A great morning ritual can help reduce stress and start your day off with a greater clarity of mind. A morning tea ritual, in particular, can be a beautiful and nourishing practice that reminds us to live in the present moment.
Tea Rituals and Slow Living
People have been drinking tea for thousands of years for its health benefits. Studies have shown that a wide variety of teas are associated with the prevention of chronic diseases like cancer and cardiovascular diseases and general health promotion. However, it is important to remember that not only do the chemicals within tea help support physical health, but the process of brewing tea contributes to mental wellness.
Preparing tea is the perfect embodiment of slow living. You choose your favorite cup. It takes time for the water to boil. You slowly pour the water and watch the tea leaves open up. Finally you let the tea steep to your desired taste before you pour yourself a cup. When every moment of this ritual is experienced with mindfulness and awareness, it reminds us to live in the present moment. Beginning each morning with this slow practice sets your day up with greater clarity and the intention of savoring life.
Sharing Tea With Others
Preparing tea is not only about being fully present in the moment, but also sharing the moments with an open heart. When you offer to make a cup of tea for someone, you are taking the time to do so with the same care and consideration as if it was your own.
Drinking tea can also fill you with nostalgia, conjuring up memories of long conversations over a shared pot of tea and being completely present for each other.
Opening Up Your Senses
The ordinary practice of drinking tea can stimulate your senses in a positive way.
Holding something warm has a comforting affect, but it can also affect your emotions. Studies have shown that holding a warm cup of tea or coffee can invoke a “warmer” personality - one that is more generous and caring.
Depending on the variety, the powerful aroma of tea can have uplifting or calming qualities, improve your mood or reduce your stress. The look and color of tea, especially as it steeps, is a visual meditation on its own. You can watch as the tea molecules start to dissolve and gradually spread in the hot water, turning the water into its beautiful tea color.
Lastly, sipping the tea is a practice of slow living in itself. Savor the warm taste, the strong and subtle flavors, and how this very moment lent itself to thousands of years of tea growing and morning rituals such as this.
Blue Matcha Latte Recipe (with Andrea of @ispillice)
To inspire your morning tea ritual, Brewista teamed up with Andrea of @ispillice to share her Blue Matcha Latte recipe, using her Brewista Artisan Electric Gooseneck Kettle. As you try this recipe, notice the aroma of the tea and admire the look and color of the beverage throughout the process.
"Butterfly pea and matcha go surprisingly well together - the earthiness of both complement each other and it's such a refreshing drink."
- 1 tbsp butterfly pea tea
- 1/2 cup hot water
- 1/2 tbsp sugar
- 1/2 cup of milk
- 1/2 tsp ceremonial matcha
- 1/4 cup cold water
- 1 cup of ice