cha-link is a special mindfulness meditation method at tea time that helps purify yourself and grow your inner peace in a busy and stressful life. cha-link enables you to heal yourself by focusing on brewing loose-leaf tea carefully, gently and delicately based on effective meditation techniques. Your mind will be filled with tenderness and gratitude after the 20 minutes of practice. Plus, making it a habit naturally trains you and changes your brain to better deal with your fatigue and stress.
NEGATIVE EFFECTS TODAY
TECHNOLOGY vs BRAIN :Mindwandering
NEUROSCIENCE & CHA-LINK
BENEFITS OF MINDFULNESS with TEA
HOW DO YOU PRACTICE CHA-LINK
Our minds and hearts are exhausted. We are losing peace and compassion with the extensive use and negative effects of technology.
Understanding the negative effects of technological developments while enjoying their benefits is the first step. Then we need to learn how to deal with them and make it a healthy habit!
What will happen if we lose compassion?
Many problems seem to be caused around us because people have no energy to care for others and our world. 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 to ignore your health, such as excessive eating and drinking, lack of sleep, and too much stress.
3. the environment
This will cause you to ignore environmental problems such as driving cars instead of using public transportation, and buying products that have too much plastic packaging.
Technology vs. Brain
Multitasking, which is not an easy job for our brains, has become common at work and home due to the improvement of work efficiency and the spread of web applications.
Without knowing, you are actually dealing with an increased need to multitask on a daily basis. For example, you may think you are having a break or resting when you are playing with your phone, but your brain is actually WORKING while you are using multiple apps at the same time.
Not only about information overload but also updating and uploading information has been accelerated and we are exposed to too much information all day long. Whenever we check our phones, we are annoyed by unimportant notifications. Our brains are already worn out as they are not able to process this excessive quantity of information.
Multitasking and info-besity cause negative mind-wandering or “monkey mind” which prevents us from focusing on one topic.
When our minds are wandering, our thoughts don’t stay on the task-at-hand but are distracted by other topics, thoughts, and feelings. We negatively remember our past failures and suffer from anxiety. We worry about the future. Stress is caused by multitasking and info-besity although some studies say that mind-wandering can enhance creativity.
According to the studies, Mind-wandering can have various bad influences on us.
It has been found that mind-wandering is an inefficient use of our energy. Mind-wandering accelerates the exhaustion of our brains.
The research by Killingsworth and Gilbert, professors at Harvard University, shows we spend almost half of our daily lives thinking about something other than what we are doing, and this mind-wandering typically makes us unhappy.
Attentional resources is a psychological term describing the total amount of attention available to perform cognitive tasks. This is limited. If we pay too much attention to our distracted and chattering thoughts we don’t have enough attention to allocate to caring for other people and ourselves.
Neuroscience has proved that mindfulness helps reduce stress, improves concentration, and increases our Emotional Intelligence and compassion. Mindfulness has been applied in medical and business fields around the world today.
By Mari Smith - Flickr: Jon Kabat-Zinn, CC by 2.0
In the 1970s Professor Jon Kabat-Zinn developed a program “Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction”or MBSR, to cope with pain, stress, and disease. His ideas have been accepted and applied around the world.
By Kenrick95 - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0
In 2007 Chade-Meng Tana, 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.
While your brain can be deformed by stress or anxiety, you can also train your brain for positive changes.
Critical changes of the brain by mindfulness practice happen in three types of neural networks; Default Mode Network(Waster), Salience Network(Commander), and Central Executive Network(Samurai).
DMN: Waster of energy
SN: Commander of Brain
CEN: Efficient Worker
Mind-wandering is in a state of the DMN (Waster) activated which consumes 60% to 80% of total brain energy. On the other hand, CEN (Samurai), in charge of planning, making decisions, controlling attention and managing short-term memory, is active when you are concentrating on a thing. SN (Commander) has a role to switch between DMN (Waster) and CEN (Samurai) depending on the information from outside and our physiological phenomenon. It also takes care of empathizing with others as it’s associated with the stimuli from inside and outside of ourselves.
●Changes of the brain networks
During the cha-link practice, DMN (Waster) is resting and we can allocate our attentional resources to other people as our minds are not wandering. Plus, SN (Commander) and CEN (Samurai) are activated and it will prevent our brains’ fatigue and develop compassion. The connection between SN (Commander) and CEN (Samurai) will get stronger by cha-link practice. When SN (Commander) becomes active and sensitive to other people’s feelings, CEN (Samurai) works together with SN (Commander) and judges what we should do for them and take action.
●Changes of the brain regions
Based on mindfulness together with various meditation methods, cha-link practice changes some regions of the brain to help us deal with stress and harmonize with others.
Gets transformed into a healthy form and brings Peace of Mind.
Reacts to anxiety and fear. Grows bigger or gets deformed and possibly causes anxiety disorder from strong stress.
It will help us cope with stress and balance our emotions.
Gets bigger and improves Communication Skills
Manages memories and emotions. Shrinks small and possibly causing depression and cognitive impairment by strong stress.
It will improve memory and help us understand what the other is talking about and talk smoothly by organizing the compensations.
The Right Medial Orbitofrontal Cortex
Becomes activated and grows compassion
Takes care of affection and attachment. Becomes active when people are raising a child.
We will become sensitive to other people’s feelings and be able to help and support them.
It is an English translation of one element of the Buddha’s teaching “The Noble Eightfold Path” in the 5th Century B.C.. Zen Buddhism emphasizes a mindfulness state of mind coming from meditation as a core practice.
Rikyu is the most important historical figure in Japanese tea culture because he developed the essential spirit and practices of the tea ceremony. He established a type of ceremony based on Zen Buddhist and mindfulness teachings.
of Tea Mindfulness
Making tea is a part of daily life for many people all over the world. So why not make your daily tea times mindful? You don’t need to find 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 the cha-link tea meditation today if you have a teapot and tea leaves at home.
Mindfulness requires you to brew tea carefully and delicately. Tea is a tasty infusion if you become a bit patient and sensitive during the brewing process. The tea will be very enjoyable.
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. Tea and mindfulness are a perfect match!
Micro plastic pollution has become one of the biggest global environmental issues today. Instead of buying beverages in plastic bottles, brewing tea is an eco-friendly choice. (Especially in Japan)
How Do You Practice
This is a special way of brewing loose leaf tea developed by Rica. It is based on her specialties as a master of Japanese leaf tea ceremony, a Japanese tea instructor or sommelier and a mindfulness specialist
MESSAGE from RICA
Practice of cha-link encourages you to gently accept yourself, sharpen your senses, and observe your inner thoughts.
First, check your mind and body and become aware of your breathing.
Pay attention to your senses: the sound and movement of boiling water, the color, shapes and aromas of the tea leaves, the temperature and weight of the teapot, the texture of tea cups, and the sound and vibration when you put a tea cup on a saucer.
Then, enjoy the tea with full and enhanced awareness.
Some other meditation techniques and training methods for the autonomic nervous system are part of this practice.
You can enjoy tea mindfulness with your own teapot and cups anytime.
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