Plodding Progress

Submitted by BobD on March 25, 2021 - 7:29am

I find when I try to implement changes in my life, that it is difficult to overcome the habitual practices, and then sometimes there can be doubt in the ability to make the change.  But I am heartened by one area of change, and that is to spend more time in stillness meditation and/or reflection each day.  So if progress can be made in one area, it stands to reason, that perhaps giving it more time will allow for change in other areas.  One doesn't generally transform everything all at once, a little voice tells me.  Have patience for the metamorphosis of the caterpillar.   Perhaps the process at this time is more like building the cocoon so that the transformations can take place, but it's one day at a time right now.  Can I make better choices today for health, for sanity, for spiritual reflection?  Can I look everyone in the eyed today and just be kind?  Those small steps can build momentum, so that I'm not just stuck in patterns I can't get out of, but that I can see there are efforts and they are growing.


Building Foundations

Submitted by BobD on March 16, 2021 - 7:27am

Developing pattern and consistency is important in any new effort.  Three days in, I can see it's all too easy to shuffle some things to the back burner while focusing on other things and that probably doesn't lend itself well toward balance.  I have had stillness time each day, but some days it's the 5 minutes before I drift off to sleep that I remember to quiet down and reflect and consider the divine.  I walked gingerly on my sore leg, and read a few news articles, but nothing all that productive, whereas on Saturday I was raring to go, spent my 20 minutes in stillness, did a 30 minute walk, read my book, worked on my project, hugged my boy, and pampered my wife (she might see it differently...).

But I am moving forward, and that's the overall trend I want to have.  My new addition is to track my intake via If Mind, Body, Spirit health is the goal, then knowing what I'm consuming should help also.  I will walk to work today and most days, but try to add some bike riding and hopefully swimming once I get vaccinated.  Today, I will listen to inspired music during stillness time... really like the works of "Sleeping at Last."

I see another friend has joined me on the blog... Thanks Dlares.  Glad to know we're sharing the journey.

Thought for the Day:  "The quickest way for a tadpole to become a frog is to live loyally each moment as a tadpole."

In the Beginning

Submitted by BobD on March 13, 2021 - 9:58am

I'm going to start something today.  I have some goals for myself to grow more healthy, physically, mentally, and spiritually each day.  Part of that is to document the ups and downs and the struggles and to encourage and connect with others seeking to be more real, more productive, kind, caring and generous.

Today's activities:  20 minutes of stillness meditation, 30+ minutes of exercise, read for 30-60 minutes, love my wife and do something good for her, hug my son who is coming home from college for spring break today, and apply myself to one of my various unfinished projects for an hour.

Thought for today:  "It is not so important that you should know about the fact of God as that you should increasingly grow in the ability to feel the presence of God."