Mindfulness in Daily Life Activities:
Morning Coffee or Tea
In 2014, when I became a Mindful Self-Compassion teacher, I made a word cloud on my computer with the names of some of my favorite practices, and the names of many of my teachers. I had mugs made with the word cloud, that I called my Mindful Mug. I wanted to have my morning coffee be a mindfulness in daily life activity, and I thought that if I saw all those names, it would remind me of my intention to be calm, loving and in service. That was my intention, because it is one of my core values, and I thought if I put my attention on the words, I would calibrate myself for the day ahead. This practice has worked for me like a charm.
Throughout these past 6 years, as I have used these 4 mugs, some of them have broken. Three weeks ago, completely out of the blue, I got an email from Zazzle, the website I used to create my mugs. I don’t think I’ve gotten an email from them in years! They were having a discount for re-orders! I was not in quarantine then, and I was clueless about the tsunami approaching. I just knew that seeing brand spanking new Mindful Mugs would bring me joy. I take in the feeling of the warm mug in my hands, look at the color of the coffee with my almond milk, smell the yummy cinnamon coffee aroma, and contemplate all the great teachings and teachers that came before me.
So much wisdom on such a small object!
The only thing missing is one really important name, a teacher that has mentored me and given so generously of his time for which I am grateful, and that is Rick Hanson. I must have created these mugs before he came into my life, or rather, before I barged into his. But when I take in the positive mental state, and let it fill up my body with expansive warmth, the reason I know I am making a happy bridge in my brain is because of the work of Rick Hanson.
I teach his Experience Dependant Neuroplacticity curriculum, along with the Mindful Self Compassion curriculum. It’s so empowering to realize that we can help ourselves feel better. We can shift our mindset. It’s not papering over or denying the suffering; it’s because of the suffering.