Ocha Mindfulness is a special meditation method at tea time that helps purify yourself and grow your inner peace in a busy and stressful life. Ocha Mindfulness enables you to heal yourself by focusing on brewing leaf tea carefully, gently and delicately based on effective meditation techniques. Your mind will be filled with tenderness and gratitude after the 15mins practice.
Our brains are exhausted and we are losing peace and compassion in our hearts by negative effects from technology developments.
Understanding the negative effects and how to cope with them while enjoying its benefits will lead you to deal with your stress and depression. Let's make it a habit!
What will happen if you lose peace and compassion? It will take away tenderness from your mind and from this world as a result as below.
You will suffer from a lack of care for...
This will cause you to ignore your health condition, such as excessive eating and drinking, sleeplessness...etc.
2. other people
This will cause you not to listen to or understanding others, such as controlling others without caring for their feelings...etc.
3. the environment
This will cause you to be irresponsible to nature and public areas, such as trashing on road, leaving water running, and choosing single-use plastic products...etc.
Multi-tasking, which is not an easy job for our brains, has become common at work and at home due to the improvement of work efficiency and the spread of web applications.
Without knowing, you are asking your brain to deal with too many things at the same time. You may think you are having a break or taking a rest when you are playing with your smartphone or the Internet including social media, but your brain is actually WORKING hard.
Not only over-consumption of information horribly affecting our brains today, but also updating and uploading excessive information accelerate the issue. What’s worse, in today's society, it is difficult to avoid being exposed to all the news from multiple media.
Multi-tasking and infobesity induce negative mind-wandering which disturbs you from focusing on a specific topic.
It will consume a great amount of energy when your mind is bothered by other topics and worrying about other things
Knowing negatives caused by today's world makes you understand that your brain needs a rest to keep your soul calm and relaxed. Then, why mindfulness? According to neuroscience studies, it is proved that the mindfulness helps reduce stress, and improves concentration and emotional Intelligence related to compassion. Mindfulness has been applied in the medical and business fields over the world today.
In the 1970s, professor Jon Kabat-Zinn developed a program called “Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction” to cope with pain, stress and disease. His idea has been accepted and applied over the world.
In 2007, Chade-Meng Tan, an ex-Google engineer developed “Search Inside Yourself” to gain better self-awareness, to improve communication skills and to lead with compassion. It has become popular worldwide.
Critical changes of the brain by mindfulness practice happen in three types of neural networks; Default Mode Network(DMN), Salience Network(SN), and Central Executive Network(CEN). Mind-wandering, caused by multi-tasking and infobesity, is in a state of the DMN activated which consumes 60% to 80% of total brain energy. It's just a waste! Therefore, it is very important to give the DMN a rest as much as you can. Ocha Mindfulness makes you focus on just brewing OCHA or tea, which lead you to rest most of your brain.
Rikyu, an influential master of the Tea Ceremony, had established a type of tea ceremony by practicing Zen Buddhism in the form as the tea ceremony. We will return to his philosophy and practice mindfulness with tea.
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calligraphy by 春屋宗園
Making tea is a part of their daily lives for many people all over the world. So why don’t you make your tea time mindful? You don’t need to try to spare time for mindfulness practice.
We believe Yoga and other activities are great for mindfulness practice as well but you may need a mattress and need to change clothes. You can already start Ocha Mindfulness today if you have a teapot and tea leaves at home.
Ocha Mindfulness requires you to brew tea carefully and delicately. Tea is usually infused tasty if you become a bit patient and sensitive during the brewing process, so the tea will taste good as a result of Ocha Mindfulness.
A compound found in tea, L-Theanine has health benefits to improve your concentration and make you relaxed. Traditionally Zen monks used tea for their practice. Obviously, tea and mindfulness are a perfect match!
Microplastic pollution has become one of the biggest global environmental issues today. Instead of buying beverages in a plastic bottle, brewing tea is an eco-friendly choice.
RICA's special way of brewing loose leaf tea leads you to a mindfulness state.
Ocha Mindfulness is a fusion of traditional Japanese tea culture and practical meditation methods based on her specialities as a master of the leaf tea ceremony, Japanese tea instructor or sommelier and mindfulness specialist.
The practice of Ocha Mindfulness requires every human sense to be sharp including your feelings.
You need to focus on the senses such as the sound and the movement of boiling water, the colors, shapes and aroma of tea leaves, the temperature and weight of the teapot, the texture of tea cups, the taste and the feeling when you swallow tea, etc.
In this practice, you always accept your actions and feelings without judging, interpreting or reacted to it.
On the other hand, you can use any type of tea leaves, tea cups and a teapot. Find your favorite or just start with ones you already have at home. So anybody can start it anywhere!
Make your daily tea time mindful! With a deep understanding of Ocha mindfulness, you are now ready to take good care of your mind and soul. RICA prepares programs and subscription to support your treatment, so if you are interested in cherishing yourself with Ocha, please try it with us!