Coffee Cup Meditation

When I got up this morning, I had to boot up my laptop. Then it told me that Office needed an update. Sigh. Six minutes to wait. My husband handed me a cup of coffee.

And at that moment, I remembered something about a meditation practice involving coffee. Must have read that article years ago, but this was the perfect moment to give it a try.

You might be thinking coffee and meditation do not go together. While meditation is calming, coffee is stimulating. And yet, the two mesh perfectly into one peaceful morning ritual.

Here's how you do it: Sit on the front edge of your chair with your feet planted flat on the floor. (Alternately, you could sit on the floor on a cushion.) Make sure your spine is erect.

Pick up your coffee cup. (You need a fresh, hot, steaming cup of coffee for the best effect.) Hold your cup in two hands directly under your nose. Close your eyes. Relax your shoulders.

Breathe. Inhale the moist, coffee-scented steam. Allow your thoughts to settle. Focus on your senses.

Take a sip of coffee. Enjoy the sensation of warm liquid sliding down your throat. Taste the flavor of your brew. If your mind begins to stray, simply draw it back to the present moment.

Continue breathing in the aroma and sipping your beverage mindfully for at least 5 minutes. Maybe even 10. Take your time finishing your beverage. Then open your eyes, set down your cup, and begin your day.

Coffee cup meditation will allow you to get into the habit of meditating by hitching your new practice to an old habit. If you already drink a cup of coffee every morning, adding a brief meditation will be a piece of cake! It's like killing two birds with one stoneware mug!