Daily Priority #1 - Physical Health
Today I woke up after going to be early on a Friday night. Going to be early has really helped me become a morning person and improved my sleep. 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. This morning I was joined by Lisa. The run through the neighborhoods was again a simple out and back. Since it was a Saturday morning there were no cars on the road and no noise in the air. Just the quiet pitter patter of feet on the pavement and the exhales of breathing in the brisk fall air. At the end of my route, we arrived back at the house totaling about 1.6 miles, not as little as one mile which is enough but not perfect for me.
Back at the apartment, I stretch for 2 minutes and continued my routine. Yesterday was an upper body day so today was a lower body day. 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 16 “breaths” of planking, stretch.
Daily Priority #2 - Spiritual Health
No Faith ND daily passage today, it is Saturday
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 pretty standard. I tried to focus on my walking movements and one time caught myself clenching my teeth out of anxiety for how much I was to accomplish today that is clearly too much. After walking meditation, I did 4 minutes of sitting meditation. I was able to focus "rounds" of "mental touching points" today and, again, leveraged that into “sitting with God.” No agenda just being present. My reward, I was instantly greeted with “warm fuzzies” – showing that I had done a good job centering myself during the walking meditation.