Wednesday, July 10, 2019

A Hippie's Guide to Coffee Meditation

Let me paint your morning - It's natural to wake up to the sound of your alarm ringing after the 4th snooze and jumping to make it out the door on time. It's even more natural to grab your coffee to go and rush into the meeting you were almost late for while spilling your coffee down the front of that new blouse you just bought - and now, you're coffee stained, frustrated, and already over the day in total. 

Now think about tomorrow morning and what you could do differently. You can set your alarm 10 minutes earlier and push snooze only twice. You can wake up before the rest of your house, do a 10 Minute Morning Meditation before even leaving your warm, comfortable sheets. And then you can enjoy a fresh, hot cup of homemade coffee before you begin your day. You'll have time to get ready at a steady pace and make it to the office with 15 minutes to spare. The rest of the day may be full of the usual hustle and bustle but you are able to get through it calmly and efficiently. 

Calm Morning = Calm Mind = Calm Day = Calm Sleep.Repeat Daily.

I learned the art of enjoying a cup of coffee at the age of 3, probably sooner if I'm being honest. My Dad is well-known as "Mr. Coffee" or "Captian Coffee," because he is never without. We blame it on his 37-year profession of being a Fire Fighter that brought him to enjoy a cup of coffee at any time in the day or night. I've seen this man drink a freshly brewed cup at 1:45am and be asleep soundly at 2am. It's Magic. But I'm pretty sure my dad had his first cup of coffee at 3yrs of age too because my grandparents were also never seen without a cup in their hands. It's a Family Thing. 

I've seen my dad, uncles, and grandfathers exchange old war stories over coffee. I've seen grandma and grandpa read their morning newspaper while dipping their toast into fresh black coffee. I've seen my sister make any type of coffee you desire after years of working as a barista at the towns local coffee shop. It's only my right of passage to love coffee as much as I do. Like everyone else, I used to use it as a dose of caffeine to keep me awake during finals week and study sessions. It became my right hand during cosmetology school and again when I had to be at a Bridal Suite at 7am for Hair and Makeup. So I began thinking, "How Can I enjoy my coffee more?" - I grew up in a time when coffee was meant to be enjoyed, Huggelig style, with friends and family; and I was eager to get back to this great past time. I decided to mix it with something I know best - Meditation. 


Call me Old-Fashion but I like to grind my own coffee beans. There is just something about the aroma that fills the room when each little bean begins to crack and split. I, however, know that not everyone wants to hassle with grinding coffee beans and I also know that most of the coffee made these days are from premade pods. Whatever way you do it, I don't judge, it's all about personal preference when it comes to coffee and meditation. Really, My Dad likes his coffee, Black. That's it - no sugar or creamer or milk. Black. I, on the other hand, am a coffee with my creamer and not creamer with my coffee kind of gal. Don't get me wrong, I love the taste of coffee. But I love the taste of creamer too. To Each Its Own. 

  • While the coffee is brewing I like to stretch focusing on my arms and legs. I'll place my hands on my counter and lunge back to get a nice stretch through my extended leg. I'll curl my toes under and lightly rock to get some nice movement in my toes before switching legs.) I'll do some light arm circles forward and then back, rolling my wrists lightly and wiggling my fingers.

  • Don't forget to breathe! Not only do you want to align with your breath but you want to fill your lungs with that sweet aroma of coffee. It's the best part, in my opinion. 

  • Before I put in my light stevia and creamer I like to hold the coffee mug in my hands to feel the warmth. There is nothing like a warm mug to send a calm, peaceful feeling through your body. I like to close my eyes and express Gratitude for stillness, for clarity, mental strength, and the ability to be present. 

  • I use my stevia and creamer as intentions. As I pour each ingredient into my mug and stir them together I set 3-4 intentions for the day. I look at each ingredient and intention as my ingredients for a good day - I could have titled this post "How to Brew a Great Day" - or something like that. 

  • As I take my first sip, I like to plant my feet into the ground; sometimes in my kitchen or sometimes I'll step into my front yard and dig my feet into mother earth. I take a few deep breaths before the first sip and then savor the moment of warmth and stillness. I give Thanks, once more, and I begin my day.

I always tell people that it doesn't matter how you meditate as long as you do it. It takes time, dedication, and practice to find what works for you. I don't believe there is a perfect way to meditate or right way. Meditation is customizable and that's why I like my Coffee Meditation. Many people say they can't sit still long enough to ease their minds - and I get it. But meditation doesn't need to be an hour-long practice. Meditation can be easing your mind, being present, and giving thanks over your morning coffee. It's that simple.

**You can also apply this to morning tea if you aren't a coffee drinker - Remember how I said it's customizable, YAY!!

Cheers to a simpler morning!

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