"If you decide to take up a silent [tea] meditation practice, it is perfectly fine to begin with just a few minutes per session. After you’ve become accustomed to your short sitting periods, honestly and gently assess how that amount of time is serving you, and increase your practice time if it feels right to do so." -contemplativemind.org/practices
Here's a 9-Minute Loving Kindness Meditation
One way to pray for yourself or others while sipping your tea is to offer loving kindness. As people come to mind, wish them happiness, and when you think of yourself, offer a wish for your own happiness, too.
And I suggest taking it one step further by allowing a glimpse or image of what that happiness might look like. If you know your best friend is worried about finding a job, wish her happiness and then picture the phone call during which she tells you she got one.
If you are homeschooling your son and he is having trouble with long division, say something like, "may he be happy," "may we both be happy when we homeschool," and then imagine the delight on his face when he gets it and does a problem correctly.
As you pray, have the intention to send healing energy along with it. For whatever is needed in that moment, trusting that healing to find its target and do the healing intended.
What makes this practice hygge is that it can be done with a big cup of your favorite tea in your hand, while you are sitting in your favorite spot, glancing out of the window from time to time to watch the tree branches move with the breeze. The moments of contentment and "all is right with the world" that can come from hygge practices can pave the way for a deeper & more relaxed spiritual experience
Give it a try & let me know how it goes for you.
Hi, I'm Jeanine
Author, tea matchmaker, self care coach and lifestyle blogger. I help women who want more time for tea breaks & self care simplify, and find time for both. More here.