What is Tea Meditation?
One of the simplest and most ancient ways of drinking tea is bowl tea. In it’s essence it is tea, heat and water.
When you have the fortune of travelling to China, the birth place of tea or visit a Zen Buddhist monastery, you will probably be invited to join a session of drinking bowl tea. Bowl tea is about simplicity and removing all pretence attached to the preparation of tea. Drinking bowl tea can be used as a tool for meditation and a great way to practise mindfulness every day. Mindfulness can be the key to reestablishing balance in your life, mentally and physically. By creating space and time to reflect inward we are able to identify sources from which difficulties and blockages can arise and equip us to respond with greater flexibility and adaptability.
If you would like to try it check out my other post on ‘Getting started with Bowl Tea’ or join one of our ‘Yoga & Bowl Tea’ events in Berlin.
Saturday, 1st January at BECYCLE / Berlin Mitte
Reserve your spot here.
Or here is how you can get started yourself.
Drinking bowl tea is a great way to practise mindfulness every day. Mindfulness can be the key to reestablishing balance in your life, mentally and physically. By creating space and time to reflect inward we are able to identify sources from which difficulties and blockages can arise and equip us to respond with greater flexibility and adaptability.
Here are a few pointers to get started with bowl tea.
How to prepare bowl tea
1. CHOOSE A VESSEL
Anything that holds 50-150ml. Preferably shallow and plain. I like to use a white porcelain bowl.
2. CHOOSE A TEA
Nothing fancy. Just choose a tea you enjoy that has big leaves. I prefer Oolong teas.
3. Find a quiet place in which you can rest for 10-15min and are undisturbed- clear the space from any distractions. I like to sit by the window bit be mindful of any busy of noisy streets.
4. Find a time in the day that is convenient and stick to that time because you are much more likely to condition your mind in that way. I like to do it in the mornings, just after getting up.
3. HOW TO MEDITATE WITH TEA
Allow yourself up to 15 min in the morning. Do this before you check your phone or having a shower or to anything at all. Try not to speak to anyone during this routine.
Fill your kettle with water and wait until it is boiled. Try and focus on the sound of the boiling water. Watch the steam rise. You might get distracted. Try and focus on the part of your face between your eyebrows.
Place some tea leaves into your bowl. Take the kettle and try pouring in a steady stream making sure to not fill the bowl entirely.
Go to your quiet place. Look at the leaves, Look at the surface of the water. Watch the steam rise. Smell the aroma. Take your first sip. Drink quietly trying to keep the focus on the tea. Don’t let your mind wander. If it’s challenging try and look at each leaf individually. Starting from the top and work clockwise. If you lose your focus, start again from he beginning.
Once you finished your first cup give yourself a minute so you don’t rush and break the meditative state. Take two breaths before getting up and refilling your cup. Repeat this routine at leats three times.
Try this experiment for a week. Adjust the amounts of tea and water as desired.
If you would like to try it out, why not join us for our Yoga & Bowl Tea meditation in September?
Mondays 10th , 17th , 24th Sept / 8-9.30pm at BECYCLE / Berlin Mitte