But the tea can't do all the work. You have to make a little effort, too.
To maximize the mellow during your green tea break, Jennifer Sauer—author of The Way to Tea—suggests following these simple steps [excerpted from a recent issue of Better Homes and Gardens]:
- Create an atmosphere of relaxation by arranging fresh cut flowers and playing soothing music.
- Find a quiet comfortable place on the floor or in a chair by a window so you can benefit from the natural light.
- Steep the tea in a small pot to your desired strength. Remember, don't use boiling water on green tea. "You want to extract the nectar contained in the leaf, not cook it" says Pratt.
- While the tea is steeping, notice what's going on around you-the light, the temperature, the weather. Don't think; just observe.
- Before you take your first sip, give thanks for this quiet moment you have created.
- During each subsequent sip give thanks for a different aspect of you life, such as friends, health, children, spouse, job.
- On the last sip of tea, smile softly to yourself and say one last sentiment of gratitude, such as, "I give thanks for the great abundance in my life."
- As you clean the tea ware, contemplate on how the ritual cleansed your mind and body.