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Like me, do you ever find yourself checking if you have drunk your cuppa or not, only to find it empty? You drank it but didn’t notice doing so!

Sometimes we are scarcely aware as we eat and drink – and because we are not aware, we are not thankful for what we eat and drink

Here’s a meditation to do with a cuppa: increase your awareness; be thankful.

Look at the liquid as if you have never seen anything like it before.

Pay attention to seeing it. (Pause)

Note the colour of it. (Pause)

And now smell the liquid, moving the cup gently beneath your nose, and with each inbreath, carefully noticing the smell of it, if any. (Pause)

And now taking another look at it. (Pause)

And now slowly taking the cup to your mouth, maybe noticing how your hand and arm know exactly where to put it, perhaps noticing your mouth watering as it comes up. (Pause)

And then slowly taking a sip, noticing how your lips reach out to sip it, and hold the liquid in your mouth.

Notice the tastes you can experience in your mouth.

And when you are ready, very consciously swallow it. (Pause)

See if you can follow the sensations of swallowing it, sensing the liquid down in your stomach.

This is Mindful Monday on 11 March 2019.

Join Sara Shailer and Julie Hill for an evening of mindfulness on the theme of growing in patience on Monday 25 March at the Oasis, Cheltenham. Book your place by emailing (no charge but make a donation towards room hire on the night if you are able).

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