A ritual is a symbolic action charged with deeper meaning than the action itself. Creating a ritual can make even the most ordinary elements of everyday life enjoyable and magical. While enjoying a cup of tea anytime is a great way to practice self-care, the grounding nature of a personal tea ritual leads us into a world of quiet contemplation and communion with the universe. It creates space for you to reach new level of intention, intuition, reflection and mindfulness.
Choose a time of day that will allow you to best connect with yourself and be fully present in the moment. A tea ritual in the morning to start the day with intention, in the afternoon to promote productivity and give you renewed energy for the rest of the day, or in the evening to wind down and take stock of the day.
Begin your tea ritual by setting an intention. Acknowledge the ritual as a grounding exercise to encourage you to slow down and engage your senses. The experience of being human is an embodied one. We experience the world through our senses. The Tea Ritual draws our attention to these sensual pleasures. Observe the boiling water and the rising steam. Witness the water, changing colour. Enjoy the release of the aroma. Notice the warmth of the cup in your hands. Feel the warmth in your throat. Revel in the taste. Our days are increasingly devoid of the sensual - a tea ritual acts as a grounding exercise to engage our other senses. Firmly rooting us within our bodies and in the here and now.
Tea ware & Tea
The multiple steps in preparing good quality tea from loose leaves lend themselves to a better tea ritual. The objects we interact should be the most satisfying to use. Use tea ware that spark joy. This can be a combination of family heirlooms, antique store treasures or newly purchased tea ware. The daily ritual will make them meaningful to you.
For thousands of years, people have benefited from healing qualities of tea to treat illness in the body, mind and spirit.
- High in antioxidants
- Improves focus and energy
- Help manage conditions such as high cholesterol and high blood pressure.
- It may help with heart health and the risk of stroke.
- It may help promote healthy bacteria in the gut.
- It may lower blood sugar levels and help with conditions such as diabetes and kidney disease.
- It may boost your mood and help to manage conditions like depression.
The Ritual of tea draws our attention to the sensual pleasures within the more mundane experiences of our daily lives, firmly rooting us into the experience of the present moment.