Matcha has saved my mornings. And it can do the same for you.
I believe that nothing is more crucial to everyday happiness than how you start your day. If I can establish a sense of calm in the morning, I can usually be more aware and mindful throughout the day and more fulfilled by my experiences.
On the other hand, if I fall prey to distractions before breakfast, real focus and happiness can often seem just out of reach for the rest of the day.Tell me, do you sleep with your phone at your bedside and grab it first thing in the morning?
I used to do that. It was kind of a ritual for me to check the news, my messages – and of course my work mail to see if I need to hurry into the office. Nothing better than to start the day informed and prepared, right?
In reality, this habit immediately put my mind in overdrive – either wanting to solve things right now and/or craving more stimulation, which is precisely the opposite of a peaceful morning.
So now, I have a new morning ritual. Let me share it with you:
After I wake up, I spend a few moments being grateful for everyday things like this new day, my friends or being healthy (no, really). And then it’s time for my morning tea ceremony.
My Matcha morning ritual
I heat some water to 70° C, carefully spoon a bit of Matcha powder into my cup, and stir it up.
So simple, yet it can do so much for you: When you really put your awareness to it, this is such a grounding ritual that wakes up all your senses. The warm cup in your hands, the leafy smell of the tea in your nose, the water turning into a sea of emerald as the bamboo whisk breaks the silence of the morning. And then, the taste in your mouth as you take the first sip. Enjoy the start of a new day; the world can wait that long.
No wonder tea ceremonies are such a central piece of Japanese culture.
You might be thinking something like: Meh, I don’t even like tea!
Don’t hold yourself back. Give Matcha a try, it might transform your morning .. and make you more aware throughout the day.
I first got into the taste through Matcha latte. It is actually a genuine pleasure, too, if you don’t oversweeten it. I use coconut rice milk for this when I want a second dose of Matcha in the afternoon.
But if you want to drink it pure and simple, Matcha quality really matters – as does dosage.
When I first made Matcha tea, I got some cooking quality stuff because I figured I would not taste the difference anyway.
The labels premium grade and, above that, ceremonial grade are not protected. But more expensive choices are produced from younger, much less bitter tea leaves. Only when I got better quality Matcha powder did I really start to enjoy drinking my tea.
Lacking a bamboo spoon initially, I just used a teaspoon and scooped a random amount of powder in my bowl. Sometimes I got it right, but I also overdosed a couple of times and could feel the Matcha rush to my head.
So even if you are on the fence, I recommend you get an actual Matcha set. The ritual is a huge part of the experience. The spoon and brush help you get the right amount of powder and dissolve it properly. And spotting the cup throughout the day in the kitchen is an anchor of calm and awareness for me.
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Matcha. What a beautiful way to wake up your senses and your awareness – and put yourself in the right mindset to notice other pleasures you might otherwise overlook. So do yourself a favor and give it a try!I am curious: What gets you in the right mood for a mindful day? Let me know in the comments below!