For the longest time I’ve put coffee on first thing in the morning; not anymore. We got coffee beans not grinds recently and — combined with the changing on the clocks that have made my kids finally not wake me up at 5 every. single. morning — I now have a little pause first thing. So I grab a glass of water, do a meditative prayer, and then read while hand grinding my coffee. The coffee is so much better than the store ground or when we used our blender to grind it.

I’m extremely grateful to regain this moment of silenced and stillness at the start of the day. I’ve been struggling with feeling so rushed but starting slowly is the perfect cure.