Long time, no post! Apologies if you’ve noticed; I’ve been abroad. I knew that when I was in Poland for 10 days that my meditation practice would pause. It did when I went to Scandinavia last year and I made the decision to change my expectations and not to beat myself up over it. The last time I meditated was the morning was on the flight from Frankfurt to Krakow and I was OK with that. I was a little anxious that I would have trouble sleeping without meditation. But aside from that one day when I drank three cappuccinos (damn you, caffeine), I had zero trouble sleeping thanks to walking 12 hours a day (and the mulled wine, and pierogi, etc).
I started meditating again yesterday morning and it feels totally easy to slip back into my two 20 minute meditations a day. Six to seven AM are my time to meditate, check my email, and pet my cat again.
I’ll get more posts and photos up about my travels, but if you need to see photos in the meantime, you can head over to my Instagram.
(Photo is of a church in Gdansk, Poland.)
That’s an upside-down picture of a green tea match latte from Perpetuum Cafe in Flatiron. I love those. They’ve been my main jam for the last week+. I woke up last Tuesday, after a night of a couple of drinks and some shitty (yet delicious, of course) bar food during the first debate and decided, “Nope, no coffee.”
I wasn’t tired throughout the day, while opting for tea. I’m well aware that tea has caffeine, but when it’s steeped, the caffeine weakens greatly. Tea doesn’t send my digestion system into overdrive and make me feel like shit, so there’s that, too.
I did it the next day. And the next. And the one after that. I kept doing it until yesterday, Tuesday, morning rolled around and it was super dreary out and all I really wanted was a Hungarian Coffee from The Hungarian Pastry Shop. I had one, but I got decaf.
Fact: Caffeine isn’t all that. It just blocks the adenosine in your body from telling the receptors in your brain that you’re tired. Hence why you often crash after it wears off and need more.
I still felt pretty good after my decafe Hungarian Coffee. I haven’t had anything yet today, besides water, and I’m not at all tired. I’ll probably have tea soon to help digest the cupcake I just ate.
I love the smell of coffee and the process of making it, and drinking it (you know, with whipped cream and almond extract). But it doesn’t really make me feel great. I’m going to try to keep transitioning to tea. We’ll see what happens.