As a self-proclaimed coffee addict. I invite you to join me on the journey of living a more mindful life.
Last week we discussed Rethinking Red Lights. This week let’s discuss our morning coffee and how to brew/enjoy it mindfully. By learning to savor every sip we can learn to really live a mindful life.
If you’re anything like me, the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning is start to make your first cup of coffee (or tea). This is the cup that fuels your soul and brightens you up for the day. Whether you wake up on the wrong side of the bed or not – this is the kick off for what will be an amazing day.
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Brewing The Coffee
The act of physically making/preparing your coffee is the first step in this mindfulness practice. In order to make the perfect cup you need to have the correct measurements and take your time.
With each individual step you want to take your time and be thoughtful about what you’re doing. My current coffee obsession is using a pour over coffee maker. This requires a few more steps than just popping in a k-cup, but any method is a great way to practice mindfulness.
Let’s walk through my daily coffee making routine and the mindfulness that comes along with it.
- Grab my pour over from the dish rack and put it together. – As I do this initial step I am simply mindful in the way I assemble the rubber handle around the glass. I want to make sure I put it on the correct way so it does not slip once filled with coffee.
- Put the coffee filter in and scoop the grounds. – This step is all about the measurements. Before scooping the coffee grounds into the filter stop and bask in the moment. How do you feel? More tired than usual? Surprisingly awake? Become in-tune with your body and be mindful of how you’re feeling. This usually determines how strong I make my first cup.
- Fill up the teapot and let it boil. – This is my favorite step in the coffee making process. Once I set the teapot on the stove I sit down and get into the beginning of my morning gratitude. In the few minutes it takes for the water to boil, I take the time to reflect on how grateful I am to be alive.
- Pour it over. – The second best step in the pour over process is pouring the water over the coffee grounds. There is no better smell than the aroma of coffee that hits the air. Between pours I take a brief moment to close my eyes, smell the coffee, open up my heart and soul, and thank God/the Universe for the day.
Before The Final Pour
Before I officially pour the freshly brewed coffee into a mug I get some movement and meditation in. Any form of movement in the morning is a great way to start the day. Not only does it wake up your body and kick start your metabolism, it wakes up the straggler parts of your mind and soul that were too tired to wake up with the rest of your brain.
Along with morning movement I like to meditate as well. Typically I like to meditate for 3-5 minutes separately from movement – but most days I hit the snooze button a couple times too many and end up having to combine the two.
The way to do this seamlessly is to do your movement with no music (or very soft classical/low key music). The quietness of the morning allows you to focus on your movement, but more importantly focus on your breathing. For each movement you make allow your mind to focus on your breath and nothing else.
Doing so will clear your head of any racing thoughts and give you a clean slate for the day.
Pour Baby Pour
It’s finally time to pour the magic I like to call coffee into a mug and sip away. By this time the coffee had the chance to fully brew and cool to a bearable temperature. At this point your body and mind should be as close to fully woken up as possible as well.
I find that the best way to move onto the next steps of mindfulness is to allow yourself at least 5-10 extra minutes to just sit with your coffee, pen and paper.
Take the first one to two minutes to just enjoy the taste – smell – feel of the coffee. Notice how it touches your heart and soul. How it opens you up to a day.
Use the remaining minutes to not only enjoy your coffee but to get out any thoughts that are in your head. Write these thoughts down and get them organized. Make note of how you feel in this moment as well. Take this time to be fully aware in the moment as this is the calm before the day that lies ahead.
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