3 ways a pour over coffee can improve your life.

A great morning coffee routine can set a positive tone for the entire day. If your day is started with dread, worry and doubt. It would make sense that your day will continue to follow that pattern. If we start the day with gratitude, accomplishment and positivity. It would make sense that our day would continue to follow that pattern. So, given the choice of your days being filled with dread, worry and doubt. Or your day being filled with gratitude, accomplishment and positivity.

Which would you choose?

I’ve used many different methods to make my coffee over the years. A Mr. Coffee, Keurig Machine, French Press and recently I’ve been using the pour over method. I use a Hario grinder to manually grind my beans, then I boil water, prepare the filter and beans in the pour over dripper, then pour over the water. The important thing here is that I prepare my coffee this way because it takes time. I use this time to prime my brain for positive thinking.

Step 1. Get the positivity ball rolling. While grinding the beans I will say out loud 3 things that are awesome about me. These don’t have to be big such as “I’m awesome because I’ve found the cure for cancer”. Though if that it is you then say it loud and proud! For me they’re usually simpler. For example. “I am an awesome friend”. “I am awesome at making pancakes”. “I am awesome with excel”. This kind self-talk is a great way to shift your mindset into one of positivity. We can actually shape the perspective with which our mind’s eye sees. Makes sense right? If I’m consistently telling myself negative things like “I’m not good enough”, “I’m terrible at excel” then guess what? I will manifest those negative thoughts and I won’t be good enough. If your excel skills need improving try telling yourself “I am awesome at seeking out instruction to improve my excel skills”. Now you’re putting your mind on a path toward positive action.

Step 2. Practice gratitude. While I’m waiting for the water to boil I will write in a gratitude journal. I use the “Five Minute Journal” by Alex Ikonn; UJ Ramdas. Practicing gratitude allows us to celebrate the present and block out negative emotions that can destroy our happiness like envy, regret, resentment. You can’t be grateful and have envy at the same time. Leading scientific gratitude researcher Robbert Emmons has studied thousands of people that keep a daily gratitude journal and has found they report a host of benefits:

• Stronger immune systems
• Less bothered by aches and pains
• Lower blood pressure
• Exercise more and take better care of their health • Sleep longer and feel more refreshed upon waking

• Higher levels of positive emotions • More alert, alive, and awake
• More joy and pleasure
• More optimism and happiness

• More helpful, generous, and compassionate • More forgiving
• More outgoing
• Feel less lonely and isolated.

Step 3. The pour. Now that the water has boiled it’s ready to pour over the coffee beans and create that delicious cup of coffee. The water must be poured slowly and while doing this I can set my positive intention for the day. Dr. Deepak Chopra says “An intention is a directed impulse of consciousness that contains the seed form of that which you aim to create. Like real seeds, intentions can’t grow if you hold on to them. Only when you release your intentions into the fertile depths of your consciousness can they grow and flourish.” An intention should be upbeat and positive. It should also be kept in the present tense and be focused on the short term. Some examples of intentions are:

• I will invite peace into my life.
• I will lead by example.
• I will improve the conversations I’m involved in. • IwillbetheloveIwantinmylife.
• I will embrace the differences in everyone.
• I will be open to success.

Having a morning coffee routine simply gives you the opportunity to focus your mind toward positivity, replace any negative thoughts and feelings with gratitude and set your intention for the day. When you do these things consistently, your life will improve and so will the taste of your coffee.