For Lovers of Meditation

The Mindful Coffee Meditation

by Susanne Kempken

Today I am sharing one of my own personal meditation favourites with you, called The Mindful Coffee Meditation. You might laugh at the concept of combining coffee with a relaxation technique, but before you dismiss it, take a moment to think about it...and if you are only a little curious, then keep reading.

I use this quick meditation when I am a little stressed or overwhelmed, but I don't have time to take a long break. It was developed based on the idea that everyone always has time for a cuppa. It's quick and easy, and quietly inconspicuous, which is very convenient if you're at work. If you are not a regular coffee drinker like me, then please replace the coffee with a cup of tea or even a hot chocolate because the purpose of this mindful meditation is to relax...

After you have made your warm beverage of choice simply sit down in a chair with your back straight and close your eyes. Now wrap both your hands around your mug (don't make your drink too hot or you'll burn your fingers...I speak from experience). Focus on the warmth radiating through the mug into your hands and breathe deeply. Notice how comforting it is to hold this warm mug between your hands. How this simple act of holding a warm cuppa is soothing and relaxing. Really pay attention and breathe deeply for a couple of minutes. Then take your first sip and really savour the taste. Focus your mind on the taste. Be aware of how much you enjoy this beverage. How the liquid flows over your tongue and down your throat, leaving this wonderful taste that you so appreciate in your mouth. Continue to slowly sip your drink focussing on the taste and how it makes you feel; how much you enjoy it. You can continue this meditation until your mug is empty or until your break is over. The time frame is completely up to you. Just make sure that you do some gentle grounding exercises after you're done, like stretching your arms and back, wiggling your toes or stamping your feet on the ground. It is important to bring yourself back to the real world, to ground yourself a little before you launch yourself into whatever task lies ahead of you.

This little relaxation technique really works for me and it is because of that simple fact that I have decided to share it with you. So give it a try and decide for yourself.

I'm sure that you have heard about mindfulness before as it is a very popular subject in the meditation community. The Mindful Coffee Meditation is one of many easy mindfulness techniques you can apply in your everyday life. For example next time you eat a simple sandwich pay attention to the taste and texture, to the smell and how eating this sandwich makes you feel. It's important to be aware of the moment, and to appreciate the act of whatever it is that you are doing with all your senses. There are so many little things to enjoy in your life if you take the time to pay attention...

If you would like to learn more about mindfulness, please click here.

Susanne Kempken is the co-founder of The Guided Meditation Site. Please click here to explore Susanne's guided meditations.

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Sep 16, 2018
Call me crazy, but...
by: Anonymous

...being the creative type, in college, I would drink a pot of coffee around 8pm and then lie in bed into the wee hours of the morning as a form of meditation.

I learned in my teens that, if I drank too much soda or had too much caffeine before going to bed, I couldn't sleep at night with thoughts racing through my mind uncontrollably. What I realized was that if I could somehow channel my thoughts toward a particular problem, the number of possible solutions would race through my head - particularly in those fleeting moments of complete relaxation between being asleep and awake.

As a writer, I found this to be quite a useful experience. Sure, I might not have the benefit of a full-night's sleep, but the ideas exploding in my head would typically cause a chain-reaction from one to the next until I was making all sorts of connections I hadn't thought of.

Since then, I've come to believe (and repeatedly say) "The mind works best when the body is at rest."

Dec 15, 2017
Great advice
by: AnonymousStonewick

This is a great way to "Stealth" Meditate at work. People come and go into and out of my classroom during my break time. So there is no awkward moment when there is an interruption. It also seems wise to savor and relish so many of life's good moments, no matter how simple...Thank you for bringing attention to this...

May 30, 2016
Thanks :)
by: Lucy

Thank you to share your own technique , I 'm trying to do something with my stress, but I do not really like breathing and only breathing, it makes me more nervous so I think that this technique would fit me. I hope though!! sorry for my enlglish!!

Feb 19, 2015
Love it!
by: Claire

This is great for quick breaks at work, especially when I start to get a little stressed. Calms me right down and I get more done. I use it every day.
Thank you!

Aug 22, 2014
Thank you
by: Jenn

I just wanted to say that I really enjoyed this meditation. Thank you for sharing it! I’ve been practicing mindfulness for a couple of years and it hadn’t occurred to me to do it with my morning coffee. I really like when a new practice is something simple so I can easily incorporate it into my normal daily routine.

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