Guest post by Jesse Abbott
I always start my day with a strong cup of coffee to point me in the right direction.
Making and drinking coffee is what puts me on a respectable track. Each simple step is a step towards having a great day. Some say mindfulness is the key to having a balanced life and that mindfulness can be practiced anywhere. Coffee is my mindful practice, and by following these steps you can also find peace by making coffee.
Firstly, you will need to boil some water. Usually coffee is a morning ritual, so one can feel quite groggy getting up to turn on the kettle. If you have an electric kettle, take this moment to activate your brain while you fill up and turn on the kettle. While you wait for the water, grab the coffee beans and the coffee grinder and allow your mind to warm up to the sound of coffee being grinded. Breath in that fresh coffee smell and listen for the kettle because you want the temperature to be just right. Now you will need to grab your favourite mug, preferably one that will inspire a good attitude. You will also need a coffee cone and a coffee filter for your now grinded beans. Open your filter and ensure you do not rip it so no grounds can get passed, because there is nothing worse than getting a mouth full of grounds. Just like when you turn on your personal filter, you don’t want to let anything immoral pass your lips. Being your best self is important, and part of that is wearing the appropriate filter for the situation. So, make sure you have the right size filter for your coffee cone. Now that the filter is in the cone, compose yourself and place the cone on top of the mug. After you have done this, put a nice rounded tablespoon of grounds, or however much you desire, into the filter. Scoop up the grinded beans and allow yourself to be fully in the moment, aware of all surroundings, thoughts, and how much coffee you will need for the day. One tablespoon of coffee grounds for every six ounces of water should do. Hopefully by now the water is boiled, and you can begin to pour the scalding water into the coffee cone. Watch and make sure the filter doesn’t fold over and let the grounds through. Be patient and allow the coffee to steep and drain through into the cup. Take this moment to let all the negative thoughts melt away into the mug. When all the coffee has gone into the mug, take off the cone and dispose of the used coffee filter as you would with the toxic people in your life. Finally, add milk, cream, sugar, maple syrup, or nothing whatsoever to your coffee. Put the finishing touches on your mood and enjoy your coffee along with the rest of your day!
Putting yourself in a healthy mindset can be as easy as making a cup of coffee. If you’re not a coffee person, that’s just fine; mindful practice is not limited to one ritual, or in this case, beverage. Everyone has different methods for waking up and starting their day. So next time you’re making coffee, tea, or whatever your poison is, remember to take a deep breath, relax, and prepare yourself for the day ahead.
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