Today is a day to take your baseline. Every journey begins at the beginning.
Make sure to do the three daily practices assigned for this week. It is not just the practices themselves that are helpful but also the continuity that they create.
As you go about your day, be mindful of yourself. Pay attention to where you feel emotions coming from and their bodily sensation. Check in with your moment to moment state of mind.
Are you trying to avoid or ignore something? Are your sights set on the horizon or something that is behind you? In what ways do you avoid just being here now? In what situations do you become entirely present, happy, and content?
One reason why monks wear prayer beads is that they are a physical reminder. When you feel their touch, you remember to take a step back and really look. Stopping and looking. Living happens in the moment not in the head.
It may help to keep something on you whether it be prayer beads or a small rock in your pocket, anything to remind you to become mindful.
Every moment has peace in it. It is our fixation on our thoughts and feelings that keep us from being Still. Mindfulness is just a reminder to come to terms with the moment in whatever form that may be.
By the end of the day you should have a decent idea of what challenges you may face over the course of this challenge. But if not it is just as well. Surprises are fun too. :)
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