Or a tea for any time of the day, really.
Its no secret that I love an early morning, there's just this little big of magic in the air right around the time the sunrises that soothes something deep in my being.
From an early age, I've felt magnetically drawn to the hypnotic allure of dawn. Maybe its the quiet softness of solitude, maybe its the way that the surface seems to thin, revealing a slower, deeper more primordial energy, or maybe its just the symbolism of the dawn itself.
Whatever it is, its been calling to me since I was young. My first experience with a sunrise was one that I will never forget. It was a hot summer morning, and I was joining a friend of mine and her family on their vacation on the coast of Maine. I still to this day don't know what possessed me, but I woke up before the sun, left our hotel room in the dark and walked to the rocky cliffs up the street from where we were staying. I peered over the edge and climbed down to a little rocky clearing, the sound of the waves crashing on the rocks below. And I just sat there. I just sat there for a long time in the dark, alone with the sound of those waves, and it was one of the most freeing, beautiful, dreamy experiences of my life. And then the sun rose. Soft oranges and reds and purples painted the sky. I could hear the gulls calling to one another, the soft sun beams danced along the water, and I felt so profoundly connected to the world around me in a way that I hadn't even considered before.
I felt changed.
And as it turns out, I was. I've been hooked to early mornings ever since. They are still deeply grounding and soothing to me and it only makes sense that this is also my favorite time of day to meditate.
This tea is like a sunrise to me. The actual ritual of making it evokes that same primordial energy that is deeply soothing and brings its own bit of magic.
The spice from the turmeric and cayenne will invigorate your mind and your body, the adaptogens will help open up your cognitive processes in a calm and balanced way, and the vinegar and lemon will help to make you feel clear, cleansed and primed for receiving all of the wisdom that a morning meditation can bring.
Morning Meditation Tea
1 Tsp Adaptogenic Mushroom Powder
1/4 Tsp Turmeric Powder
1/8 Tsp Cayenne Powder
1 Tsp Apple Cider Vinegar
2 Tsp Raw Honey
Squeeze of Fresh Lemon
Mix all ingredients together in your favorite mug. Heat up filtered water in your tea pot and pour just enough water to mix everything together into your cup. Using a small bamboo whisk, whisk together the ingredients until well dissolved. Once mixed add more water to fill the cup.
Light a candle.
Meditate for ten minutes.
Ask a question. Feel the answer.
Come back to this practice whenever you need to.