Daily Priority #1 - Physical Health
Today I woke up after sleeping and was well rested. I was quickly ready to go because I have become a morning person, I put on my running shoes (my stimulus), running shorts, and arm warmers and did a warm up routine of 35 jumping jacks and a couple minutes of stretching. Then I walked outside into the brisk Spokane morning air. I took off to go running down the hill further into the neighborhood. As I ran I noted the frost on the grass and rooftops. I made a large loop and even ran on Government way in Spokane which was still closed off from a wind storm that came through Spokane, WA on Tuesday night. The windstorm had knocked over at least 4 large trees that had flipped a car and blocked the entire road. At the end of my route, I arrived back at the apartment again passing the one mile challenge (2.1 miles, Odometer = 82.8 miles). It amazes me how far I have come from where I started, physically.
Just outside 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 24 lunges (12 each leg, 48 total), then stretch. 2 sets of 20 “breaths” of planking, stretch.
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. I continue to enlist the services of my stress eraser , and today I was both pleased with the results and baffled. I was baffled because the stress eraser did not work very well for my walking mediation. 4 minutes of walking meditation (three, 8 foot sections) later, the sensor had been tracking ok and I scored 1 point even after I had reset it twice. After walking meditation, I did 4 minutes of sitting meditation. I was able to focus "rounds" of "mental touching points" while inhaling and exhaling consistently and being in the presence of God. Although there were no “warm fuzzies,” I was able to use the idea of emptying myself to make room in order to maintain a brilliant focus. At the end of the 4 minutes, the stress eraser on read a total of 15 points, 14 more for sitting (Point Count = 183). It amazes me how far I have come from where I started, spiritually.
Daily Priority #3 - Intellectual Health
I continued writing a chapter entitled "the Russian visa debacle." (words written 290, Word Count = 1149)