Daily Priority #1 - Physical Health
I woke up very early this morning to sneak my morning routine after a full night’s sleep. My legs were sore from the hike and lower body workout yesterday, really tight and pretty sore. After a bathroom stop, I again decided that meditating while everyone else was still sleeping was in my best interest. Then I put on my running shoes (my stimulus), arm warmers, and running shorts. I forgot to grab gloves, a decision that I would initially regret. Being a morning person, I walked outside into the freezing early morning air of Grand Junction, CO and did a warm up routine of 35 jumping jacks and a bit of stretching. I began to run to a school playground nearby. It was there that I did 4 pull ups, and 2 & 7/8 chin ups, but my hands were brutally cold from gripping the frozen metal pull up bars, I should have brought gloves. I was planning on running back making it a short run to preserve my left hamstring, but I missed a turn in the dark and became so transfixed on the starts (especially the morning star next to the almost new moon) that I finally turned and on the way back my hands finally warmed with the blood pumping to them. My route allowed me to again pass the one mile challenge (1.6 miles, Odometer = 126.5 miles). It amazes me how far I have come from where I started, physically.
Back at the house I was staying at, I stretched for 2 minutes and continued my routine. I did 3 sets of 8 push-ups (24 total) and 3 sets of 16 dumbbell rows (8 each arm, 48 total) using a full backpack as weight, stretch. I continue to enjoy my commitment to not using gym machines.
Daily Priority #2 - Spiritual Health
Read Faith ND.
I set my alarm for 4 minutes of walking mediation and 4 minutes of sitting meditation as I continued my meditation practice. I used my stress eraser. During the 4 minutes of walking meditation (three, 8 foot sections) the sensor continued to amazing and I scored 18 points. Next, I did 4 minutes of sitting meditation. I was able to both focus on "will you follow me?" and just being in the presence of God with no agenda. At the end of the 4 minutes of sitting meditation, the stress eraser continued to track very well. It showed that my concentration was still focused and read a total of 35 points, 17 more for sitting (Point Count = 507). It amazes me how far I have come from where I started, spiritually.
Daily Priority #3 - Intellectual Health
Reward time = breakfast of oatmeal.