By GMB Doctor Sandy Krafchik.
Mindfulness is a mental state achieved by focusing your awareness on the present moment, while acknowledging your feelings, thoughts, and sensations objectively. It is often used as a therapeutic technique as it slows things down and immerses you into the present moment, thereby resting the analytical mind. Mindfulness means paying attention to, and experiencing the world directly with, the 5 senses - feeling, touching, seeing, hearing, and tasting. It is a powerful tool to help us understand and deal with our emotions in a calm manner. It helps us to change our usual responses by making us pause and choose how we act.
Incorporating mindfulness into everyday activities such as preparing and drinking a cup of tea is a good way to develop this practise of tuning into your senses. Preparing loose leaf tea involves adding the loose leaves into an infuser in a teapot and adding boiling water. I Am Awesome tea from Teas.com.au is a combination of loose leaf Black Tea (Camellia Sinensis) and Cinnamon (Cinnamomum cassia) and is a great choice. It takes more time and care to prepare loose leaf tea as opposed to using tea bags. By repeatedly redirecting your mind to the various aspects of tea preparation and drinking, you are developing the ability to focus.
Mindfulness meditation has been shown to have numerous health benefits including:
By slowing down and focusing on the various aspects of preparing and enjoying your daily cup of tea you can practise and hone your mindfulness skills and reap the health rewards associated with it.
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