The steps to follow outline a simple 10 minute tea meditation which when practiced at the beginning of your day, can help cultivate a deep sense of gratitude and reverence for life.
Warm your water
Fill your kettle with fresh water and warm it to the desired temperature. If you don't have a temperature control on your kettle you can bring your water to boiling, then pour it into a secondary vessel to cool for a minute.
Warm your vessels
When your water is hot, first fill your teapot and teacup to allow the vessels to warm. Standing or sitting tall, inhale slowly to the count of five, exhale slowly to the count of five. Repeat 4 times then empty the water from your vessels.
Prepare your tea
Next scoop your tea, making sure not to crush the delicate leaves and place the measured amount inside the warmed teapot. Now pour the water over the leaf slowly and evenly, paying close attention to the temperature and the amount of water you require for your brew. Set a timer to pay close attention to the seconds that pass as your tea steeps then take this waiting time to create a positive intention for your day. Repeat to yourself until the tea reaches the required steep time.
Pour your tea
Pour your tea into the jug or teacup you have warmed, taking care to strain the water until the very last drop falls. Enjoy the rich aroma of the now wet and awakened tea leaf.
Find a nice quiet place to sit, feeling the warmth of the cup in your hand. Give thanks for tea you are about to consume and the time you have allowed yourself to experience this grounding activity.
Enjoy your tea
Drink your tea with mindfulness. Take it slow, only drinking very small sips at a time. Think about the flavour on your palette, the aftertaste, and the feeling in your mouth. Notice the way the tea makes you feel.
Like any meditation practice, distracting thoughts and feelings will arise. Acknowledge them and let them pass as you return to the experience of tea. Fully commit to the act of drinking your tea, whether you're with someone else or alone. Be fully awake for the practice of drinking your tea, understanding that this moment and this tea will never exist again.