Coffee Lovers and Meditation Unite

I am a coffee nut.  I admit it.  First thing in the morning, there is nothing finer than the smell of a great coffee bean grounded and finally dripping into my coffee cup.  I drink it strong, dark and black, so I don’t need much.

But by 1 or 2 in the afternoon, I am ready to escape the noise of my business life and find another moment to myself. 

Coffee helps me escape from my surroundings, and unless I am in meeting sharing conversation with someone else, I use my “coffee time” for a midday meditation time.

People often have a difficult time finding time for meditation so I offer a few techniques I have used over the years to get the most out of my java.  (Can be performed with tea or hot chocolate too I suppose, but the question begs to be asked, “Why”?  Smile)

How to Meditate and Drink Coffee at the Same Time

1. Go it alone.  This seems obvious but to some it may be difficult.  This is not the time to chat, or to call a friend to meet you.  It’s all ready too crowded with me, myself, and I.  That is why we meditate, to still some of the chatter going on inside in our own head.
2. Go it with gratitude.  Before you leave your car, or your office, or your bedroom, begin to say “thank you”.  Imagine the coffee, the time alone and the opportunity to enjoy silence and start the “gratitude attitude” mindset in motion.
3. Go for an empty table.  It doesn’t matter how busy it is, how many people are in line, who is talking about what on their cell phone, and how many babies are screaming.  You can do this.  It is about you and your coffee, that is all there is.
4. Go for the feel of it.  Put your hand around the cup and feel the heat come through.  What does it feel like as the heat enters your hand and begins to warm your entire body?  Bring your attention to the sensation and notice.  You may find yourself feeling comfort, welcomed, nurtured or just plain sweaty.  Don’t worry about what the feeling; just pay enough attention to your hands and the cup to feel something.
5. Go for the smell.  Smell the coffee and breathe in your silence. Use the aroma as a point of reference.  Nothing else matters.  No conversation is important.  You are entering your own world of sensation and peace.  Relax with it and don’t force your feeling.  Simply notice what you do feel.

Time outYou may feel irritated, distracted, busy, hurried, bothered, or nothing at all.  All of those and more is perfectly okay.  If you practice this meditation for 2 weeks on a daily basis, either at home or at your favorite coffee hang out (or at a new one you choose for this experiment), you will soon experience much more presence and much less distractions.

6. Go for the taste.  Stop and notice the feel of the heat on your lips, your tongue, and your entire mouth.  Notice the taste you often take for granted.  Be present to the feeling you have as you sip your java.  Have you escaped for a few moments from pressure?  This is your time after all to quiet yourself.
7. Go for a few long breaths.  Notice yourself having a sip, swallowing and then sitting back with a large, slow inhalation and slow, thoughtless exhalation.  Repeat this 3 or 4 times before enjoying your next sip.
8. Go for silence.  It may take you a few attempts to be able to disconnect from the noise around you, but it will take much longer to disconnect from noise inside you.  That constant barrage of words, thoughts, “should of”, scolds, checklists, fantasies etc… is a drain on your internal resources.  It is time for a 10-second break from it all.  So let your mind drift into space. 

Here is a trick I use to help me disconnect:

Focus your eyes on an object in the room or outside the room.  Stare but don’t follow any action.  Simply stare.  After about 3 or 4 seconds, your eyeballs will relax. 
(Usually, this type of focus is accompanied by a breath that is more “releasing” than normal.  You don’t need to force this breath, it just arrives on time by its’ own initiative.)
If you stay with it, everything but your focus will go slightly blurred.  And then stay, and breathe.  Make it a conscious choice to remain.  Your entire body will relax into the focus.
You don’t need to stay all day, but 30 seconds will make a remarkable impact on your state of being.

9. Go repeat numbers 4-8.  Do it as many time as you are comfortable with and finish your coffee (or not).

10. Go with gratitude.  Don’t judge the effectiveness, or how it should have been any other way.  Thank Life for what you just felt, and leave it alone, until the next time.

