Monday, Sep 25th

Find Inspiration

I love this exercise. It’s so much fun to intentionally look for inspiration.

I can’t choose just one today. This interview with scientists working to create dirt-cheap, effective scientific tools for use in detecting malaria in poor rural areas blew me away, and my inner geek loved it. Then I found this article on DailyGood, which introduced me to the concept of a Sharing City. And right next door I found this short piece on worthiness.

Happy Monday!

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Friday, Sep 22nd

Mindfulness Meditation

There’s a brief description of this exercise here.

My morning meditations have swung back and forth, over the last year, across the spectrum of focus. Several times I’ve been tempted to quit altogether, but I’ve had just enough moments of real insight and calm that it keeps me coming back.

Still, with all the things on my mind lately, I’ve had some difficulty going it alone. So today I chose this guided meditation to help me focus.

Happy Friday!

Thursday, Sep 21st

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

There have been multiple opportunities for me recently to engage in unusual social interactions. This means that I have lots of fodder for Daily Mood Logs right now. There was a time that I felt like these didn’t stick — I’d do a mood log and half an hour later, I’d be right back where I started. I’m not sure what’s changed, but they seem to have more impact on me now. Even spending a few minutes working through something that bothered me can help me put it behind myself.

Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, Sep 20th

Hardwiring

There’s a brief description of this exercise here.

There’s a potentially large amount of stress on my radar today: I’ve hit a snag in an event I’m organizing. Rather than stew over it, I’ve been working on two things (other than fixing the actual logistics of the event, of course). The first is that I did a quick version of the Interrogate A Fear exercise, forcing myself to work through the question of what is the worst that can happen. The second is that I made today’s exercise that of hardwiring, with a special emphasis on noticing feelings of Accomplishment and Agency.

Happy Wednesday!

Monday, Sep 18th

Loving Kindness Meditation

There’s a brief description of this exercise here.

The very first part of the meditation I chose surprised me. She had me picture myself surrounded by friends and family, all of them wishing me well — in essence, she asked me to consider myself as the object of others’ loving-kindness. I’d never run across that idea before, but especially for someone who has trouble loving their self, it seems like a potentially useful trick.

Happy Monday!

Saturday, Sep 16th

Repeat and Recharge

I thought I would be gone all day today, taking my oldest son to a Renaissance Faire. Instead he is sick, and after having scrambled to get all my usual chores, like shopping, out of the way in preparation, I found myself with an unexpected extra day. As is so often the case, I promptly began mentally filling that day with things from my to-do list.

But fortunately I caught myself. Today I’ll go back outside to my garden, which felt so good yesterday. I’ll do the ice dyeing that I’ve been itching to get to for almost a week. And yes, I might make progress on a project or two — but I won’t let that eat up the day.

Happy Saturday!