand, the aroma, the sound as the drink fills a cup or glass. Be aware of how you are feeling as you are preparing the drink, perhaps the anticipation of the taste or the aroma reminds you of a special occasion. Spend as long as you can preparing the drink and then take your first sip. Simply sit with your drink, close your eyes and notice how the drink tastes, savouring every sip and see what you can notice until you have finished.

Before you go back to your day, spend another moment thinking about the tea ceremony, what you noticed and how you feel. If you can see if you can find time to repeat the ceremony most days.

Photo by 五玄土 ORIENTO on Unsplash

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