Mindfulness in a cuppa

I have great intentions of setting time up for myself to meditate or journal or stretch. Yet, those intentions fall into spiralling negative guilt patterns when they’re not achieved.

Then, I discovered I can take 30 seconds a day to reset myself. Sometimes, I’d come home from work with a headache or stomach pains because I’d stopped breathing while typing away at the computer. It was becoming more obvious that I needed to change my approach. This is when my workmate taught me how to take deep breaths in through my nose and out through my nose and mindfully drink a cuppa.

The practice of savouring the taste and feeling the warm tea sliding down my throat was novel at first. It felt weird. I kept looking at my workmate as she truly enjoyed every sip of her tea and it looked wonderful. I wanted that wonder and to let go of all the deadlines I had, even if it was for only five minutes.

My workmate gave me a gift. When I was taught laughter yoga, nugget of gold was the permission to laugh for no reason for 30 seconds at anytime during the day. It’s changed how I approach life.

Every time I see a stressful bill or have big deadlines or decisions. I just let the laughter rip. My whole body fills up with bubbles of excitement. It’s a mindfulness that I’m ok and that worry only creates more worry so I’m going to do the opposite and convince my mind that I’m relaxed. I create mindfulness all throughout my day. These days I have the most hilarious cups of tea with myself. To call my morning break enjoyable is an understatement.

Isn’t it time to take a break from our mind?

I invite you to make a cuppa. Take a deep breath. Sip your tea. Smile. Laugh for 30 seconds and enjoy every sip of your cuppa this way. Every cell in your body will thank you.