Coffee. It’s wonderful, isn’t it? There’s nothing like that first cup of freshly brewed morning java. You take your first sip and sort of sigh into it.
Coffee wakes you up. Perks you up. After that first cup, you feel human again and ready to start your day.
As a health and wellness professional, I know all about the pros and cons of coffee. One or two cups of coffee a day is perfectly fine. Unless you have a medical reason why you shouldn’t be drinking it, such as heart disease, hypertension or extreme anxiety. However, too much coffee, even if you’re perfect health? Not such a good thing. Enjoy – in moderation. If you’re drinking several cups of coffee a day to get you going and keep you going, that isn’t healthy. I won’t be covering that today, but I would be more than happy to help you explore some of the reasons why you’re lacking energy and how we can fix that with food and perhaps a few lifestyle changes. Feel free to reach out to me.
Today, I want to talk about how you can turn your first cup of morning coffee into a ritual that will change your day and possibly your life.
When you take that first sip of coffee, you’re already doing something
very powerful and healing.
You probably don’t even realize it , but you’re not just drinking your coffee, you’re breathing it in and allowing it to fill you with warmth and goodness. And for a second or two, you’re probably thankful.
You thank God. You thank heaven. Or the Universe.
For the coffee.
Thank goodness for coffee.
Maybe you take a second to thank the person who made the coffee or served it to you.
What if you allowed yourself to stay in that place of gratitude and appreciation a little while longer?
What if you took time to sit back, relax, turn off TV, your phone or iPad and kept that attitude of thanksgiving as you savor your coffee?
Still with me?
It doesn’t even have to be coffee. You can do this with anything you choose to drink in the morning. Tea. Water. A protein shake. Relax, take a few deep breaths and immediately try to think of three things for which you are thankful. Start with three and they can be anything – people, places, things, reasons. Just let the gratitude flow and as you do this, something wonderful will happen. A very subtle shift. You might not even notice it at first, but as you continue making gratitude a morning coffee ritual, you begin to feel better. More loving. Peaceful. Joyful. Balanced. In control – of your emotions, attitudes and your life. You see, it’s impossible for anger, hate, frustration, worry fear and other negative emotions, thoughts and ideas to take up residence in your head when you’re in an attitude of gratitude.
Have a coffee klatch. With yourself. Focus on being grateful and try to carry that spirit of thanksgiving with you through the day. It will make a huge difference in how your day unfolds and how you deal with any obstacles that come your way.
Can’t come up with anything to be thankful for because you think everything sucks big time right now? I totally get it. Life can be so challenging and difficult at times and some of us have situations and circumstances going in our lives that seem impossible or hopeless. If you’re stuck and can’t think of anything to be grateful for, just whisper to yourself, “I am thankful. For what? I don’t know, but I am thankful!”
Your spirit hears you. God hears you. The Universe hears you, and believe me when I tell you – things will begin to appear in your life for which you can be grateful!
I know this sounds crazy, but by telling yourself, God and the Universe you’re thankful even if you don’t feel that way opens the flood gates of possibility and you’ll begin to receive. Don’t ask me how that works. It just does. It’s the Law of the Attraction. A thankful heart and mind paves the way……
Anything that happens today, even if all hell breaks loose at home or on the job, it’s happening around you, not to you. It’s your attitude that makes you take things personally and causes you to react with anger, frustration, worry, offense, despair, fear, etc. etc. If you’ve got that attitude of gratitude going on, you’ll be able to resist or at least control those negative thoughts and emotions from taking over and ruining your day.
If you feel as if you’re not really in control of your life, your relationships, your job, your finances, your health and wellness, and you want to change that, take a different approach. Try being grateful.
An attitude of gratitude changes everything.
This takes practice. It means making a conscious decision to intercept negativity with positivity and nothing is more positive than gratitude. A gratitude ritual first thing in the morning, over coffee, is the best time to do this because your mind is just waking up. It’s sort of like beginning with a clean slate, but you can practice gratitude any time of the day. All day, if you wish. Whenever you want to keep those negative thoughts, attitudes and ideas from slipping in and taking over.
Yours in Happiness, Health and Success,