Tea & Discipline
2020 has been a year like none other. Our normal lives and routines have been thrown off track for quite some time now. We've each had to carve out new ways of being in this surreal world where we find (or have lost) ourselves. It's easy to lose our sense of time. I often catch myself asking my husband which day it is! We can lose traction on goals & projects when so much is "up in the air" and unknown.
Looking at the glass half full, we've been given lots of opportunity to strengthen traits within ourselves like flexibility, creativity, resiliency, and patience. Perhaps the most foundational trait for me to strengthen in all of this, has been discipline. And tea has played a major part. Tea & Discipline? That sounds like an odd pairing, I know. Allow me to pour you a cuppa & explain...
When I wake each morning, I start the day with a tall glass of water. This hydrates me after a night's sleep where my body was busy detoxifying. Then I am ready for my morning tea meditation. The house is quiet & peaceful. It is the perfect time to mindfully prepare & sit with my tea, giving my full attention to my breath & the tea in front of me. From the moment I fill my electric water kettle, I focus only on what is right in front of me and nothing else. If a thought intrudes about my day ahead or the day before, I simply acknowledge it and refocus on my tea making. And so it goes, until I sit upon the sturdy wooden bench at our dining room table with my cup of tea in front of me.
I start each & every day with a mindful morning tea practice using my five senses. I sip my tea & pay attention to what I see, hear, smell, feel, and taste. Partaking in my tea this way allows me to be fully present with it. This is why I call it a meditation. If you have ever thought that you cannot meditate, that you would sooner crawl out of your own skin, try simply sitting with a cup of tea and paying full attention to it with your five senses.
Carve out time each morning for tea. Then as you sip your tea, allow yourself to simply be where you already are. It's not a matter of can or can't, it's truly a matter of discipline. And I don't use the word discipline in a harsh manner, but in a loving and loyal-to-self way. Discipline toward your own self care & well being is a beautiful thing and you are 100% worth it! Make time for yourself. Make yourself tea. Let go of any expectations and hopes. Simply be with your tea. No judgement. It might feel like you are doing nothing, but you are not. You are being. And in our world of "do, do, do", simply being requires great discipline.
Commit to morning mindful tea daily for a week, then another. Make it as necessary as brushing your teeth. After you commit to 30 days in a row, it will feel effortless. If you miss a morning, no worries, you can also have afternoon mindful tea or evening mindful tea. If the entire day escaped you, allow no criticism toward yourself. Simply begin again the next day, renewed in your commitment to this mindful tea practice. As you enjoy your tea each day you will not only strengthen the trait of discipline within you but also reinforce your commitment to a life of greater awareness and insight. That's something we can all use in these unchartered & challenging times!