Daily Priority #1 - Physical Health
Today I woke up later than I would have liked, but I was very well rested. Luckily because my morning routine can be so concise, I didn’t even entertain the idea that I “would not have time.” Nope, not for a second. Instead, I went directly to putting on my running shorts and running shoes (my stimulus). On my way out the door I casually said to my friend, Mike, “never far and never fast…” and he finished my statement saying, “but always consistent.” It was a brisk, foggy morning in Spokane. I consciously made the choice to do a warm up routine of 35 jumping jacks, a couple minutes of stretching despite my time constraints. My morning run was another loop through the Riverpoint campus. I ran fast, it was good to be out. I started sweating halfway through the run although my finger were freezing at the midway point. As I ran I reflected on how much in the moment I was able to be when out running. I also reflected on how fast the route was passing me by. At the end of my route I arrived back at the apartment for two miles of running instead of the one mile I have made my minimum.
Back at the apartment, I stretch for 2 minutes and continued my routine. 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 11 squats (22 total), then stretch. 2 sets of 18 lunges (9 each leg, 36 total), then stretch. 2 sets of 15 “breaths” of planking, stretch.
Daily Priority #2 - Spiritual Health
I read the Faith ND daily passage out loud to myself.
I continued my new meditation practice with 3 minutes of walking meditation (two, 8 foot sections). Impressively, I was focused. Plus one for me! Next I did 3 minutes of sitting meditation with one "round" of "mental touching points." My legs began to cry out from the building tension of the burning in my muscles from being cross-legged. I remembered this as a good sign for meditation from back in the day when I was in the monastery and taught myself to be “the general of my body.” I pushed through and quelled the tension.