Being mindful…

For those of you who know me one of my vices is coffee. One of my favorite things to do in the morning is have a nice steaming hot cup of coffee. I usually only have 1 or 1.5 cups, which helps me justify this addiction, its a “small one”. In addition to this coffee addiction without fail I spill a good amount of the coffee on myself and sometimes on the floor. So in reality not much of the coffee goes into my mouth, but this is a sort of ritual I have had for many years now. As I try to live my life more mindfully, one of the mindful acts I am trying is to not spill my coffee. This morning when I went to get my cup of coffee I found that there was no lid for my cup, so I had to walk down 2 flights of stairs and a long hallway with an uncovered cup of coffee. It sounds like nothing, but if this was a few years ago the entire cup would have been on the floor and I would be going back for seconds. However, I am proud to say that today I took the time to walk mindfully and make it back to my desk without any casualties. It did take me three times as long, but it was good practice. The art of living and being mindful is something that needs to trickle into every aspect of your life. Start simply, with how you carry your coffee or how you enjoy your morning oatmeal or how you practice your surya namaskaras. Whatever it may be that you practice mindfulness is a way for you to start taking one small step to a more present life.