Mindfulness meditations have been studied to be extremely effective in pain management and mental health settings. Bringing the focus back to the here and now reduces the anxious chatter so common to our modern lifestyle. While many mindfulness meditations focus on sitting quietly and focusing on the breath, it is also possible to apply mindfulness techniques to focus on your current activity.
Even the simple act of brewing tea allows us the opportunity to quiet our mind.
For instance, the practice of walking meditation consists of slowly placing one foot in front of the other while focusing on the sensation of the present. As you develop the ability to quiet your mind and direct your thoughts to the present, worry about future events will melt away. Other routines in our life can be utilized to focus a mindfulness practice.
Even the simple act of brewing tea allows us the opportunity to quiet our mind. From choosing a favorite blend to boiling the water to savoring the flavor, the sensory stimulation of tea time is an amazing way to incorporate mindfulness. Slowing down and enjoying an afternoon cup gives us a chance to refocus and release worry. For an extra dimension, choose herbal blends that support mental wellness.
Relaxing herbs such as passionflower, lemon balm, and lavender can be added for their nervous system support. Ashwagandha, schisandra, and rhodiola are herbs traditionally used to help the body adapt to stress (though they usually are blended with other herbs to keep their taste from being too overwhelming). Sweeter herbs like rose, stevia, and any of the mints can be added to reduce the need for sugar. Many of these herbs can be found at places such as Mountain Rose Herbals, or you may choose to add another layer of stress relief by growing some of the plants.
Relaxing herbs such as passionflower, lemon balm, and lavender can be added for their nervous system support.
Growing these herbs may take a bit of trial and error, but in the end you will enjoy having something direct from your own garden. I am able to grow lemon balm, holy basil, and spearmint every year and enjoy adding them to teas during my daily meditation time. The connection from contributing to the natural cycles in your local area is enjoyable for many people.
No matter how you choose to approach your tea, try to incorporate a mindfulness tea time three times a week. Take time to smell the brew. Notice the sensations of the herbs: not just the heat of the water but the astringent properties or the earthy tones of the different plants.
In time, you will find a peace that comes from reconnecting with yourself.
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