Matcha & Meditation
“Perhaps you forgot or didn’t quite grasp that meditation really is the one human activity in which you are not trying to get anywhere else but simply allowing yourself to be where you are as you already are.” - Jon Kabat Zinn
I purchased “Wherever You Go There You Are” by Jon Kabat-Zinn in 2005 and it is a book I turn to time and time again. If you open up my copy you will see my pencil underlinings throughout it and many pages dogeared. Because I need reminders like the quote above.
I’m currently taking a class for my continuing k-8 teaching certificate that covers mindfulness in the classroom and this is our textbook. Even though I have read Jon’s words many times, they are more relevant than ever before. We live in an age of hustling & striving. We wish to achieve, do something extraordinary, be seen, make our mark, and stand out. It’s easy to feel lost in the cacophony of voices. It’s easy to compare and despair. Meditation and mindful living are like a healing balm for all these modern ills.
But what I find so fascinating, is that Jon often quotes Henry David Thoreau in this book. Thoreau, who lived in the 1800s and had no such thing as a smartphone, computer, or the Internet. No such thing as 24-hour news. Yet Thoreau felt the need to go live in the woods & “put his life on the line in order to revel in the wonder and simplicity of present moments.”
So we learn that this need for stillness is not born from our age of smartphones and too much information coming at us all the time. It’s born of the human condition which weaves through all the decades of time. It is very human to be distracted, to overthink, to believe our thoughts. Even while sitting in meditation, our thoughts will come to us. This is perfectly normal & no reason to give up on a meditation practice. If this happens to you, I want you to know that you’re not “doing it wrong”. See, we have to let go of this judgment toward ourselves. Sitting in stillness is the perfect way to practice that. The next time a distracting thought comes to you just notice it, be aware of it, and then return to stillness.
About my matcha latte: I make it using stoneground ceremonial Matcha from Magic Hour Tea . This matcha is the best I've tasted - and I've tried a lot of matchas! It's a beautiful vibrant green, fresh, and has a natural sweetness to it. I have a discount code if you want to try it for yourself: MINDFULTEAQUEEN10.
I blend it with oat milk and monk fruit sweetener in my frothing machine which heats, mixes, and froths all in one. You can also make this latte using a pan on the stovetop and an electric frothing wand or hand whisk. So Yummy! And making your matcha latte at home is more affordable & eco-friendly than buying from a coffee drive-thru!