I grab a cup of coffee every morning like most of the world. However, the difference between me and most of the world is that this is less of a mindless act and more of an event. I call it–oddly enough–The Coffee Hour.
My morning coffee has always been special to me and my view of it as an event sets me apart. Yes, I do love coffee and probably need a 12-step program, but my coffee hour is so much more than that. Throughout most of my adult life no matter how early I needed to get up for work, for children, or for an appointment, I always got up in time to have that special moment of coffee and deep thought. This practice has served me well, propelling me forward in many areas of my life including writing.
The problem in later years though, has been getting caught up in the wireless fray–checking email, Facebook, iGoogle and, before you know it, 52 other sites because one click leads to another. And let’s not talk about the phone.
Multitasking and Distraction
There indeed lies the problem—multitasking to the point of distraction and less focus on deep thought. Deep thought is truly needed right now (and I’m not talking about the comedic Jack Handy variety here).
The X Factor
No matter how positive one tries to be you can’t help but feel the global unrest in the air on every level including financially, politically, and environmentally. The earth is clearly weighing in showing symptoms of stress with unprecedented changes in its terrain and behavior.
I believe it’s a turning point for us all and we need to get prepared for more of the X factor. We have taken so much for granted thinking that the way we have been living is guaranteed forever. It began with the wake-up call of 9/11 and most recently the economic downturn in housing and jobs—or the lack thereof. Most of us have been caught out there without plan B every time. We have to know by now that this is not a drill and we need to be prepared through Z and beyond.
Spinning My Wheels
In the past few months I have been pushing myself to excel in many areas and I have to give myself credit. I have made progress–working out, eating well, taking writing courses, brainstorming ideas for new revenue streams, job-hunting strategies–but it’s still not enough. There’s lots of wheel spinning and sweating going on, but not enough traction in any one area to make a significant change or create a real breakthrough.
If ever there was a moment when I needed to step back, focus and listen to my spiritual advisors, namely our creator and the universe, I would say the time is now.
For the next 21 days, I’ll be the one in my PJ’s with my coffee in one hand, pen and paper in the other, long before the sun has arrived. With clarity as my intention and meditation my sole agenda, I will be listening and letting the pen move me whenever the message is there.
Your presence too has been requested. Grab your cup and join me. Is before sunrise too early for you? No problem. SUBSCRIBE on the right and you can check out my post on your time.
Enjoy this moment–it’s the only one you really have.
UPDATE: We are well past 21 days now–6 months and counting to be precise. I am weighing in to let you know that this practice is still in full effect. It has served me well. There are no earth-shattering results to report, but it’s more like a steady course on a ship, navagating storms and swells making progress all the while because my vision of where I want my life to go is clearer and stronger than ever. I suspect that this coming year will be one of amazing change. Stay tuned!