I was absolutely blown away by this Chinese motto on a gold edged porcelain tea-strainer, my friend bought us in Beijing when he returned from a business trip a few days ago.
There is the message in Mandarin, naturally, but there is also an English translation which I thought was absolutely appropriate for these busy times we are all living in. Here, is the English translation,
“Taking a mindful tea break is a powerful way to stop the racing mind and come to the present moment. Make a tea and as you drink it bring your attention fully to the experience by tuning into your senses.
Feel the warmth of the cup in your hands, taste the tea with each sip, notice the sounds around you. When you feel your mind wandering, let go of thoughts and come back to the sensation of the warmth of the teacup against the skin of your hands.”
Isn’t that a great way to get back to our senses?