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Arab Coffee Philosophy

Arabic Coffee Philosophy

Majid the Syrian poured out three cups of steaming hot Arab coffee. One for Chaya, one for me, and the last for himself. The cups steamed from the recent inclusion of the boiling liquid.

Majid lifted up his cup and drank the hot liquid down in a single gulp.

Wade from Vagabond Journey.com
in Istanbul, Turkey- February 23, 2009

Chaya and I hesitated, for we did not want to scald our lips with the hot coffee.

“Why you no drink?” the Syrian asked us.

“Because the coffee is hot,” Chaya answered slowly so Majid could understand her English.

“That because you think hot. Us Arabs, we think no hot when we drink coffee,” Majid replied with a big laugh.
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I pondered this for a moment and then “thought no hot” as I took a test sip of the still steaming liquid.

It was not as hot as I imagined it to be. I then drank down the entire cup, as Majid had done a few moments before.

I was not scalded, and the coffee when down without pain and warmed my belly.

Chaya still “though hot” and did not want to risk her lips in some inter-cultural sort of game.

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I realized that this perspective can be applied to most things in life: If you “think hot” then you get hot, if you “think not hot” then you get not hot.

I remembered the lessons of my Mind/ Form Boxing instructor in China, and realized once again that much of the world is made first within the mind.

If you “think not hot” Open Roads can be made out of brick walls.

Arabic coffee.

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