There are blog posts already covering the numerous health properties of matcha but to enhance your experience and absorb the full benefits, drinking your tea mindfully is the way to go.
Studies over the last 20 years have shown that mindful eating can assist to reduce overeating and binge eating, lose weight and reduce body mass index (BMI), cope with eating conditions such as anorexia and bulimia, reduce anxiety about food and body image and improve the symptoms of Type 2 diabetes.
It follows that we should be drinking mindfully, too.
Here’s a step-by-step guide to getting the most out of your matcha…
1) THE ART OF PREPARATION
Preparing your tea is a small ceremony in itself. By using the right utensils like a bamboo scoop and bamboo whisk (available here), you’ll be able to get the most out of matcha experience. Additionally, if you are gently observing the physical sensations as you scoop, whisk and sip it can have a meditative effect too. Drinking from a beautiful Japanese ceramic bowl will further add to the authenticity of the experience.
2) TAKE SOME TIME OUT
In our modern society, we are always rushing around with appointments to get to and clogging our brains with never-ending ‘to do’ lists. We find it difficult to be present in the moment either worrying or being preoccupied about the past or future. After preparing your matcha, take a conscious decision to savour it. Give yourself time to take a break from the hustle and bustle of your life. Rather than guzzling your tea down, take slow sips and pause in-between to enjoy the taste.
3) FIND A PEACEFUL PLACE
To fully relax and unwind, find a secluded place or somewhere that fills you with joy. On a nice day, try and find somewhere outdoors. The garden is the perfect place to be. Admire the flowers, listen to the birds chirp and enjoy the warm rays of sunshine while you sip your tea to heighten all your physical senses.
4) LISTEN AND OBSERVE
Once you have found a comfortable place to settle down and are enjoying your matcha brew, try to observe your emotional and physical states of being. If you are feeling stressed, take deep breaths between sips. Taking the time to listen to your body may allow you to identify areas of concern that might have otherwise gone unnoticed.