Turn Your Morning Coffee (Or Evening Wine) into Meditation
We get it. You’re busy. Trying to live the best, most enlightened and quote-unquote perfect (or in my case, mistake-free) life is not only exhausting, but extremely time-consuming. Even the word meditation is enough to send me into an overwhelmed tail spin.
Why is it that meditation seems to consistently fall under the category of 'Things Mostly Likely to Never Get Crossed Off a To-Do List That I KNOW I Should Do'? We've heard about it, we know the benefits of it, and honestly it seems like everyone's doing it these days — but when the heck is there time?
Fear not, Sakaralites, we are not only here to help nourish your bodies in the easiest, most effective way possible, but also nourish your minds so that you, me, and we can live in blissful, beautiful harmony.
Here's some food for thought: Turn your morning cup of coffee into your meditation. DING. DING. DING. Genius, right? Enlightenment and indulgence wrapped into one (very necessary) package. Although, I can't take credit for the idea (Thank you Ora Nadrich!) I will offer up another beverage for your meditation-slash-consumption that I think you will be privy to: your evening glass of wine.
Wherever it may be that you enjoy your morning coffee (in bed, at the table, on the subway, at the local shop or in the office) close your eyes for a few minutes (ok, or seconds), breath deeply, and take that time to connect to your core (which is more about looking inward than that six-pack you've been working so hard on). Meditating in the morning helps set the tone for the rest of your day, so you can basically navigate what comes your way with your ideal outcome in mind. Meditation at night, after work, or before bed helps clear and calm your mind from the days' stresses. This will give you greater clarity on the day and a night of solid, dreamy sleep
Lastly, just because you're not sitting in the lotus position, chanting, and swaying a burning sage stick from side to side doesn't mean you aren't meditating. It's not so much about what you do or how long you do it...it's HOW you do it.
So promise yourself to commit your morning coffee and/or evening glass of wine to meditation. If you're anything like me, you'll be meditating at least once a day now.
How To Meditate with Your Coffee and/or Glass of Wine:
Lightly close your eyes. Focus your attention inwards. Savor the moment. Keep breathing. Soften your face, relax your grip, relax your mouth, relax your tension. Be in present time awareness with the activity that you are doing. Dissect each flavor, taste, and texture. Track the liquid as it goes in your mouth, down your throat, and into your stomach. Follow your breath in, hold for a moment, and follow it back out.
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