We can see some of you are familiar with meditation, you’re in luck then, because matcha has just the exact same benefits. You can start directly with our how-to step guide on a meditation tea ceremony. But if you are not THAT into meditation, welcome to the basics 👀
Matcha meditiation is becoming very popular, but it is actually nothing new. Its actual origins come from devout Buddhist monks centuries ago. However, this recent trend of what we refer to as mindfulness meditation works from the same principles.
Matcha meditation 101
The main purpose of meditation is to train our minds, so there’s not only one way of doing it. Before diving into Maratcha’s style, there is some stuff we should be aware of.
- Prepare your surroundings. Find a place that brings you peace, where you won’t be bothered by noises or any interruptions.
- Don’t run away from your brain. Acknowledge your thought flow and don’t pressure yourself to stop it. You should simply just void messing with it.
- Don’t fear the monkey mind. That’s what we call (cool right?) internal distractions in our mind, that come to the surface while meditating. There are different types: racing thoughts, scattered emotions, or a general unfocused brain.
- Be patient. A 5-minute session won’t make miracles, you should make it a habit in order to start seeing some results. Maratcha tip: for those who forget to order each time, we have a subscription For Regulars™.
- Spice up your routine. Meditation doesn’t need to be boring. Try out different exercises each day to see which one works best for you.
- Level up your meditation with matcha. One of the most difficult tasks that we need to focus on while meditating is not falling asleep. You may relax too much. Sipping some matcha will keep your mind present but relaxed.
If we manage to follow this simple advice, meditation will lower your anxiety and stress levels, improve self-awareness and self-esteem and promote better sleep. The best part is that it not only helps your mental health but also your physical as it increases your tolerance for pain and reduces muscle tenseness.
One sacred way of meditation is Sado, which means the way of tea, and it’s one of the traditional Japanese meditation rituals. This one, in particular, is a type of moving meditation that reproduces the tea ceremony.
Tea ceremonies have been practised for more than 800 years, as monks spent several hours meditating. The inner peace they experienced could make them sleepy and lose track of their purpose. That’s the reason why before the session started they would snick out for some coffee, and later on they introduced matcha as part of their routine.
Green tea, and matcha, in particular, simulates the effects of meditation by boosting your brain and alleviating some symptoms of depression and anxiety. At some point, the preparation of the tea became as important as consuming it, as they believed it achieved a certain catharsis. That may happen as they trained their body to relate matcha preparation and meditation together, which brought their bodies into a calm state as they started the process. That’s one of the best outcomes of building a habit, your body just assumes good stuff by just starting with them.
Come up with your own matcha tea ceremony
We want to help you build your matcha meditation habit, that’s why we put together some steps to fully enjoy your cup of matcha while meditating.
- Grab your matcha kit.
- Start with some breathing. Become aware of your body as you inhale and briefly exhale.
- Slowly open your eyes.
- Matcha preparation. Scoop the desired amount of matcha into your bowl (Maratcha’s bowl will provide extra aesthetic). Think about the colors and taste you expect. Add water and use our whisk to mix it following the rhythm of your breath. You may be distracted by the foam, but focus on understanding the texture instead. Lastly, add water or oat milk to taste, but don’t add any sweeteners.
- Sip it. It’s time to pick up your cup and taste the matcha. Make sure you focus on the sensations.
- Connect back with your body. Close your eyes again, and try to be aware of your breathing and your position. Feel how heavy your arms, legs and head feel and let it all go.
That’s it. We have learnt about the Maratcha tea ceremony. You can repeat the sipping as much as you want. Don’t let anyone interrupt your ceremony. However, if you want to boost the effects of matcha, you can pursue a longer session until the matcha starts to kick in after 15-30 mins. You can also use these steps for yoga, for which drinking matcha is also very beneficial.