Welcome to this week’s Mindful Monday!
Continuing from last week, here is another post about mindfulness, and how you can incorporate it into your everyday life. My aim is to show you that mindfulness doesn’t have to be extensive or over-thought – you can include it in your life very easily, for example, by having your morning coffee.
Today, the focus is going to be on coffee.
Coffee. It is something that we drink every day. (Well, most of us, anyway). I personally couldn’t live without coffee – it perks me up in the mornings ready for my day ahead, and it keeps me going when I’m feeling the pressures of the world around me. And quite frankly, there’s nothing better than a tasty, steaming cup of coffee first thing on a Monday morning. As it is a part of my daily life, it becomes an easy task for me to combine with the practice of mindfulness. For many, their cup of coffee each morning is extremely rushed – whilst they’re getting ready, whilst they’re getting the kids out of the door for school, and quite often it can be left to go luke warm to disguise itself with the room around it. By incorporating mindfulness to this small task each day this week, you will not only feel the benefits of mindfulness, but also the benefits of actually enjoying that damn cup of coffee.
Starting the day, and the week for that matter, in a mindful manner can work wonders for your concentration, your mood, and your general wellbeing. Taking a few moments just to focus on yourself is a commodity often given little importance in our everyday lives, and it is often pushed to the bottom of our priority lists. This week, I ask you to push it up a few steps, and try to give yourself those few minutes to really think about yourself, your goals, your wishes, your life. Whether you decide to do this during your morning coffee, or every coffee that you drink throughout the day, the important thing is that you be mindful at least once each day. (If you don’t drink coffee, this task can be done when you have your cup of tea, fruit juice, or anything that you love to drink! Be creative – it’s your life, not mine!)
Personally, it takes me between 5 and 10 minutes to enjoy a cup of coffee in the morning. This is the perfect amount of time to spend being mindful – it really isn’t as tedious as people seem to think! In this short amount of time, you’d be surprised how ‘at home’ you can feel, and how you can really feel set up and ready for the day ahead – whatever it chooses to throw at you.
Things to focus on:
- What do you see when you stir the milk and/or sugar into your coffee? Does it make any patterns?
- What do you hear when you have your moment of silence, with nothing but you and your mug of coffee?
- What do you feel when you take the warm mug into your hands?
- What do you feel when you take the first sip of warm coffee?
- What do you smell in the air when your pour the hot water into the coffee granules?
- What do you taste when you take your first sip?
Taking the time to notice every individual factor of drinking your cup of coffee can allow you to focus on the smaller things in life, and feel completely present in the moment – from when you first boil the kettle, to when you take the last sip from the mug. This can have a huge impact on your day, you can feel grounded and at peace with yourself, and be prepared for the days challenges.
I would love to hear your thoughts on whether this task of being mindful worked for you, and the types of thoughts that you had whilst drinking your morning coffee!