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
The study was conducted to look at the relationship between intention and belief on mood while drinking tea. The hypothesis was that tea infused with good intentions could have a positive impact on the mood more than drinking ordinary tea.
[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.
Another point of interest was that “esthetic and intentional qualities associated with the traditional tea ceremony may have subtle influences that extend beyond the ritual itself.” So the very act of making the tea can impact the mood further.
There have been studies conducted on the impact of good intention on the structure of crystals within water, which have found the same results as this tea research. It was found that our intent and emotions can have a direct impact on the formation of crystals and in turn, on our physical bodies. The implications of these studies are enormous.
The placebo and nocebo effect play a part in this. These terms refer to the phenomenon that positive or negative assumptions about how something will be plays a large part in an individual’s experience of it.
For example, people’s perception of saltiness was reduced when they ate foods labeled as low-sodium. In the same vein increased energy and alertness is reported in people that believe that they have consumed caffeine.
Once again, this demonstrates the power of our thoughts and beliefs on impacting our reality.
The ritual itself added to the good feelings experienced, beyond simply benefitting from believing that the tea had been treated. Staying fully in the moment is something that we can do to improve our everyday lives.
Eckhart Tolle preaches the power of this in his teachings and books, and millions of people are practising his way. According to Tolle, the secret to enjoying life is to be fully present in the ‘now’.
“Time isn’t precious at all, because it is an illusion. What you perceive as precious is not time but the one point that is out of time: the Now. That is precious indeed. The more you are focused on time—past and future—the more you miss the Now, the most precious thing there is.” – Eckhart Tolle
Being able to fully enjoy the present moment, without anxiety for the future or depression for the past enables us to live fully. So taking the time to immerse yourself in the ritual of preparing and drinking tea can infuse the act with pleasure.
The results of these studies are exciting, when you consider the implications of improving our health through simply applying these concepts to aspects of our own lives.
While purchasing produce, preparing and cooking it focus on infusing it with good vibes. Before you eat, or drink anything, consciously put love into it, pour good intentions into it, and be thankful.
The power of human intent, prayer, consciousness is stronger than we realise. When we see the world in terms of vibrational energy, we can understand the power of sending out thoughts of love and peace, understanding and non-judgement. We can change and transform our lives, and on a larger scale we can send vibrations into the world which spread widely with a ripple effect.
What are your thoughts? Do you believe in the power of good intentions in improving your mood when you drink your morning brew? We would love to hear from you.
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