What better way to start the day than with a clear head. After a good nights sleep, a morning prayer and a hearty breakfast, clarity of thought may be the most essential thing one needs to make it through the daily grind.
Just what is clear thinking? There's a world of difference between just looking and truly seeing, between hearing and listening, between making do and making sense.
When your head is clear, it means youre alert and ready. Youre observant and keen. Youre calm but compassionate. And when you are all of the above, you just cant help but make the right choices and the right decisions that lead to the right kind of life.
But before all that, a primary choice must be made. And that choice may just as well be the first drink you take in the morning.
Yes, its in the tea.
The first thing about taking tea is that its mood enhancer. Its a feel-good drink. Its a form of aromatherapy that begins with a swirl of heavenly scents up your nostrils, a swish of tasty liquid around your tongue and leaves a warm feeling in your belly.
While you savor these sensory experiences, the tea in your body releases a mixture of compounds that stimulates your brain, nourishes your cells, aids your digestion and calms your nerves&all at once.
Gradually, as your tea habit develops, you feel better, look better and even see the world better. Youve imbibed the optimism and even temper that feeds positive thinking. As we all know, looking at the bright side is not only the better perspective&its the only perspective!
Tea is basically a leaf thing. It comes from plants. It is nurtured by the sun and rain. It is a direct gift from nature.
Now that the state of our environment is in a precarious balance, who doesnt love anything natural? To prefer the artificial, the processed and the phony over the real deal is not only in bad taste. Its insensitive.
The T in tea
Not a lot of people know about it yet, but tea has a little secret. Its called Theanine. Only tea plants have it, and thats why its the drink of choice by many cultures over the centuries.
Theanine is almost like a magical ingredient that does two things at once: it makes you alert, yet it relaxes you. It helps you live in the moment, in the here and now. Forget the past, let go of the future. When youre in the present, everything takes care of itself.
Theanine is about balance. That wonderful combination of alertness and relaxation is the balance all enlightened human beings strive for. Its equilibrium. Its equanimity. Its peace of mind.
Tea is yours for the taking. Its everywhere, around you, all over you and inside you&if you could see it clearly.
And to see clearly, all you really need, well, is a cup of tea.