Most of us take the time to make a coffee or a tea at least once or if not more times a day. If you’re lucky and get to do this without the interruptions of kids, family, work colleagues and noisy surroundings, you can take these moments to activate your mindfulness muscles.
Many people say to me, ‘I just forget to be mindful in my busy schedule’ or ‘I have no time to sit and meditate.’
Mindfulness doesn’t have to be a set out task and can be incorporated into many daily practices. Check my last post on mindfulness and what it means to you.
Coffee Zen Morning Ritual
On most mornings, I’m first up in the house and all is quiet (if the kids aren’t awake). I really enjoy the practice of making my morning cup. I also find on mornings that I use this Coffee Zen practice, my day runs way smoother.
I spend the few minutes to really pay attention to pouring the water in the base Cafetera (Italian coffee percolator) to the exact spot it needs to be. I then insert the coffee grind holster and gently fill it up with
the sweet smelling roasted grind of my favorite coffee. Spoon by spoon I am attentive of all these motions and gently pat down the coffee in a precise manner.
After screwing on the top component, I put the cafeteria on the heat and take a moment to be grateful for the warm cup of goodness I’m about to receive. In these minutes that this coffee is being brewed, I do some standing meditation and breath work.
When the brew is bubble and complete, I slowly pour the cup and take my time to enjoy my morning drink. After enjoying these moments, I get in to my gratitude journal.
This is a powerful and simple practice that many of us can incorporate in to their busy lives.
I also like to practice this same type of mindfulness with tea in the evening.
“Mindfulness is always mindful of something. When you drink your tea mindfully, it’s called mindfulness of drinking. When you walk mindfully, it’s called mindfulness of walking. And when you breathe mindfully, that is mindfulness of breathing” – Thich Nhat Hahn, Shambala Sun
Where else can I be mindful everyday?
This form of mindfulness is transferable to house chores like washing dishes, ironing cloths, gardening and so on.
You can also use this walking from place to place or just sitting down for a break and looking out the window. You simply need to point your awareness to your motions or point of focus.
A place I used to hate to be was waiting in lines at shops, the bank or any place I most likely do not want to be. But now, I take these moments to be mindful of my breathing, which not only clams me but also energizes me in these few moments.
There are hundreds of times in your day when you take the time to be mindful of your breath. So, before you pick up your smart phone, take a few deep breaths.
The trick to using these mindful moments, is to keep them short and sweet.
Grow your mindful forest inch by inch
The more you find these little time slots to be mindful, the more you will find yourself being aware of your surrounding and your own actions. Mindfulness becomes more interesting once its integrated into your daily chores.
This will also improve your energy around others and you will notice that people are calmer around you. Therefore, people are happier to be in your presence and you enjoy theirs as well.
I hope you find more mindful cups in your day.
Do you have any particular moments that you use to be mindful? Please share below.