If you are wondering where to start your mindfulness practice, Starting with your morning cup of coffee or tea is a great choice. You can use this simple technique at work or at home. The tea ceremony is an ancient ritual the dates back hundreds of years and it is a great way to practice mindfulness.
In Zen monasteries, The tearoom is a very sacred space. The tea room is used for silent contemplation and meditation and it works by helping one focus their awareness on the sounds, tastes And experiences of the ritual.
Preparing the coffee or tea is all part of the mindfulness process – Including the preparation, Aroma and the simple act of drinking and tasting.
This kind of ceremony teachers one how to experience and mindful state through and every day act. When is done properly, The tea ceremony enhances and awakens your awareness of the present moment, Helping build listening skills And helping to create a sense of stillness in the mind and body.
Coffee or Tea Ceremony Mindfulness Exercise.
Start the practice by taking a deep breath in through your nose and out through your mouth. Express and gratitude for this moment of blessing those things and people you have in your life.
You can even practice mindfulness for preparing the coffee or tea, I pay attention to everything in your awareness. Noticed the aroma of the tea leaves or the scent of the coffee, Pay attention to how the water sounds as it is poured and become mindful even will stir in the cup and put in a milk, honey or cream.
Now simply sit with your coffee or tea and close your eyes. As you said the drink noticed the sensation of the liquid on your tongue and pay attention to how you feel as you drink it. You can also keep your eyes open and stare into the liquid and see where your mind takes you.
Strive to enjoy every part of the process from the preparation of a coffee or tea to that last sip. There is nothing more relaxing than taking five minutes to enjoy a beautiful cup of coffee or tea and it’s a great way to start the day. You can do this any time you have a drink and you just might find it the most relaxing part of your day.
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