Daily Priority #1 - Physical Health
Today I woke up later in the morning than usual and I felt well rested. I put on my running shorts, running shoes (my stimulus), and arm warmers. NO gloves needed since the sun was already up. I did a warm up routine of 35 jumping jacks and a couple minutes of stretching. Then it was out the door into the cool morning air of Spokane. The run through the neighborhoods was a simple out and back. On my outbound I was shocked when I found a perfect pull up bar as the branch of a tree within one block of where I started. I made a mental note to use it on the way back. When I got back to the tree, I did 3 and 2/3 pull ups and 2 and 1/2 chin ups. I also did 2 sets of 10 pushups. I got an encouraging honk from a passing van while I was on a street corner doing pushups, so that was affirming. At the end of my route, I arrived back at the house totaling about 1.6 miles, what I am starting to consider the “sweet spot.” Short enough to always fit it in, long enough to break a real sweat. Not as little as one mile not as much as 5.
Daily Priority #2 - Spiritual Health
I set my alarm for 4 minutes of walking mediation and 4 minutes of sitting meditation as I continued my new meditation practice. The 4 minutes of walking meditation (three, 8 foot sections) was interesting for a couple reasons. First, my legs again were slightly weak from running making each “move-ing” motion a shaky one. Second, I was able to focus very well on each motion: heal-up, lift-ing, move-ing, lower-ing, touch-ing, press-ing. After walking meditation, I did 4 minutes of sitting meditation. I was able to focus "rounds" of "mental touching points" today and leveraged that into “sitting with God.” No agenda just being present. While I was not “rewarded” with any “warm fuzzies,” I found the moments to be calming.
I quickly read the Faith ND daily passage out loud to myself