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Day 26: Remembering Motivation
Write for 2 full minutes for each journaling prompt below. Once you’ve finished, take a minute to reread what you wrote and reflect.
1. An intention I'd like to hold for myself is...
To remember to be kind to myself today. I tend to forget that it is ok to say I allow what is happening. I am becoming aware of the fact that much of my mental and emotional suffering occurs because of the constant states of aversion I experience. I am not always aware of how this state creates a dark cloud which causes suffering.
2. Things I can let go of are…
Let go of aversion to people, places and things.
Day 25: Focused Attention & Open Awareness
At your next meal, practice mindful eating. Bring an open awareness mindset to this practice; see how much of the experience you can be present to including the flavors and textures in the food, the sounds occurring around you and as you eat, the colors and smells, etc.
Q.) In what ways did the mindful eating practice affect your experience of eating?
I was aware of the texture and smell of the food. I was also more aware of the person I was having dinner with and felt more present during the conversation. In addition, I became more aware of wanting to continue with my stream of thinking about what I had to do after breakfast and shifted my awareness back to practicing being aware of my meal.
Q.) How can you apply this type of practice to other areas of your life?
This type of practice can be used whenever I am completing any task. I could apply this to work projects to focus on the task at hand instead of engaging in the thoughts and emotions I often relate to getting the work done (i.e. the story line about deadlines, impact of conversations, not getting things done, too much work to do etc.).
I would like to hear more about the forest baths,@yogawithpriyanka. We just have streams in ur woods and Henry would drink from them. Frankie, my old mini dachshund from NYC is not quite the hiker that Henry was. That is the same Moola Mantra. I realized sometime last night when i was in bed that i had not replied about this and did not even see this one here. Your has much nicer photos . The one I have is a photo of her singing not that I look at it anyway.
Thanks for mentioning that book Rachel. I haven't heard of it. I've just picked up my order of "The Body Keeps the Score" by Bessel van der Kolk and look forward to deepening my understanding about how trauma lives in the body.
And thank you Jo for sharing your practices. I also try to really make it clear that everything is optional - i.e. closing the eyes, repeating certain affirmations, sitting in a particular way. I often start sentences with, "If you'd like, you might..." or "If it feels comfortable for you, you can..." I think this gives listeners the space to feel out what they are ready for and/or safely able to venture into.