Recently I was zooming from one thing to another, barely able to catch my breath before I had to move on to the next project or location. What did I want to do? Grab a cup of tea for the road. It hit me as I was sipping my hot tea on my way into work that tea is not best enjoyed as a quick to-go commodity. In today’s society, many of us like “on-the-go” products. But as a nutrition enthusiast, I feel this is one of our downfalls. Food is supposed to be enjoyed slowly so that our minds can fully connect with its benefits and realize satiety. Same goes for tea.
Our body is designed to use our senses to warn us if something is harmful, which alerts the brain and triggers a reaction. The same thing goes for something that is calming. The smell, the taste, and the sight of tea triggers our body to relax, which has numerous positive effects on our body as a whole. Unfortunately, we miss most of these effects when we do not take the time to let our mouth savor the taste of the tea, our eyes absorb the marvelous color of the tea, and our noses enjoy the hot steam and aroma of the tea. The connection between relaxation and tea is highly dependent upon how you embrace your tea time. It only takes a few minutes to simply sit at your desk or in a comfy chair with your favorite tea to appreciate tea’s benefits to overcome our senses and soothe the body.
Since my revelation, I have vowed not to take advantage of my tea and all that it offers. I have since taken the time to sit and enjoy at least half of my tea in a seated position and let the tea overcome my senses. By doing this, I have become a more relaxed student, employee, and friend. In the words of my favorite author, C.S. Lewis, “Tea should be taken in solitude.” In solitude – away from society and distractions, for a time involving only you and your thoughts. What can you make of your tea time?