FINAL WORD OF CAUTION:  If you drink high caffeine laden coffee, and you drink several cups a day, try this meditation early in the day, before your entire nervous system is whacked! (smile)

In the Grace of the Moment,


PS The photo is taken from an article I feel is only appropriate to recommend to my readers who enjoy coffee, with or without meditation.  Visit Carson Valley Vitality for an interesting medical observation of coffee. 

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18 Comments Add yours

  1. jancartier says:

    Hi Harmony,
    I think we are on the same wavelength .Wanted to say hi. Good post. What would we do without soothing beverages and time to stop, get still, breathe?
    All best,

  2. tobeme says:

    You gave a great example of how one can meditate in moments. Many people get hung up on not having the time in their day. You have shown us how to make the time using the time that we have.

    I gave up caffiene quite a while ago. It was quite the process, however worth it in the end.

  3. I try really hard to relax and enjoy my coffee every morning but I usually gulp it down while thinking about everything I have to do throughout the day. Maybe your suggestions here will help 🙂 Thanks!

  4. Robin says:

    Hi Harmony – Frank and i go down the street for some latte sipping every morning. For us it’s a time to get out and about and connect with people, as we base ourselves at home during the day.

    I used to have a problem years ago with too much coffee, but since I made it a rule to only have one a day, and in the morning, things have been fine. Oh I could talk about coffee for hours…

    Like your take on using it to get into the moment!

    Cheers, Robin

  5. goldenzen says:

    Thanks for all your comments. In fact, I got home from teaching, made an espresso and enjoyed “La crema”.

    @jan – Hello back! You are so right. Coffee is my friend. Funny, even decaf if needs be. It’s the smell and the heat.

    @tobeme- there are so many clues we can use to help us stay in the moment. I hope to write about many of them. Thanks for stopping by again.

    @Melissa, now girl I hear you big time. I have been known to do that very thing. But my day is always better when I stay connected with myself. Ooooo, and on the weekend, a drive, my Ginger girl, and coffee. YUM

    @Robin, funny, so funny. “I could talk about coffee for hours” – truly it a gift from the gods. 🙂 Thank you for stopping by.

  6. Cloudia says:

    Ha ha Harmony… I thought I’d surprise you with my other blog!

    See ya – Cloudia

  7. surjit says:

    Hi Harmony,
    What an inspiring post? Thanks for sharing your insights.It is a timely reminder to be always grateful to The Almighty while enjoying His Gifts .(which we often forget) You are a blessed soul.
    God bless you.

  8. goldenzen says:

    To be honest, I am blessed to have you as a friend.

  9. Cloudia says:

    I SO appreciate knowing you, Harmony!

  10. surjit says:

    Thank you so much Harmony, for your kind words. I have the same feelings about you.
    God bless.

  11. Liara Covert says:

    I must say the aroma of rich coffee is something that always stimulates my senses. Walking through a gourmet shop full of various selections of coffee beans is fantastic, or walking through a plantation itself ignites fire in one’s imagination. I enjoy this beverage from time-to-time, but actually prefer green tea.

  12. goldenzen says:

    I am drinking a lovely cup of green tea as I post tonight Liara. To us! cheers.

  13. Secret Simon says:

    Have you thought of approaching Starbucks or Costa Coffee with this idea? I think there might be a business opportunity here…

  14. goldenzen says:

    Thanks for the tip Simon. I will remember you when I am famous. :-)))))

  15. Gloria says:

    I realize that your post was three months ago, but I just found you on a google search that someone used to find my Zen coffee blog. LOVE your Zen coffee meditation. I’ve been doing this for years. I’m wondering if you’d allow me to share your coffee meditation on my blog with a link back to you.

  16. Ah! A topic after my own heart! I am also a coffee lover! For me a cup of good, hot coffee is one of the great pleasures of life – definately underestimated!
    I prefer latte but also drink espresso when I feel like pick-me-up! Well written blog, thanks!

  17. Coffee Lover says:

    I couldn’t agree any more i must admit. trying to let go, fully concentrating on oneself, ignoring the everyday hustles and allowing to let go while experiencing a coffee is totally meditative.

  18. I love the writing skills! Very well said. I’m actually looking some related stuffs about this. Thank you for sharing your ideas with us. I’m looking forward for your next post! I’ll be happy to read.

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