This morning has been one of meditation, tea and intentions in my New York apartment studio. I woke to the warmth of this late spring day. A comfortable reminder that we still have June, July and August to get through before feeling the cooling breeze of summer’s end.
My wife was up early for her flight. I helped her with her bags and returned to bed, only to wake and have some tea at nine. There was a time when I would have started to work, losing my focus and my steam as the day passed by me by. But today I sat in a calm meditation. I closed my eyes, to spend a mindful moment in calm. Thirty minutes later I sipped my tea as the intentions I set came to realization within the tasks of the day ahead.
I knew my day would fill quickly enough, as most days do, with writing and clients, calls and naps of various lengths. I have found balancing my day between work and rest laid out a productive path for me.
There would be moments of meditation and moments of re-calibration as long as I chose to take them. This moment I was in was one such moment. Rather than share this morning with clients or friends I chose to be greedy and use it all myself.
I breathed into my tea and enjoyed the rich smoky scent of my Lapsang. The aroma my cup returned to me was deep. I enjoyed the flavors with every sip. I admired the brownish color and smiled at the quiet calm that settled in. Sight, sound and smell were all focused on just one point. A point of calm.
“This is what I will do with my day,” I announced to no one in particular. “I will live it mindfully, and get all of my tasks done with a calm smile and calm pace. Not hurriedly or frenetically, but with the balanced calm of accomplishment.”
I checked off my first task and smiled at the progress I had already made.
Why not join me and do the same?