I used to only drink ice-cold water. That was until I met a 62-year-old Malaysian woman who introduced me to various types of tea. She gave me a few tea bags local to Malaysia and the flavours were incredible. This started a tea craze and now every morning, I find myself brewing a fresh pot of herbal tea. There’s something to be said for starting the day off with a hot beverage – especially on cold and rainy days.
Drinking tea, before I start my workday, has become a sort of morning ritual for me. It’s the only time in the day where I get to sit in peace and reflect on my thoughts without the hustle and bustle of my co-workers who usually don’t arrive for another half hour. There’s this sense of calm that passes over me and I really do feel that it soothes the nerves. I think, more so than the drink itself, it’s the act of being present while drinking the tea that helps calm the mind.
We get so caught up in the busyness of our work and our lives, that many of us don’t take the time to really be present in any single activity. We are constantly trying to multi-task with the hopes of making more time for the never-ending to-do lists we’ve created for ourselves. It gets pretty overwhelming and this is why, I’m really starting to appreciate my morning ritual.
In the past month, I’ve realized that tea drinking has become my meditation. It’s five to ten minutes every morning where my mind is focused on the present and all thoughts of the past or future are temporarily erased from existence. I’ve noticed that as I become more in tune with my thoughts and as I embrace both the positive and negative aspects of myself, I’m better able to handle whatever life throws at me. We all have different ways of coping with the difficulties in our lives and I think I’ve found mine.