Every morning we typically do the same things. This is a good thing, it puts our life on a semi-autopilot that allows us to focus brainpower on the more important issues and tasks.
A coffee ritual is something most of us have which is great because it can be used as a perfect anchor point to connect a mediation habit, giving you much more bang for your buck in terms of time and effort.
People often think you have to sit down and close your eyes to meditate. That can help, but it’s not absolutely necessary. You can meditate just as well standing up as you can sitting down.
So here is what you can do. The key here is to start small, and just do what’s necessary to build the habit for 2 months then once it’s locked in you can do it for longer.
Start by making your coffee. For the sake of this example, we’ll brew it, but if you use a Keurig just adapt it.
While the coffee is brewing and you’re waiting for it, right after you press the start button close your eyes. From there, breath in from your tummy (diaphragm) and out through your nose. As thoughts come in, just look at them like clouds in the sky, or just do your best to let them pass through and don’t connect with the emotions that will inevitably arise. Keep breathing and focusing on the breathing until the timer goes off.
Boom! You’ve now added a meditation practice into your day that was otherwise just wasted time waiting for a thing to happen. now it’s productive, and we like productivity don’t we?
Oh, and lastly, enjoy that sweet coffee as a reward for meditating and taking care of your mental state.