Enhancing the Tea Experience with Mindfulness

by ITMA Certified Tea Master Chas Kroll

prayer-meditationMindfulness is one of the keys to expanding the ability of the mind to pay attention to the thoughts, feelings and sensations experienced in the Now. One way to do this is by being present in the moment while preparing and consuming tea as a meditative practice. Brewing tea Gongfu cha (the formal presentation of tea) slows the experience and allows the mind to be still with the tea.

In the practice of mindfulness, it is important not to judge the experience, but rather observe it without aversion or attachment. Similarly, when drinking tea, it is important not to judge aromas, tastes, or textures, but simply observe them without aversion or attachment.

When your mind wanders, it takes away from your true enjoyment of the tea and out of the present moment. By focusing the mind and body on each sip of tea, subtle nuances will be noticed, appreciated, and enjoyed.

Mindfulness of tea should also pay attention to the way it affects your body. What are the qualities of the cha qi (energy of the tea)? Does it make you jittery? Calm? Anxious? How does it affect your productivity and focus? Noting these things helps you determine if you should consume the tea again.

Even if you aren’t a mindfulness practitioner, drinking tea while being present to the experience in the present moment allows you to notice subtle flavors, aromas, and textures. It can even allow you to notice subtle feelings and emotions created by the tea.

Mindful tea drinking allows for the mind to relax in the present moment. Remember to slow down and enjoy the experience.

It is important not to let the mind wander into judgments about the tea while we are drinking it. Doing so will often result in the mind missing subtleties offered by the tea from one steeping to the next.

To become more acquainted with the concept of aversion and attachment, try this simple mindfulness exercise:

  1. Become centered and grounded in your space.
  1. With your eyes closed, take in a slow, deep “Cleansing Breath” through your nose, tongue to the roof of your mouth, filling your lungs completely. Hold the breath for a few moments and exhale slowly through your mouth (repeat three times).
  1. State your intention (non-verbally) in the moment, that is, “My intention is to:” say to yourself whatever you wish to create right now.
  1. Take in another “Cleansing Breath”, hold it and slowly release it.
  1. Give thanks and acknowledgment to Source for all your Blessings and Gifts.
  1. Take whatever time you may need to contemplate your own healing (replacing unhealthy cell production with only healthy cells; quieting your nerve endings to eliminate discomfort; restoring your energy; or whatever is analogous to your present situation).
  1. When finished, take in another “Cleansing Breath”, hold it and slowly release it.
  1. Open your eyes and become aware of what you created for yourself.

When you begin to acquire the information necessary to embark upon your own program of mindful meditation is immaterial. Just begin. Take the first step and the rest of your journey will take care of itself.

Bringing awareness to aversion and attachment in tea drinking is an easy way to enhance your experience and notice subtle flavors, aromas, and even feelings that the tea induces. Try it out for yourself and see how it affects your senses as you sip your favorite tea!

Taste Extraordinary Tea
with a Certified Tea Master

tea sommelier with tea masterJust imagine…the experience of having a special top quality five-star tea with a Certified Tea Master.  Now, it’s possible, thanks to the International Tea Masters Association and its new Taste Extraordinary Tea with a Certified Tea Master.

Yes, ITMA has developed a service where you can select one or more special high-grade teas, prepare each one to perfection following the direction of your own Certified Tea Master, taste and evaluate it … all while you’re online on Skype … as you learn about its history and mythology, its terroir and organoleptic properties , and best ways to enjoy its umami taste and aroma.  All this comes with the selection of your choice of one or more 24 available teas. It’s just like you’re sitting across a table from one another.

Taste Extraordinary Tea with a Certified Tea Master:  This remarkable opportunity costs only $75 for each of the teas you select, plus the cost of postage ($8.75).  Best of all, you can invite friends and family to join you during the experience.

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Tea from Nepal: Best Kept Secret
In The Tea Industry

Nepal Tea Project

I have recently launched a kickstarter campaign to expand our social initiatives and establish a physical location in the US. In Kickstarter, people can back us and get exclusive rewards in return (12 month tea subscription, a plot of 1000 tea bushes named after you, a journey to Nepal and more), and most importantly help change the lives of farmers and their children in Nepal.

I would appreciate greatly if you could have a look, back our project and personally spread the word with your networks (only if that is possible). Here is the link to my campaign: http://kck.st/2ktCFIR.

Thank you.

