How we wake up in the morning can have a real impact on how our day turns out. Our mood can quickly turn from good to bad if something goes wrong in the critical time between waking and leaving the house. All too often our morning routine is filled with a long list of jobs that need doing. Getting ourselves and maybe even children ready to leave on time can be stressful to say the least.
What if our morning could be calmer and more intentional? Maybe we could start the day with something that makes us smile? Set our mind in a positive state to start the day on the right foot.
What is a morning ritual?
A morning ritual is a great thing to try and should be quite different from a morning routine. Routine usually consists of a to-do list to work through and more often than not our subconscious takes over and we find ourselves just going through the motions without really being present.
A ritual, however, is to be enjoyed. This may involve the same or similar tasks as our morning routine but it is done with intention and meaning.
A ritual is the perfect opportunity to incorporate mindful moments into the day. A way to help focus and calm the mind. Drinking a cup of tea is often rushed just to quench the thirst or to get that caffeine fix. Drinking tea with intention can open the door to a calming and relaxing morning ritual. Granting yourself permission to sit and enjoy that brew can often be the hardest obstacle. Allowing yourself the time can have a positive impact on your health and wellbeing.
~ Boil the kettle and listen as the water heats up and builds to a crescendo.
~ Pour the water into the pot or infuser. Watch how the leaves ‘dance’ as they are fully immersed in the liquid.
~ Watch the tea as it steeps, changes colour and the leaves unfurl. After 3 minutes, remove the leaves from the cup or pour your tea from the pot. Observe the colour and aroma.
~ Now lift your cup and really breathe in the perfume. Allow yourself to smell the tea as you try to identify the different aromas. Tea similar to wine, can pick up flavours and scents from the plants they are growing near.
~ As you take your first sip, be grateful to all those involved. The growers who planted, nurtured and picked the leaves have allowed you to enjoy this moment.
~ Taste all the different flavours of the tea and notice the texture it leaves on the tongue.
~ After your first sip, allow yourself a few moments to let the flavours linger. You may notice and enjoy additional flavours coming through.
~ Continue to sip your tea, taking your time over each mouthful. Experience the tea with all your senses, truly connecting with the cup.
~ When you have finished your tea, carry on with your day, having enjoyed a calming and connecting experience.