a morning cup
How do we open to any experience? Our natural bent is to divide the universe. Our minds naturally want to categorize experiences into good and bad; beautiful and ugly; pleasant and unpleasant, etc. MBI teaches us that a Child’s Mind, a sense of wonder and joy in just being, is an attitude that opens mind, body, and spirit to
the inherent joys of being alive.
Choose One Experience
What if you had the luxury of choosing one experience to encounter with a child’s mind? Perhaps it is your morning cup of coffee or tea. Watching the water percolate through the grounds or infusing the tea bag. You might notice a tug of impatience or a worry that the brew will not be strong enough, or the whole procedure is taking too long, possibly making you late for work. As you enter into a child’s mind and this very moment; these concerns slowly fall away.
Touching in to what is real
What remains is the opportunity to breathe in the aroma of the fragrant tea or coffee, as the vapors rise from your cup. You might notice the colors of the porcelain or the pattern of some tiny hair-line cracks. The miniature pool of spilled coffee or tea on the counter, reflecting the kitchen light, comes into focus, and a glistening trail of sugar crystals appears. The milk enters the darker liquid in an elegant swirl and you watch as everything becomes paler. Feel the warmth of the cup on your lips. All of the wonderful flavors are enjoyed as the aroma enters your nose and the liquid flows into your mouth.
In this moment, without judgment or criticism: the morning cup in the child’s mind.
Breathing in I enter my body.
Breathing out I enjoy my breath.
Breathing in I notice any tension .
Breathing out I tenderly let tense thoughts fall away.
Breathing in I see a world of wonder.
Breathing out I enjoy openness.
Breathing in I enter the cup
Breathing out I drink deeply of this moment.
May this information benefit you, those you love, and all sentient beings, everywhere.
© Ellen M. Adelman PhD 2013, all rights reserved.
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