Mindfulness, Matcha and Meditation
Why matcha and meditation are the perfect duo
Legend has it that tea first came about thousands of years ago in China. A king was boiling water when the wind blew some leaves from a nearby tea plant into the water. Delighted by the taste, the popularity of tea only grew and brought with it endless varieties.
Black tea contains a high amount of caffeine and is usually drank throughout the day to give an extra boost.
Matcha tea increases cognitive performance and subjective alertness
Matcha contains special amino acids called L-theanine which have been proven to increase cognitive performance and subjective alertness, perfect for practising mindful meditation.
No wonder zen monks have been using it for generations, matcha and meditation really do go hand it hand.
If you’re a newbie to meditation you’ll understand the obstacles that can hinder the quality of meditation you achieve.
Our minds are often overflowing with thoughts and distractions, matcha helps provide a sense of calm and focus to allowing our minds to concentrate.
The Benefits of Meditation
Meditation is a habit that some of the most successful people in the world swear by for their achievements. Some of the benefits of meditation include:
- Reduces stress and promotes calm
- Increases concentration
- Encourages a healthy lifestyle
- Increases self-awareness
- Slows ageing
- Increases happiness
- Benefits the immune system
Top Tips: Meditation For Beginners
Making time for yourself is hard, we all lead busy lives and sometimes it seem impossible to fit in a little ‘me time’ in the day. Are your morning habits holding you back?
Rather than flopping on the sofa at the end of the day or hitting the snooze button for an extra 5 minutes in the morning grab a cup of matcha tea and try meditation, you won’t look back.
Sit in silence for two minutes
It might seem easy but it’s the best way to begin, small steps lead to big gains. Try this for a week and then double your time, before you know it you’ll be meditating for 20 minutes a day, this is where you’ll start to notice the real benefits of meditation.
Don’t be over critical
There’s no right or wrong way to meditate so don’t worry you’re not doing it correctly. It’s important that you’re comfortable because as you increase the time you’ll want a cushion for your tush!
Tune in to your feelings
It’s important to note how you’re feeling during your session. Are you tired, anxious, overthinking? Remember all of these feelings are completely
Count your breaths
Try deep breathing exercises, breathing in deeply filling your lungs, hold for a second and slowly breath out paying attention to the feeling.
Get to know yourself better
Learning how your mind works will prepare you to deal with situations in the best way. What exactly is going on in your mind, how do you deal with difficult information and respond to frustrating situations?
Once you understand more about your mind you’ll start working in harmony with it.
As you learn more about yourself appreciate what you are finding. Show yourself the love and respect you deserve.
There are many guided meditation classes available that can help introduce beginners to meditation techniques.
Do a quick search for ones in your local area, it’s a great way to met other like minded individuals you can learn off.
Remember to smile when you’re finished. Be grateful for the time you’ve had to quieten your mind.
Read these stress reducing tips and welcome a more calmer and enjoyable life today.
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