Morning Meditation and Grinding Coffee

When I am at home in Vientiane I have a morning ritual that I follow almost every day. I get out of bed and make coffee. Simple.

I fill the kettle and start it to boil. Then I put some whole beans into a hand grinder, pick it up and start cranking. Mixed with the rhythmic sound of beans being transformed I hear birds singing, roosters crowing and other affirming sounds of a new day. When the beans are ground I measure them into a French press and carefully pour the boiled water over the top. I place the top on the press, give it a few minutes to steep, then press the plunger. Perfect coffee every time.

I am not sure this qualifies as actual meditation, but while making the effort I am careful to focus on nothing else and keep my mine only on the task. It may seem like a lot of extra work, but mindfully making my coffee gives my brain a few minutes to just exist before it becomes filled with current events, to do lists or just the meaningless static of the day. I know there are more time “efficient” ways to make a good pot of coffee, but that isn’t the point. I am starting my day right, not just making coffee.

Author: Jonathan Look

In 2011 Jonathan Look decided to change his life and pursue adventures instead of comfort and possessions. His goal is to travel the world solo; one country at a time, one year at a time. To accomplish this he got rid of most of his possessions, packed up what little he saw as necessities and headed out. His goal is to spend ten years discovering new places, meeting new people and taking the time to learn about them, their values and their place on this tiny planet. He embraces the philosophy that says a person is the sum of their experiences and rejects the fraud of modern consumerism that makes people into slaves of their consumption. He doesn't intend to be modern day ascetic, just more mindful of his place in the world and to make decisions according to that new standard.

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