Daily Priority #1 - Physical Health
Today I again woke up after a brilliant sleep on a couch at a friend’s house. The power had been knocked out by a windstorm 3 days ago. After scrapping a thick coat of icy frost from the windshield of my car I drove back to another friend’s house where my running stuff was stashed. I was happy to be up and moving around and have the opportunity to go for a morning run and return to a place with heat and power. I am thankful for this attitude because I have become a morning person. Across town at the other house, I put on my running shoes (my stimulus), arm warmers, and running shorts and even knit gloves. I thought about doing a warm up routine but I was already outside and the thick coat of frost on the grass, cars, and houses was less than inspiring. I did 0 jumping jacks and no stretching. I just began to run through the outskirts of Spokane in the early morning. The sun was shining bright and trying to warm the earth, but it was frigid like real winter in the air. I ran out on Government way in Spokane similar to where I ran yesterday to check the road that had been closed off from the wind storm that came through Spokane, WA on Tuesday night. Is government way still closed? The windstorm had knocked over at least 4 large trees that had flipped a car and blocked the entire road. The good news is that the car and trees had been cleared from the road and it was now open. I headed to my favorite pull up bar, as part of a swing set at a park nearby. I did 3 pull ups and 3 chin ups. I also did 2 sets of 12 push-ups (24 total). I continue to struggle with the last of the 24 but make it every time. At the end of my route, I arrived back at the apartment I was staying in totaling about 1.8 miles, passing the one mile challenge (1.8 miles, Odometer = 84.6 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). I continued to use my new trick to get my old stress eraser to track well. I turned it on and started a session, then ended it. I started a new session, and started walking. It tracked well but at the end of the 4 minutes I scored 0 points. Must not have been very focused… After walking meditation, I did 4 minutes of sitting meditation. I again reset my stress eraser. I sat in the presence of God with no agenda. I breathed. At one point my mind remembered I had to do laundry this morning. I breathed. At the end of the 4 minutes, read a total of 12 points, 12 more for sitting. (Point Count = 195). 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 422, Word Count = 1571)