Mindfulness Booster: Perk Up Your Practice

Mindfully Drinking Coffee

I will admit, I live a pretty healthy lifestyle. I always tell people that prior to being diagnosed with breast cancer, I was the healthiest person I knew. But cancer invited me to view health from a lens of the inside out. Of it being less about how I look and more about how I feel. I’ve come to appreciate the functional and nourishing effects of so many foods, including coffee!

Ok, maybe the nourishing effects of coffee may be a bit of a stretch, but with the growing biohacking trend of bulletproof coffee (which blends grass-fed butter and MC-T oil), it seems coffee is having a moment. The premise is that with added healthy fats you have sustained energy and feel satisfied for longer. I admittedly am super intrigued by this trend and encourage anyone to explore more for themselves. I follow the bulletproof podcast and feel like in many ways I am a vicarious biohacker, but the truth is, I’m still in a discovery phase of listening to my body and what it needs in my new normal and more accustomed to taking baby steps. And the concept of butter in my coffee seemed a little far fetched and not so delicious (although I know people LOVE it). So I took a shortcut and have been adding a spoonful of coconut oil to my coffee. I actually use a small blender which provides a special frothiness that feels like a real treat. And I have to admit, I’m really noticing some tangible perks including feel more and sustainable energy throughout my day.

So as a result, I’m blending my favorite morning ritual with a boost of mindfulness. One of the best tips I like to share with people who are convinced that they can’t find the time to meditate or be mindful is to take a daily activity and infuse it with some mindfulness. Using a drink such as coffee (or tea) is an excellent way to engage our senses which naturally brings us into the present moment. You can practice this at home or in the car after you’ve grabbed coffee at your favorite local morning spot (btw – many coffee spots now offer bulletproof coffee which offers a user-friendly way to explore:-). Let’s get started.

Step 1: Fill your mug/cup with your favorite morning coffee (or tea)and set it in front of you. Take a few natural breaths in and out as you simply gaze at the movement and texture.

Step 2: Pick up the mug. Notice the weight and how it feels in your hands. Is it cold or warm? Is there any steam? Any thoughts or emotions coming up? Just notice.

Step 3: Bring the mug to your nose. Simply notice the aroma as you take a few natural breaths. Then bring up to your lips and pause. Notice any physical sensations. When you feel ready, take a sip and hold it in your mouth for a moment before swallowing. Notice any sensations.

Step 4: When you are ready, swallow slowly and intentionally. Repeat a few more times and just notice what sensations or observations are showing up.

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