So my psychiatrist would like me to try to get back into some sort of mindfulness practice. For some people this could be traditional meditation but that’s not a routine I’ve been able to ever foster in my life. He really doesn’t care how I do it, but he wants me to find some sort of way to regularly insert some sort of calming/mindfulness ritual into my day.
It’s hard when you don’t have a traditional workweek to schedule anything with regularity because your days are a big of a hodgepodge as it is. With the kids not in school right now (ever?) there’s not even that to help me regulate a schedule. I do have my schedule with walking my Mom’s dog and taking her to dialysis but the rest changes daily. So…I’m thinking about coffee and maybe making that meditative?
I’ve never been a coffee snob at all…but! I love my morning coffee. I watched this episode of the Bon Appetit chefs making coffee in their home kitchens and I loved the way Claire made her coffee. She uses something called a CHEMEX and she says it’s just “drip coffee” and I kinda just want to do it EXACTLY how she does it. It doesn’t seem to time intensive, but with the grinding and the pouring and the waiting I thought…maybe that could be my mindful practice? I know I’ve been having hot tea at night (to replace my beer) and I’m trying to make that a mindful practice too so I thought I could switch up my coffee routine and make that more mindful?
Except…as Claire mentions in the video…HOW DO YOU DO THAT WHEN YOU HAVEN’T HAD YOUR FIRST CUP OF COFFEE?
I am kind of a zombie until that first cup hits so…can I be mindful yet? Maybe I do a few stretches first in the mornings to “wake myself up” enough to be mindful about my coffee ritual?
I guess all of our schedules are probably weirder now than they used to be pre-pandemic. Do you have any daily routine that you could turn mindful? I don’t shower every day (sometimes I bathe instead), I don’t exercise every day (or most days if we’re being honest), I don’t even bullet journal every day…but coffee? COFFEE I HAVE EVERY DAY.