Here's Why You Should Meditate After Your Morning Coffee
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There are two kinds of people; those who need to meditate each morning and those who need their ‘coffee fix’ to jump-start their day. But, what if we told you that the two go hand in hand?
While many people may assume these morning rituals are for two very different types of people, they can actually be connected in an interesting way. Perhaps most obvious, both are used to center one's attention and get the day started on a positive note. But did you know that both meditating and drinking coffee can actually enhance the effect each other?
Here you will learn how your morning boost of caffeine can put you in the perfect place for a meditation practice that will be consistent and efficient.
Benefits of coffee and meditation
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First, let’s look at the morning drink enjoyed by millions of people each day. As surprising as this may sound, coffee has been around for thousands of years. From the Turkish mastery of brewing it to the classical compositions of music praising this drink, history has proved that this cup of rich, dark liquid deserves its pedestal.
Notably, roasted beans are loaded with antioxidants that improve your health by fighting toxins within the body. With this benefit, coffee drinkers often experience an improved mood and sharper mental focus.
Coffee is also quite easy to make. For the most simple brewing method, all you need is a coffee grinder, some coffee beans, hot water, and a stovetop.
On to the other side of things, meditation is another practice that can give you the same alertness, mindfulness, and increased confidence that you can get from the caffeinated bean. It relaxes the body as well. Meditation as a practice came from the East, and now, the ‘western world’ is increasingly catching on to the practice and reaping its benefits.
In today's chaotic world, meditation is a safe haven where you can almost ‘rewire’ your brain to a different frequency of experiencing everything that happens around you. Simply put, meditation improves your well-being, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.
Meditating every day gives you all the benefits of greater emotional resilience, improved focus, adaptability, help with substance abuse, and a greater sense of fulfillment. Additionally, routinely practicing meditation every day progressively improves many other factors in your life. That is why so many people are committed to doing it on a daily basis.
Why drink coffee before meditation?
Are you starting to see the common themes between the two? Drinking coffee can prepare you for an even better meditation session, and here are the reasons why.
1. Forming a Habit
The biggest reasons why people do not do things they know are good for them is because it is difficult to create a new habit that can (and will) be implemented on a daily basis.
If you are one of the people who doesn't mentally wake up in the morning before your cup of caffeine, then you are one step closer to implementing a daily meditation practice. How? Simply use the first habit to get you started on the meditation, and work on making this a routine.
When you finish your cup, sit down and stay as calm and quiet as possible. Do this for a shorter time frame at first, and gradually increase the time every day. Because our brain is prone to conditioning, your morning cup will automatically start to be associated with this period of tranquility and relaxation. Once the habit is formed, the meditation will become more and more natural as you finish your drink.
2. It Puts You In The Right Mood
Caffeine releases dopamine in the brain which creates a euphoric or elated feeling. Meditating when you’re in a good mood can help you adjust to this new routine. Meditating while you are tired and in a bad mood can increase the time it takes for you to attune yourself to the positivity you are trying to experience.
The euphoric state after the morning dose of caffeine puts you in the perfect mindset and state of enjoying the very beginning of the session and creates a positive association of good feelings with meditating. If you do this immediately after drinking coffee, the caffeine will begin to kick in enough that your alertness is increased, but it will be too soon for any ‘jittery’ effects to kick in. As a result, you should not experience any negative effects from the caffeine while you’re meditating.
3. Improved focus
Although the stimulating effect of caffeine and the relaxing effect of meditation may seem contradictory, the two actually complement each other. One of the main purposes of meditation is to increase the focus and stop the stream of constant and diverse thoughts. The morning cup is actually something that helps you increases your focus on a singular stream of thoughts.
Meditating after your morning drink tends to give a longer span of attention and focus, so you can go deeper into the state of relaxation and reap all the positive effects of this daily practice.
So, next time you want to meditate in the morning, try drinking a cup o’ joe first and take note of the effect it has on you. You might find yourself meditating more often than before!
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