A Self Care Christmas Day 6: Tea As Meditation

Find your favourite hot drink and sip it slowly to relax.

Self care for me, as I get older, has become less about looking like a million dollars (the eyebrows, the legs, the right clothes) and more about feeling relaxed, in control, planned.

Christmas time for most people is about as out-of-control as it can get, so anything that lets you grab back a feeling of power and balance must be good. That’s why when I read about Tea Meditation being an easy way to practise mindfulness, I knew it was a good thing to include on my self-care Christmas list. I’m not talking about fantastically complicated tea ceremony with salutations and silence, I’m talking about taking the five minutes it takes to brew and sip a cup of tea as a moment of presence in a world of presents. As Ed Halliwell writes in How to be Mindful With a Cup Of Tea, “It’s a chance to practice resting the analytical mind that habitually searches for solutions, even when none is available.”

The act of mindfully doing anything brings you back to your centre, places you in one moment and helps you to feel more relaxed. The fact you get a cup of tea to sip afterwards is an added bonus!

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I love my flavoured teas, as I’ve said before, and this Christmas I’ve been brewing Gingerbread Chai from Bluebird Tea. I had to let their tea subscription lapse in November, but I’ve put it on my list of presents I’d love, so I might be lucky. Think of me today, as I make my pot and brew it mindfully. Here’s to a more peaceful mind afterwards.

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