More people are turning to mindfulness for its associated mental and physical health benefits. Yet, mindfulness can be a difficult and frustrating practice in the beginning due to the mind's natural inclination to wander. Luckily tea meditation - with its ancient roots in Zen Buddhism and Daoism - is an easy path to mindfulness for beginners, as it focuses the mind on the character of a tea - the appearance of the dry leaves and wet leaves, and the transitioning aromas, flavours and textures. When a good quality tea inundates all the senses, it holds one's attention for longer. On top of this, the caffeine and L-theanine combination in tea makes your brain alert and relaxed at the same time - a perfect state to be in for meditation.
Mayday Teas has created a unique tea meditation program, inspired by Canberra meditation expert Sajhu-Paul, creator of the Waking Up meditation app, Sam Harris, and tea meditation expert, Suzette Hammond.
The sessions will be hosted each Saturday morning on Instagram by Mayday Teas' Founder, Jaq James, starting from January 2021. To actively take part in a session, make sure you download and print out our tea meditation booklet.
We also will run a book discussion at the end of the last tea meditation session each month on topics relating to improving the mind and our relationships with others. Our book for January 2021 is The Four Agreements.