September 26, 2020 Breaking News, Latest News, and Videos

Mug Of Enlightenment: How Coffee Can Enrich Spiritually And Emotionally:

By Rob White

Coffee isn’t only something we can gulp down in the morning; it can enrich us spiritually and emotionally. Here are five ways that a cup of joe can provide us with motivation, happiness, and even a touch of enlightenment.

Mindfulness In A Mug

Mindfullness is a laser focus on what you’re doing in the present. Next time you make a cup of steaming hot coffee, wrap your palms around the mug. Feel the heat make its way into your fingers, and feel a wave of warm, healing energy gently flow through your arms, your torso, and throughout your body. Pay attention to the scent, and savor it competely. You are living in the moment now. There are no worries about the past or concerns about the future; just you and your cup of enlightenment.

Morning Ritual

In an ever-changing world, it sometimes seems we can’t count on much of anything. Your favorite cereal or soup is no longer available… your favorite store moves or goes out of business… your favorite airline merges with another or simply dissolves… your favorite technology changes and moves on without you, whisking you from the cutting edge to the stone age overnight. And yet… one thing stays the same, and that’s the ritual of making, and then drinking, your cup of coffee in the morning. You may have traded in your French press for a single-serving coffee maker, but you can still count on the tradition of making coffee to help you feel grounded in the morning.

Indulge In The Beans

We worry if we have too many, or too few, material possessions. We spend too much energy comparing ourselves to our neighbors, and to people who live around the globe. We downsize our vehicles for an economy model, or even traded in our SUV for a bicycle to be better world citizens and to decrease our global footprint. Coffee teaches us that simple indulgences have value beyond their price tag. With your morning cup of joe you’ve reminded yourself of the simple pleasures of life, and you’ve proven it.

Great Equalizer

Making a cup of java doesn’t require an advanced degree in chemistry or years of practice. You don’t need any special knowledge or particular credentials. Your cup of joe doesn’t have to come from a high-end coffee shop or the most high-end brewing system available. It can be instant or even decaffeinated. Let’s face it: your favorite cup of coffee doesn’t even have to be coffee at all – it can be hot cocoa or tea. The point is that everyone can have his or her own favorite morning brew, and regardless of what you’ve achieved or how many toys you’ve accumulated, your cup of coffee, and the happiness it brings you in the morning, can rival anybody’s brew. Coffee is democracy at work.

Slow It Down

Guzzle down a just-brewed cup of hot coffee, and your morning will be careening off to a stressful start, and, very likely, a burned palate. Smell the coffee, and take leisurely sips… taking all the time you need to enjoy the flavor, and your morning will be off to a great start.

A mug of coffee’s price range is within everyone’s reach. No matter how you make your joe, starting your day off with a gratifying ritual is priceless. And think about this: It’s been said that an awakened individual has no bad day even if he does, in fact, have a bad day. Well, that’s because he has a good cup of coffee to start things off.

Rob White is an author, motivational coach, and story-teller. Visit him online at www.robwhitemedia.com.

in News
Related Posts

Miramar Project to go Before City Council Tuesday

September 24, 2020

September 24, 2020

Councilmember Gleam Davis asks City Attorney whether she should rescue self from vote  By Sam Catanzaro  Santa Monica lawmakers will...

SMa.r.t. Column: Needed, A Heart Transplant

September 24, 2020

September 24, 2020

We have written about adaptive reuse in previous columns and have postulated that with proper incentives, the existing one, two...

Edify TV: Boulders Blocking Westside Encampment

September 24, 2020

September 24, 2020

City officials recently removed boulders placed on sidewalks by some Westside residents to prevent the formation of a homeless encampment....

Should Council Member Davis Recuse Herself From Voting? Santa Monica Beat – September, 24, 2020

September 24, 2020

September 24, 2020

Local news and culture in under 5 minutes. * Should Council Member Davis Recuse Herself From Voting? * Increases In...

SMC to Be Online for Winter and Spring 2021

September 24, 2020

September 24, 2020

College cites lack of available vaccine  By Sam Catanzaro Santa Monica College (SMC) has announced it will be delivering classes...

Edify TV: Al Fresco Program Ending?

September 24, 2020

September 24, 2020

During a COVID-19 pandemic many restaurants have found aid through the City of Los Angeles’ Al Fresco dining program, but...

Local Breweries Say They Have Been Unfairly Shuttered as County Passes Grant Program

September 24, 2020

September 24, 2020

$10 million grant program approved by Board of Supervisors  By Sam Catanzaro Will a $10 million grant program be enough...

Santa Monica Loses Vegan Restaurant

September 23, 2020

September 23, 2020

Space housing Santa Monica vegan restaurant Viva Vegan up for lease By Sam Catanzaro A vegan restaurant in Santa Monica...

Risks Posed by Wildfire Smoke

September 22, 2020

September 22, 2020

UCLA pulmonologist on how people can tell if the wildfires are making them sick By Toi Creel Even if you...

Will Los Angeles County See Another Spike in COVID-19 Cases?

September 22, 2020

September 22, 2020

County health officials keeping close eye on data this week By Sam Catanzaro Los Angeles County health officials are monitoring...

Edify TV: Santa Monica Fire Department Fighting Blazes Across State

September 21, 2020

September 21, 2020

The Santa Monica Fire Department has been busy helping combat wildfires burning throughout the state. Learn more in this video...

Lawmakers and Residents Take Steps Towards Police Reform

September 21, 2020

September 21, 2020

Santa Monica residents will soon have more control of policing after local lawmakers took significant steps to reform the Santa...

2020 Census Due September 30th: Santa Monica Beat – September, 21, 2020

September 21, 2020

September 21, 2020

Local news and culture in under 5 minutes. * 2020 Census Due September 30th * Bobcat Fire Reaches Historical Size...

UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica Offers Free “Living With Diabetes” Zoom Patient Conference

September 21, 2020

September 21, 2020

By Staff Writer Although the novel coronavirus has dominated the health space this year, other diseases — like diabetes —...

SMa.r.t. Column: Spending and Pension Policies Are Undermining Our City’s Future

September 21, 2020

September 21, 2020

Our guest columnist this week is Marc L. Verville. He is a native of Santa Monica, now lives in Sunset...