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.
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