Spiritual Journey

The Meditator’s Performance-Enhancing Drug

Society is trying to wake up. And, it is using coffee to do so. You don’t have to be very perceptive to see that nearly everyone is addicted to caffeine.

Unfortunately, this habit only leads to a pervasive fixation on speed, efficiency, and distraction. People race through their lives faster than ever before, neurotically ticking boxes off their to-do lists. They are so preoccupied with doing that they completely miss the moment and the reality of their being.

Admittedly, I’ve been an on-again, off-again coffee drinker since I was 15. While living at a Buddhist monastery for the past month, I’ve introduced coffee back into my life. There is a culture of caffeine here, and I can see why.

When I meditate caffeinated, everything is more profound. I feel my feelings more deeply. Many more tears have been shed, as I touch into the sadness of the world. Realizations and inspiration burst into my awareness. I am able to maintain alertness throughout several hours of practice.

I realize the shaky, rationalizing ground I stand upon in saying this. Nonetheless, here it is: coffee appears to help my meditation practice.

So, I encourage all the coffee drinkers out there to use it as it was meant to be used. Haha, I have no idea if it was meant to be used this way!

Sit your ass on a cushion and experience yourself fully. You may be surprised at the interesting stuff that arises! You may find that coffee actually enhances your attempt to be with yourself and touch into your true nature of basic goodness.

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