Coffee and Meditation

     Here’s one reason I like to go to coffee shops and drink coffee.  Mind you, I have a thousand other reasons.  It makes you stop, and close your mouth (at least when you are drinking), and think.  Not think like review your to do list for the day, but think like deep thinking, reflection, processing.
No one quotes Albert Schweizer these days, for reasons I might go into later.  But he was a big fan of the ability to think (denken).  Once he said somewhere that if everyone would just take three minutes think, to really think, the next time they went to a funeral, the world would be a different place.
Three minutes, that’s about the time it takes to drink a cup of coffee.   Anyway that is not my favorite quote.  My favorite quote about coffee that is not about coffee comes from Aldous Huxley.  He said somewhere that society should be judged to the extent that it makes meditation possible.  If this is the standard, then our society is most barbaric, for it is most adept at keeping us from even a moment of thinking.
Next blog I will tell you about my favorite place in NYC to drink a great cup of coffee and to think.  The place is almost like a hermit’s cell.


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