At Senbird, we want to inspire more moments of reflection and gratitude for a healthy and happy lifestyle. Just in time for March Mindfulness month, we are excited to bring you our new wellness-focused podcast series, “Meditate With Tea” to help you experience more mindful moments in every cup.
If you have not done so already, take a listen to episode 1 of our podcast, where our special guest, Arik Zeevy, Koru certified meditation coach, guides us through a meditation using the belly breathing technique.
"...as you experience your first sip of tea, I invite you to take a moment now before continuing to appreciate everything that went into creating this tea in your hands." - Arik Zeevy
In episode 2, we will go through a tea-drinking meditation with Arik Zeevy. Pour yourself some tea and follow along with the Spotify audio and transcription below.
Transcription (Meditate With Tea, Episode 2):
0:00 Welcome to Senbird's Meditation with Tea podcast series, we hope you experience a moment in every cup. In today's episode, I will be introducing drinking meditation.
If you have not yet done so, I invite you to brew a cup of tea, and when you're ready to join us in our guided drinking meditation. Once you have your cup of tea, I invite you to place it gently on a surface near you, where you can easily pick it up during our meditation. And then I ask that you please get in your meditation position now. And gently close your eyes and wait for the sound of the bell to begin.
1:03 Now, gently open your eyes.
And bring your full attention to the cup of tea resting beside you.
1:15 And if you'd like you can now pick up the cup of tea in your hands.
And before we take a drink, just notice the color. Notice if the light shines differently in different places on the cup,
perhaps reflecting off the tea itself.
1:42 Just pretend as though you have just landed on this planet from another galaxy, and you have never seen a cup of tea before.
1:54 And just notice any thoughts you're having as you look at this cup of tea in your hands.
2:01 Are there any sensations in your mouth that may be signaling a wish to take a drink?
2:10 Notice any aromas or any smells that you may not have been aware of before.
2:19 Maybe you're wondering what the point of this exercise is.
2:24 Just notice any thoughts. And gently bring your attention back to the cup of tea resting in your hands.
2:37 And now slowly and mindfully, enjoy your first sip of tea.
2:49 And as you experience your first sip of tea, I invite you to take a moment now before continuing to appreciate everything that went into creating this tea in your hands.
3:05 And if you look deeply into this cup of tea, you may see a cloud and rain,
and the farmers and truck drivers and all the people that conspired to make this cup of tea in your hands possible.
3:27 And just take a moment to appreciate this miracle in your hands.
3:35 And now slowly enjoy a second sip of your tea.
3:44 It can be helpful to take a moment here and express gratitude to yourself for taking the time out of your busy day.
3:56 And to bring your full awareness to the experience of drinking tea.
4:08 And with that energy of gratitude towards yourself, I invite you to take a third sip of your tea.
4:26 And now I invite you to bring this level of awareness and mindfulness to the rest of your tea drinking experience today, as well as the rest of the week.
4:40 And in doing so, we hope that you experience a moment in every cup.
For more about Arik (@lionwolflotus), visit lionwolflotus.com.
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