“Fika is Swedish for a coffee break that’s more about socializing than drinking coffee. And something sweet is also welcome.”
“Fika is much more than having a coffee. It is a social phenomenon, a legitimate reason to set aside a moment for quality time. Fika can happen at any time, morning as well as evening. It can be savoured at home, at work or in a café. It can be with colleagues, family, friends, or someone you are trying to get to know. It is a tradition observed frequently, preferably several times a day.”
I was recently introduced to this idea of Fika through something I found on Pinterest. Since I like collecting words and ideas from other cultures I decided to do some research. When it comes to the concept of Fika, I am delightfully surprised. I like this idea. It reminds me of the practice of mindfulness. It reminds me of the practice of being in the present moment, the here and now enjoying the cup of coffee in front of you, the sweet treat in front of you and the company with you; and also being away from the telephones, the computers, work, and the busyness that swallows us up sometimes.
How lovely to find a couple of moments a day to enjoy a savored cup of coffee and that little treat either alone or with company. From its description I gather that this is not about the quick 10 or 15 minute rushed break that we often find in retail jobs or busy offices. Or the breaks that we skip and eat at our desks because we feel we cannot stop working. Instead I imagine rather a slow mindful conversation sitting at tables and chairs.
This is Ten minute Tuesday, so my challenge to you today is instead of rushing through your cup of coffee or heating it up and letting it get cold at your desk over and over again, I want you to pour your cup of coffee or your cup of tea and to take a light snack and intentionally sit away from where you are working; sit and drink your coffee mindfully. If possible, invite a friend or coworker to sit with you and chat, not about work. Pay attention to what each other says. Just for ten minutes.
What does it feel like to not rush? What does it feel like to pay attention to what is in front of you just for that moment? How does it feel when you are done?