Daily Priority #1 - Physical Health
Today I woke rested and ready to go. No alarm clock, nothing. I was just excited to start the day. Seemingly I was drawn to put on running clothes (including “sliding shorts” for underwear) and then followed usual stimulus of putting on my running shoes by heading straight outside. It was a cold and rainy morning in Spokane. The sun was still not up and the rain was coming down constantly, not pouring but big consistent drops nonetheless. Admittedly, I was so excited to run that I completely forgot to do any sort of warm up routine. My morning run was one of the first I have done that had no hills involved. I ran through downtown and then along the river. As I jogged, I couldn’t help but revel in the fact that it seems that running has begun to take on momentum of its own in my life. The rain fell, occasionally a cold wind blew and my shoes began to squish as they splashed through puddles I could not see. At the end of my route I arrived back at the apartment for well over a mile of distance.
Back at the apartment, I stretch for 2 minutes and continued my routine. It feels really good to have eliminated the word “new” in front of routine. Since I had done upper body 2 days ago, today was lower body. It was still raining outside but I stood in the overhang of the doorway and I alternated between activities and stretching. I did 2 “sets” of each movement. 2 sets of 9 squats (18 total), then stretch. 2 sets of 8 lunges (8 each leg, 32 total), then stretch. 2 sets of 13 “breaths” of planking, stretch. Twice in the doorway of the building I had to step aside for people entering or leaving. While I felt a little self-aware, the moment passed and I will probably never see those people again anyways.
Daily Priority #2 - Spiritual Health
I quickly scanned the Faith ND daily passage
Today I continued my new meditation practice with 3 minutes of walking meditation (or one and a half 8 foot section). I was able to focus on intentionally beginning my walk by repeating three times “intending to walk, intending to walk, intending to walk” silently in my head before I began in each direction. This practice centered me into the present moment. Then I consciously choose to focus on the movement of my feet. Next I did 3 minutes of sitting meditation where I should have gone through at least one "round" of "mental touching points." The problem is that I got caught on a tangent of mentally strategizing how to categorize and tag blog post for my website. By the time I realized and brought my mental focus back, my 3 minutes had transpired. I will have another chance at this tomorrow.