The Importance of Ritual

Even the most mundane tasks can become a ritual. Whether you’re folding your warm clothes fresh out of the dryer, chopping up some veggies for dinner, or practicing yoga, just about anything can be done with a sense of respectful presence.

 

For me, one of my favorite rituals is brewing loose leaf tea.  I like to steep it in my glass tea pot, so I can appreciate the unique color of the tea I’m drinking that day.  The vessel of choice is a delicate English teacup with dogwood flowers painted onto it that I found at a antique store some years back.

Preparing and taking my tea this way invokes a sense of importance to the whole process and makes the day feel a little more special.  Tea can be taken in solitude or with company; it can center you as well as bring a group together.  It’s no wonder my English kin across the sea have ingrained the tea ritual deep into their culture!  It’s refreshing, yet comforting.

 

I try to partake in the task of tea brewing as often as possible.  There is a noticeable difference in my energy and centerdness on days that I am able to do this.

It creates balance in our hectic lives to find that thing that brings you joy and pulls you into the moment at hand.  It can be as quick as 10 minutes or as long as a few hours, just take the time to fit into a little ritual into your life and you will notice a difference!

 

What are your favorite rituals?  Feel free to share in the comments! I’d love the hear from you!

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3 thoughts on “The Importance of Ritual

  1. Important insight into creating moments of presence. I appreciate the picture/vibe you paint of mindfully preparing and enjoying the tea. I am still working on creating some mindful rituals.

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  2. As well as the calming, meditative aspects of a tea ritual, I think it’s important to remember the practical side, too!

    Ritual implies done often, and practice makes perfect, non? This means you’re also getting the very best out of your tea leaves!

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