How long did it take your to down your last capuccino? Next time, take a cue from the Japanese, whose formal tea ceremony can last four hours. Before taking a drink, participants raise their bowls in tribute to all the factors that came together to create that moment…from their ancestors to the farmers who grew the tea to the elders who taught them how to prepare it. Try this amended routine: Focus on the drink in front of you. Notice the smell and relish the flavor. You’ll find it’s a wonderful daily exercise in mindfulness.
Jennifer Anderson PHD