Wondering how caffeine and calm, poured into the same coffee cup, can help you mindfully meditate? This blog offers a bit of Zen philosophy and shows how you can bring your inner nature into all of your everyday experiences -- to mindfully meditate through the ups and downs of life.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Just Zen

Just. Being. Zen.

Just breathing. Just being. Just Zen.


Saturday, August 10, 2013

More Zen, More Coffee

Zen is more than a way to meditate; it's a way of life, a way of kindness and compassion.

Coffee is more than a drink; it's a way to mindfully meditate, a way to tune into your inner essence.

Have a Zen Coffee day!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Breathe in the Zen

Take a moment to breathe in the Zen.

Enjoy a hot cup of java while you mindfully meditate on the steam rising from your coffee, just like the ethereal essence of your inner self arising within you.

Breathe in the Zen. Breathe in the essence of your inner self.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Jazzed out of Zen

How often do we forget to be present? How many times have we jazzed our minds out of Zen... not being able to see the coffee for the beans? We do lots of things other than being present and centering our attention on the present moment because we have too many thoughts running here and there, way too many things to do, and we scatter our focus in all directions, throwing our energy into the wind.

Hey, it happens to all of us. We don't forget to be present; we're just not aware that we're in the present moment. We forget to be mindful of it. So just be here, breathing and being present, mindfully enjoying a cup of Zen Coffee.

Monday, July 13, 2009

A Cup of Zen

The first cup of coffee in the morning is a beautiful, enjoyable thing. You're not quite awake and your mind is open and receptive to the thoughts you drink in. As you enjoy your Zen Coffee first thing in the morning, allow the coffee to fill you with a wonderful feeling of calm and peacefulness to set the tone for your day.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Zen Coffee... Review

Since my last several posts have been about reviewing Zen books, I thought I'd share a review, written by Cassie Bendel of Espresso Machine News about my own book, Zen Coffee: A Guide to Mindful Meditation.

Author Gloria Chadwick has released a book that seems like an oxymoron: Zen Coffee. But her aim is to teach you how your favorite drink can help calm you down.

Many people approach coffee drinking as a means to an end. They're tired and they need to get the caffeine in the coffee into their system as quickly as possible so that they can wake up, or at least feel like it, and rush on to the next part of the day. This, in my opinion, is why God and the good people at Red Bull invented energy drinks.

While I can't claim that I don't benefit from coffee's energizing purposes, it's always been something different for me. It's meant a chance to slow down. A chance to stop and notice what's around me. So imagine my delighted surprise when I came across the book, Zen Coffee: A Guide to Mindful Meditation by Gloria Chadwick.

Chadwick's approach to coffee leans more towards seeing the world's #1 beverage as a way to bring a sense of mindfulness and peace to your life rather than something to chug down on your way out the door. However, on her blog, she explains that the book is also for busy people who need the chance to slow down and literally drink in all that life (and coffee) has to offer.

While I haven't read Chadwick's book, her ideas seem quite appealing. According to her, the book can show the average coffee drinker how to utilize their favorite drink and translate those experiences into lowering stress. Chadwick claims you needn't become a Zen expert to experience the calming effects the practice can have on your mind and spirit.

We can all use a little more mindfulness in our daily lives, whether it means committing to a few moments in meditation or simply just taking a second away from the noise of appointments and technology to really stop and see ourselves more clearly. Though I've already found my own approach to coffee as a reason to embrace these moments, I hope to pick up a copy of Chadwick's book and see what a fellow coffee lover thinks about it too.

The book is $9.95 and is available on Amazon.