The morning reflection for today reminds me of the idea in Zen Buddhism that you don’t need robes and a mountain monastery to have a retreat. Paying attention to your thoughts, your emotions and your body can take you out of the noise of daily life.
Mindfulness was particularly helpful today, I caught a pretty strong flu and re-centering myself on my breathing kept me from stressing over all the disruption to my normal activities.
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The text of the morning reflection is a passage that always resonates with me, especially the mentioning of bees. I have always admired bees in how they go about their tasks tirelessly, producing enough for themselves and more, while living in perfect balance with their environment.
Back in August I began a weightlifting program and I have been trying to stick to it as much as I can. Inevitably, things get in the way of the scheduled training and it does produce some self-scolding. Using the “reserve clause” was eye-opening, as today I have the flu and will not be able to train. I intended to train but it was not entirely in my control.
This approach is very effective to setting goals in an uncertain world.
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I am following the Stoic Week for the first time and will be recording my thoughts here. The exercise for the morning is to think about virtues I admire on others.
From my mom I admire that not once did she stay in bed or complained despite her debilitating migraines and back pain, she always did what needed to be done for the family. From my wife I admire her deep connection the the world around her and the strong empathy she possesses. From my dad I admire that he has never given up on his business despite all the forces out of his control that have impacted. From my dog I admire his ability to meet every day with fresh eyes, to find the interesting and beautiful things in his everyday routine.
The evening passage was very interesting, I have always looked back at my day to evaluate the decisions made and the work completed. I think developing the habit of lifelong improvement would be a great victory.