In today’s fast-paced world, it’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. We often find ourselves rushing from one task to another, moving through our day on autopilot.
“Do nothing without intention” seemed to become a repeating mantra after Solange’s album, When I Get Home came out in 2016, but it’s a message that has been echoed throughout history by sages, philosophers, and spiritual leaders. And it’s so true; nothing should be done without intention, even sipping your tea 😉
“To do something with intention is to do it with purpose”
Why should you drink your tea with intention?
When we approach our daily activities with intention, we bring a sense of purpose and meaning to our lives. We become more mindful, more present, and more engaged in the world around us. This is especially true when it comes to drinking tea, a practice that has been used for centuries as a way to promote health, relaxation, and spiritual growth.
To drink your tea with intention is to do so with purpose. It means taking a few moments to pause, breathe deeply, and set an intention for your tea-drinking experience. Whether you’re looking to relax, clear your mind, or simply enjoy a delicious cup of tea, choosing your intention before you begin can help you get the most out of your tea-drinking experience.
How to drink your tea with intention
Before you even begin steeping your herbs, take a moment to choose your intention. Whether you make your own tea blend or purchase one, make sure you’re choosing ingredients that are not only helpful to you but have the intentions you want.
Whether you want to relax, clear your lungs of mucus (mullein), or just sip on something aromatic and sweet, there is tea for every intention.
How to pick the right tea for your intention
There are many types of tea, including black, green, white, oolong, and herbal tea, which come in an array of varieties and flavors. Each type of tea and herb has its own unique benefits, so it’s worth exploring the different options to find the ones that work best for you.
QUESTION: What is your favorite tea?
How to properly steep your herbs
Once you’ve chosen your tea or herbs, it’s time to start steeping.
Pour boiling water over the herbs and cover the cup with a saucer or plate to keep in heat and allow the herbs to steep for 3-7 minutes. Strain out the tea into another container and prepare to enjoy a glass of warmth and healing.
Tea As meditation
The art of tea and tea ceremony has a long history and showcases how tea can be a meditative practice.
This experience indulges the senses: touch, as you feel the warmth of the cup and the tea when you take a sip; taste, as the tea enters your mouth and glides over your taste buds; and smell, as you take a moment to take in a deep breath to appreciate the herbs, aromas, or feelings that slowly emerge as you enjoy the tea sip by sip.
Through this tea meditation, the practice of being present can be cultivated, and you can remain focused and fully present in the experience of drinking tea. Before taking that first sip, take a moment to set your intention. Take three deep breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth to lower your heart rate and ease your body and mind into a relaxed state. Then, sip your tea and enjoy it slowly with the intention of restoring balance to your body.
If your wondering when to start getting into tea
Don’t wait to start your intentional tea-drinking journey.
Try incorporating some of these tips and practices into your daily routine and see the positive impact it can have on your mind, body, and soul.
Start with setting an intention, choosing the right tea for your needs, and taking the time to steep your herbs mindfully, and drink with purpose – you may find that your tea-drinking experience becomes more meaningful, more enjoyable, and more beneficial to your overall health and well-being.
Remember, the journey of holistic healing starts within, and it can be as simple as sipping a cup of tea with intention. Try our in house herbal tea blend curated with the intention to soothe restlessness and anxiety, No More AnxieTea.