Try this tea meditation offered by Thich Nhat Hanh…
So when you pick up your tea, you might want to breathe in, in order to bring
your mind back to your body and become completely, fully present in the
here and the now.
"I don’t think of the past anymore. I don’t think of the future anymore. I’m free from the past, from the future, and there is a real encounter between me and the tea. And peace, happiness and joy
is possible during the time I drink my tea.”
You might want to use these following teas to drink during tea meditation as they can help to calm and focus your mind..
Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis)
The herbalist’s go-to herb for combining qualities that encourage focus and concentration yet promote calmness and wellbeing.
These virtues mean it is excellent for studying, but also for those who would like to be more present in the here and now. 17th Century Herbalist Nicholas Culpeper says it can be used to ‘drive away the melancholic humour’.
The tea is best fresh (or at least very freshly dried – the aromatic oils evaporate after a few weeks), pot plants can be bought from many florists. Keep on your windowsill and snip a few fresh leaves into each cup of infusion for a soothing and delicate inhalation of lemons.
Tulsi (Holy basil) (Ocimum tenuiflorum)
This herb was described as an ‘elixir of life’ in the ancient traditions of Indian Ayurvedic herbal medicine. It was considered an earthly incarnation of the goddess Tulsi because of its many powerful uses, particularly as an antibacterial.
Tulsi is still in popular use today for stomach upsets, colds, skin and mouth infections, and concentration! Tulsi tastes soothing and calming and can be bought in many good quality health food shops.
To learn more about the practice of mindfulness and how to integrate the practice into daily life, follow our upcoming blogs, and join us this Wednesday for a Mindful Meditation workshop with Liz Oldham.