The following article is being reproduced with permission of it's author, Kate Towell. Kate is a holistic wellness counselor who supports individuals to create the balanced, vibrant life they imagine.
Lately I have been contemplating my relationship with coffee. I live in a coffee culture. Here in Seattle the coffee flows as freely as the rain. Dates are made, meet-ups organized, books read and ipad apps enjoyed over coffee. As a yogini I am continually evaluating areas of my life where I create conflict. After all, yoga and Ayurveda are all about creating union in mind and body rather than conflict. When we evaluate conflict in our life it doesn’t have to be big items like relationships, job satisfaction or long-standing destructive patterns. Actually resolving conflict around smaller areas of our lives can help to transform the bigger areas too. Recently, I realized I have created a tremendous amount of conflict around coffee. As a passionate explorer of Ayurveda I know that balance, joy and freedom are found along the median path. I asked myself is my love affair with coffee an extreme?
What I decided is that coffee is comforting. Warm conversations with friends happen around coffee. Creative thinking seems effortless with coffee in hand. Coffee is high in antioxidants and keeps me alert on road trips to snowboard or surf. Yes it may stain my teeth, make my hot nature a little hotter and in larger quantities cause my sleep rhythm to go out of kilter but making peace with coffee means finding a conflict-free relationship with it and enjoying each sip fully. What I decided is that a cup or two in the morning is reasonable, but I’ll say “no” to an afternoon latte. I’ll enjoy every sip when I indulge. Conflict-free coffee.
Evaluate an area of your life where you create unnecessary conflict. Can you practice radical acceptance and make peace with whatever it is? Try it and let me know how it goes.