A growing body of evidence by scientists who research happiness (what a great job, right?) shows that creating a personal practice of gratitude has immense impact on our health and wellbeing. From lowering stress and reducing symptoms of depression, to increasing generosity and flexing our adaptability skills. What is gratitude, though? What does it mean to you? And how can tea help you tap into very personally felt sense?

In this tea meditation workshop, we’ll explore the different ways the body recognizes gratitude in action, incorporating reflective personal journaling exercises.

We’ll also be brewing tea in two different ways, just for the comparison of what helps our practice better with this type of journaling. If you have a gaiwan and a serving pitcher (or “fairness cup”), please bring them with you. You’ll also need tea bowl or cozy rounded mug (10oz/300ml or so) to sip tea from.

Other suggestions are the same as our regular meditation classes:
– Thermos of hot water, enough for 3-4 brewings (18oz or 600ml)
– Alternately, an electric kettle with 1L of hot water
– Journal or simple notebook for personal exercises
– Any supportive utensils for your tea brewing, such as a small tray, coasters, practice mat
– Cozy place to sit comfortably and quietly for one hour
– Suggested teas for this time of year: Leafy black teas, dark oolongs and white tea

Also, in the workshop, I’ll be referencing these two articles/studies about the benefits of gratitude journaling, which may be interesting for your continued reading after class:

– https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2018/12/24/678232331/if-you-feel-thankful-write-it-down-its-good-for-your-health

– https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/pdfs/GratitudePDFs/2Wood-GratitudeWell-BeingReview.pdf 

Original airdate: Jan 2019