Nishchal Banskota
Founder
Nepal Tea LLC

Upcoming Tea Mastery Courses
in February & March

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One Day Tea Extravaganza

Starts February 18, 2017, Mexico CityStadía Suites Santa Fe Hotel.  Admission $199.00

Starts March 18, 2017, Billings, MTThe Northern Hotel.  Admission $199.00

ITMA Certified Tea Sommelier Course™

Starts February 11, 2017, Portland, ORHotel deLuxe.  Tuition $1,475

Starts February 18, 2017, San Francisco, CA, Courtyard Marriott Downtown San Francisco.  Tuition $1,475

Starts February 24, 2017, Madrid, SpainLa Antigua Plantación.  Tuition $975

Inicia 24 de Febrero de 2017, Madrid, EspañaLa Antigua Plantación.  Matrícula $975

Starts March 10, 2017, Chandler, ArizonaHome2 Suites by Hilton Phoenix Chandler.  Tuition $1,475

Starts March 11, 2017, London, EnglandWaldorf Hilton, London.  Tuition $1475

Starts March 11, 2017, Mexico City, MexicoStadía Suites Santa Fe.  Tuition $975

Inicia 11 de Marzo 2017, Ciudad de México, MéxicoStadía Suites Santa Fe.  Matrícula $975

target=”_blank”Starts March 22, 2017, Guwahati, Assam, IndiaFive Star Hotels to reasonably priced Guest Houses.  Tuition $975
Starts By Appointment, ITMA Certified Tea Sommelier Training Via Skype.  Tuition $1,975

ITMA Certified Tea Master Course™ 
Starts March 3, 2017, San Diego, California
Horton Grand Hotel.  Course Trainers: ITMA Certified Grand Tea Master Roy Fong and ITMA Certified Tea Master Chas KrollITMA Executive Director  Tuition $2,975 – Registration Closed.

 

The Corporate Mystic

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The Corporate Mystic

by Gay Hendricks, PhD and Kate Ludeman, PhD

 

Corporate mystics have a strong connection with their intuition and know how to use it where it counts.  They operate from a base of integrity, pursue their vision with both passion and compassion, and evoke the full potential of those with whom they come in contact.  They live life from a spiritual base.  They maintain their spiritual connection with themselves, other people, and the world around them.  They demonstrate a spirituality that lives in deeds, not words.

 

Twelve Characteristics of Corporate Mystics:

 

  1. Absolute Honesty: People cannot relax and produce at their best in an atmosphere of distortion and concealment. Honesty brings out the best in everyone.
  2. Fairness: Keeps the Universe in harmony and balance.
  3. Commitment to Self-Knowledge: The attitude of inquiry, of wonder, is sacred to the mystic.  The more talented you are, the more likely you are to learn and improve.  Mystics acknowledge and appreciate their emotions.  They understand their programming from the past, and are less likely to be blinded by it.  They are open to feedback, even when expressed as criticism.
  4. Focus on Contribution: Deeply concerned with the well being and empowerment of other people.  Contribution is at the forefront of their intentions.
  5. Non-dogmatic spirituality: Mystics live their lives from the universal sources of spirituality that underlie differing beliefs.  To the mystic, spirituality means deeds, not words.  Looking beneath differences to the essential core frees up the mystic to focus on how spirituality expresses itself in action.  Spirituality has to be at one’s core in a way that affects every other part of their life.
  6. More done by doing less: Mystics dwell in the present because it is the only place from which time can be expanded.
  7. Calling for the best in themselves and others: Once fully identified with our essence, we feel at home wherever we are.
  8. Openness to Change: Everything in the Universe is subject to change at just the right time.  Fearing change does not limit their ability to respond.  Mystics have the ability to let go of being right.
  9. Sense of Humor: Mystics can laugh at themselves because they have embodied a basic duality:  the sacredness of life; the absurdity of it all at other times.
  10. Keen distant vision and up-close focus: Mystics have a gift for engaging people in big dreams. They can stand in a future that does not exist and map out the details to get there.  They can see with clarity the possibilities on the horizon.
  11. Unusual Self-Disciple: Motivation comes from a clear sense of purpose based on flexibility and adaptation. They are passionate people.  To play with passion requires discipline.  There is no other way to generate the tireless source of energy passion runs on.
  12. Balance:  Mystics keep a keen eye on balancing their lives  in four main areas:  intimacy, work, spirituality, and community.