Kaila is an incredibly busy mother of four with a booming new pop up business. Between the pressures of serving up an army of customers daily and raising her sons, she can barely spare a breath. Despite the stress, Kaila is brimming with health, energy, and positivity. She has a secret we don't know about. One that takes place in the twenty minutes before the sun comes up. Kaila starts every day out with a frothy mug of matcha green tea, and mindfulness meditation, dedicating a few moments out of every day solely to her own well-being. She is reaping the benefits mentally, physically, and emotionally. As a result, she radiates peace throughout the community in which she and her business are an integral part.
Vipassana, or Insight Meditation, has a 2'500-year-old history with Zen Buddhists and has recently been translated by the west into what we know as Mindfulness Meditation. Vipassana develops our ability to greet each feeling and event in our day with compassion and acceptance, cultivating tranquility in our lives. Throughout the centuries matcha green tea, prepared and consumed with conscious intention by monks and new practitioners alike, is used to ready the body and mind for Mindfulness Meditation. It's key component, L-theanine, producing a heightened state of calm focus.
Like Kaila, you too can incorporate matcha and mindfulness into your morning routine, setting your day up for success. Here are some key components for your own personal ritual:
- A freshly brewed mug of matcha tea. Your own favourite recipe.
- A quiet, distraction free setting with comfortable seating, free from electronics such as mobiles and computers. Perhaps light a delicately scented candle to enhance meditation?
- At least 10 minutes of time that you can concentrate on yourself.
That's it! Now, remember to brew your tea during quiet time. Focus your energy on your actions and let all thought slide through your mind like clouds in the sky, not lingering on any of it, but simply observing as they pass by. This is your time. Focus with intention on the whisking of your tea. Observe the aroma. Now have a seat in a distraction free zone or your own personal meditation space. Sip your tea slowly, savoring every nuance of flavor. Spend the next ten to twenty minutes in quiet solitude, observing only your inner feelings and external movements, without emotionally investing in them. When your time is over and you're ready to move on, say a quick word of gratitude for the time you have been given to spend with yourself, and slowly ease into your day.
Go ahead and give it a try for a week! Take a morning ritual on as a personal challenge to better your life. You won't be disappointed.