Typically, we grab coffee while on the go, late for work or for whatever task we are rushing around to get done. We rarely take the time to enjoy it. In my opinion, coffee does not aid in calming self-reflection. Tea, however, is quite different. At the center of tea culture is ritual. If one brews in a yi xing teapot it demands that you stop what you are doing and focus on the process. The water must be boiled, the pot and vessels pre-heated, and each of the several infusions must be attended to carefully. This process coaxes one to relax, be calm and fully engage in the present moment.
|Two leaves and a bud...|
Tea contains an amino acid called L-Theanine. It has the rare ability to cross the blood brain barrier and thus has mild psychoactive properties. Scientific studies indicate that L-Theanine produces a sense of well being, relaxation, and focus. It can also increase the release of dopamine and alpha brain waves, which are associated with the state of being alert but not stressed.
My advice for anyone who is trying to become more health conscious or more mindful is to consider the possibility of tea. In life, there are no quick fixes to achieving peace and health.