Daily Priority #1 - Physical Health
Today I woke up right on time. It was a little hard to get out of bed but it was more from my muscles, especially my calves, being tight than from being too tired. I got a good night’s sleep and continue to notice that I am becoming a morning person. I put on my running shorts, running shoes (my stimulus), and arm warmers. I did a warm up routine of 36 jumping jacks (because I wasn’t paying attention) and a couple minutes of stretching. The cool morning air of Spokane greeted me. There was water on the pavement as I ran through the neighborhood. Over all, it was a gorgeous morning for a simple out and back jog. At the end of my route, I arrived back at the house again passing the one mile challenge (2 miles, Odometer = 68.4 miles). It amazes me how far I have come from where I started, physically.
Back at the apartment, I stretched 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 12 squats (24 total), then stretch. 2 sets of 18 lunges (9 each leg, 36 total), then stretch. 2 sets of 17 “breaths” of planking, stretch.
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. For the second day, I enlisted the services of my stress eraser. I began my 4 minutes of walking meditation (three, 8 foot sections). During walking meditation, I didn’t look at the stress eraser, but at the end it confirmed that it is hard to walk and breathe at the same time. Again I scored just 6 points. After walking meditation, I did 4 minutes of sitting meditation. The stresseraser again affirmed that I did better. I was able to focus "rounds" of "mental touching points" while inhaling and exhaling deeply. At the end of the 4 minutes, I had 22 more points for a total of 28 (Point Count = 50). It amazes me how far I have come from where I started, spiritually.
I read the Faith ND daily passage out loud to myself.