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The power of being mindful can boost your mental well-being. The practice of directing your attention and focus to the present moment is the key to consciousness. In fact, meditation isn’t the only way you can practice being mindful—consciousness can be found in performing any simple activity, such as taking a walk, doing yoga, or brewing a cup of tea. Drinking tea can certainly become your moment to practice mindfulness. These activities help you slow down and lets you become fully aware of the process and act of what is happening right now.
Mindfulness means being focused with all five senses of your body—taste, sight, touch, smell, and sound. Notably, tuning in to the present moment allows you to focus on the now, which creates a space in your mind to fully experience what is currently happening, rather than the thoughts in your mind of the past and future. In this moment of mindfulness, your thoughts cease to ponder about what has already happened and what should happen. As such, the present moment allows your active mind to practice rest, giving you the chance to stop worry and anxiety, relax, and feel your body and emotions at the present time.
Consciousness and mindfulness can be practiced in the simple experience of tea drinking. From brewing to drinking and enjoying the tea, we can be intentional and focused on each stage rather than perform the ritual out of unconscious habit. In other words, the key is to let go of your thoughts, tune in to the senses of your body, and gently return to it every time you notice your mind begin to wander. Below are suggestions for how you can immerse yourself in the mindful experience of drinking a cup of tea.
There is no right or wrong way to practice mindfulness or drink tea. The act of mindfulness is to open your mind and your spirit to the present, sensing what is happening at the moment and noticing the thoughts in your mind. This trains your mind to give itself space to find peace from worries and stress that come from critical and analytical thoughts.
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