Relaxation Drinks and Mindfulness
Unless you’ve been meditating in a cave for the last 15 years, you undoubtedly know what an energy drink is. You’ve seen the commercials where Red Bull gives you wings, or seen the Monster sticker on countless pickup trucks. You may have even popped a 5-Hour Energy drink while trying to cram for a test, or take a long drive. They are everywhere, in many flavors, and available almost anywhere you look.
It was only a matter of time, however, until the anti-energy drink hit the market. Dubbed “Relaxation Drinks“, they are beginning to show up in more and more places. With names like Koma, Drank, Purple Stuff, JustChill, miniChill, and a host of others, they are rolling onto the streets en masse.
They are being touted as a way to calm yourself down after a night of heavy partying, or as a replacement for alcohol. The marketing for these drinks will have you believe that they are meditation in a can. While outrageous, they may have some use for the student of mindfulness.
The ingredients read like a recipe book from an herbal coven. Topping the list of most drinks are Valerian Root, Chamomile, Lemon Balm, Kava, GABA, and Melatonin. Drinks which have all been used to thousands of years in teas for a variety of ailments, including anxiety and restlessness.
What is interesting in a mindful perspective is that they may help you calm the mind enough to practice mindfulness. If they can calm your nerves, and help to quiet the loud-mouth mind, then perhaps they can be beneficial to our efforts?
While I don’t advocate using anything but practice, in our crazy society these might actually be beneficial, if not taken before or while driving or operating heavy machinery. Especially those containing Melatonin, which helps bring on the sleep cycle, or Kava, which can cause drowsiness, and maybe heavily toxic to the liver.
We will no doubt be hearing more about these drinks as time goes on. Due to the use of melatonin and kava, I have a feeling these drinks will be making the news more and more. Stay tuned…