This is a quick and easy exercise you can remember when you might need 5 minutes time out or are feeling overwhelmed. It doesn’t have to be tea but it’s great for sensory modulation because of the combination of temperature, flavours, smells and texture.
☕ Brew some tea!
☕ Find a place to be comfortable and take in a deep breath or two.
☕ Mentally prepare yourself to be mindful for what you are about to drink.
☕ Deliberately reach out your hand to pick up the cup.
☕ Before taking a sip, look at the tea and take in the aromas.
☕ When you take a sip, take your time to notice the layers of flavour on your palate.
☕ Swallow when you are ready, notice the feeling of the tea moving down through your body.
☕ Slowly and deliberately place the tea cup back on the saucer.
☕ Notice the moment the tasting has ended and how still your mind is.
☕ Allow your mind to recognize other thoughts returning.
☕ Release those thoughts to bring your focus back to the tea drinking.
☕ Repeat ritual until you have finished your tea.