Daily Priority #1 - Physical Health
Today I again woke up an hour after I had wanted, oh well…. Excuse: I kept waking up and then laying in my warm bed, not wanting to crawl out and into the cold morning air of the room. I was also tight from my calves to my hamstrings so I thought by “stretching” in bed I would loosen those up. When I finally did get up and moving, I felt rested after sleeping because I had not deprived myself by staying up late an had slept in the extra bit. I was ready to show the world I have become a morning person. I quickly put on my running shoes (my stimulus), arm warmers, and running shorts and did a warm up routine of 35 jumping jacks and a couple minutes of stretching. The run through the outskirts of Spokane in the early morning was not what I was expecting. The road that I had previously run on during the weekend with little traffic had transformed into a highway of fast moving vehicles on Monday morning. As I ran, each exhale was a puff of breathe that bellowed into my face and behind me. I knew exactly where to find a pull up bar, as part of a swing set at a park nearby. I did 3 1/5 pull ups and 2 1/2 chin ups. I also did 2 sets of 12 push ups (24 total). The last of the 24 was filled with struggle but I made it. At the end of my route, I arrived back at the apartment I was staying in totaling about 1.4 miles, passing the one mile challenge (1.4 miles, Odometer = 77.8 miles). It amazes me how far I have come from where I started, physically.
Daily Priority #2 - Spiritual Health
I read the Faith ND daily passage out loud to myself.
I set my alarm for 4 minutes of walking mediation and 4 minutes of sitting meditation as I continued my meditation practice. Using my stress eraser, I began my 4 minutes of walking meditation (two, 8 foot sections). During walking meditation, the sensor neither worked, nor tracked well. At the end of the 4 minutes I only scored 1 point. The motions of my feet and mind were focused this morning, but my balance was only mediocre. After walking meditation, I did 4 minutes of sitting meditation. Right before I began I reset the stress eraser and experienced good results. I was able to breathe deeply and focus "rounds" of "mental touching points" while inhaling and exhaling consistently. I reminded myself to sit in the presence of God with no agenda. I did not get any “warm fuzzies” but that was ok, I did receive calmness. At the end of the 4 minutes, read a total of 12 points, 11 more for sitting. (Point Count = 130). It amazes me how far I have come from where I started, spiritually.
Daily Priority #3 - Intellectual Health
Today I started something new. I began writing. I wrote a quick outline of my intended book. (Word Count = 256)