An amino acid found in tea, theanine, is responsible for producing the relaxed feeling tea is famous for.
When that thing called Life begins to take itself too seriously there are a number of actions I have learned to take. Usually I take a walk in the fresh air, stick a few flowers in a jar and follow up with a brisk cup of tea. For me, taking a cup of tea is as good as hanging a sign over my door: ‘Back in five.’ Tea is the daily routine I never neglect. Not now.
I am aware that many of us procrastinate when it comes to taking time-out. (People depend on me!) Yet there is no way around it, we do need time-out from the everyday seriousness of earning a living, looking after children, supporting spouses, partners, friends and relatives; supporting clubs, schools, churches, etc., etc., or maybe we just need time-out from the news.
Beside the presence of theanine in the leaf, the ritual of tea is relaxing. From the preparation of the brew to the sampling, tea, sipped from a favourite cup in a quiet setting, is relaxing. Any kind of ritual can help us to take time-out though. Rituals are comforting because we know exactly what will come next; there are no surprises where ritual is concerned. I just happen to like the ritual of tea, morning, noon and night.
There is no law to say we must take time-out on our own either. Time-out need not force us into seclusion. If you can talk someone into taking tea and time-out with you – then all the better! When we take time, we may get to see the world through different eyes.
‘Never trouble trouble until trouble troubles you’ – Anon. Mediate upon that while you sip your tea …
A cup of tea is time-out when I do not have time to take time out. And time-out and tea are both good for me.