The Thich Nhat Hanh Guide to Drinking Tea like a Zen Master

Let Buddhist Monk & Peace Activist Thich Nhat Hanh teach you the ways of a Zen Master. All you need to experience inner zen is your trusty tea cup/mug, your all-time favorite tea, and a tea pot.

Just follow these six extremely simple yet effective steps and you’re well on your way to ultimate relaxation:

 1  Select your favorite cup.

 2  Select your favorite tea and boil the kettle.

 3  While the water boils, observe your breath: the inhales and exhales. Breathe evenly and deeply through the nose.

 4  Gently place the tea bag in the cup and slowly pour in the boiled water.

 5  Before drinking your tea, simply continue to observe your breath until the tea cools naturally. (No blowing on it! There is no room for impatience in this exercise.)

 6  Stir your tea slowly and drink it mindfully in a comfortable, distraction-free spot. Feel free to sit in the lotus or half-lotus position.

Lotus Position

Thich says to “[d]rink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves. Slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future. Live the actual moment. Only this moment is life.”

Those are some very wise words and can be used for many other areas of our lives. If you are mentally immersed in the now and not dwelling in the past or the anxiety-inducing future, then your physical well-being tends to follow suit.

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Thich Nhat Hanh

After you do this a few times, you will be a “Certified Zen Master of Tea-Drinking” and will be able to share this soothing art with friends, family, and colleagues alike.

A researcher at University College London by the name of Andrew Steptoe conducted a recent study which suggests that drinking tea (especially black tea) may aid in speeding up the recovery from day-to-day stress.

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More precisely, drinking tea does seem to have a greater effect in bringing stress hormone levels back to levels that are considered normal. This is a huge finding seeing as slow recovery following stress has been linked with a higher coronary heart disease risk and other chronic diseases.[1]

Holding Cup

What’s your favorite tea?

Eva Xanthopoulos

1. “Black Tea Soothes Away Stress.”

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  1. This is so wonderful! I love their approach to the world. Everything is a ritual, everything is deep, peace could be found in anything. A completely different philosophy, they can teach us so much about life. 🙂

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