Many of us have rituals that we engage in every day – after all, we are creatures of habit. But, there are few as sacred as tea time. It is the point of our day that we pause, even if for only five minutes, to reflect – a small time of meditation if you will. The very process of preparing is a focused act – placing water in the kettle to boil, collecting your favorite cup, selecting the flavor that most suits your desired state of mind, and even deciding what sweetener to use. All these components combine to make this a truly unique and individual time of self-care.
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Making a Divine Connection
For me, the ritual of tea is a time to break away from the hectic hustle and bustle of daily demands. It allows me to slow my pace and savor the moment – taking the time to count my blessings and connect with Spirit. I take advantage of those precious moments to re-center and re-ground, to re-energize in order to proceed through the rest of my day. It is a very spiritual experience for me.
Establishing Your Own Connection
For those new to this practice, there are many wonderful and delicious options out there. Don’t be afraid to experiment (as I did) and find ones that suit both your tastes and your moods. My current favorites are Jasmine and Cranberry with Blood Orange – both of which are caffeine free. There are many teas out there that are loaded with benefits:
- Green Tea – Loaded with antioxidants, it is great for heart health as well as a weight loss aid. This can be obtained in both caffeinated and non- caffeinated blends.
- Skullcap – The active ingredients in skullcap fall into a class of chemicals called flavonoids. It is considered by many people to be helpful in reducing headaches and migraines.
- Chamomile – This herbal tea eases insomnia, boosts your immune system, and calms anxiety.
These are just a few suggestions to get you started. There are hundreds of combinations, fruits, and herbal teas out there, so you are bound to find one that you will love! And whether you sweeten with sugar, honey, or sweetener – milk or no milk – tea time is a wonderful, enriching addition to your daily spiritual walk!