Do you know that feeling of tucking into your mother’s signature roast beef? Or a slice of your granny’s famous fruit cake?
Other roasts may be delicious, but not quite the same as the one’s your mamma makes. And you can never find a cake as good as granny’s in the supermarket.
What is the reason for this? Could it be the secret ingredient? The trick with bovril on the potatoes? Or the extra spoonful of zest?
Possibly – but what if the ams changer in the recipe is something that you can’t see. More and more studies are suggesting that the power of our intention can affect our reality more than most people care to believe.
Positive feelings of love and good intention while preparing food can have an enormous impact on the way we feel when we consume it. A recent study has explored this concept, by investigating the lasting impact of drinking tea that has been infused with good vibes. This is something that many past geniuses have been telling us for years.
“If you want to know the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration” – Nikola Tesla
[It] explored the possible mood- enhancing effects of intention by exploring the role of belief in modulating this effect. The study was conducted in Taiwan, thus to better conform to Chinese dietary habits, tea instead of chocolate was used as the intentional target.
“Tea is the most consumed beverage in the world after water, and it has been the principal beverage in China for thousands of years. The effects of tea on health have been studied extensively, and beneficial treatments have been claimed for a broad range of illnesses, from diabetes, to cancer and cardiovascular disease. In addition, the moderate amounts of caffeine in tea combined with the amino acid L-theanine helps maintain alertness and focused attention, and similar to chocolate, it acts as a natural mood enhancer.”
The study was conducted under double blind, randomised conditions, with 189 participants. Measurements were taken over the course of a week in order to allow for mood fluctuations in the individuals.
“Each evening, for seven days in a row, volunteers recorded their mood using the Profile of Mood States (POMS) questionnaire. On day three, four, and five of the test, each participant drank 600 mL of oolong tea in the morning and again in the afternoon. One randomly assigned group blindly received tea that had been intentionally treated by three Buddhist monks; the other group blindly received untreated tea from the same source. On the last day of the test, each person indicated what type of tea he/she believed they had been drinking.”
The results found that the participants who drank tea that was “treated” showed a greater increase in mood than those who drank untreated tea. Interestingly, the change in mood in those who believed that they were drinking treated tea was much better than those who did not – regardless of whether the tea was treated or not.
“Tea treated with good intentions improved mood more than ordinary tea derived from the same source.”
This effect was compounded in those who believed that they were drinking tea when they were in fact drinking tea which was treated. This indicated that belief and intentional enhancement interact to create an even bigger effect.
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