Sunday, July 22, 2007

Meditation plus?

At this point, I’m ready to consider any sort of focused relaxation and/or breathing exercise as being meditation. I have done a couple mindfulness exercises, from the book Radical Acceptance, in the last week or so. I’ve been experimenting with using the pain in my back as a focal point, trying to accept it without resistance and watch its movement. It is a tricky exercise, but I think I’m not judging myself as much, so that is an improvement at least!

New Goal!

This is a pretty lofty one, since I tend to not want to take the time to cook, but I have found that lately I really enjoy cooking, and want to eat healthier – and that means cooking.

In this case, “cooking” refers to a meal that takes time to prepare, that includes vegetables that need chopping. So, a salad with lots of veggies works.

I would like to start using my bamboo steamer and slow cooker. I don’t do “oven-cooking” much, since it’s so energy-inefficient, especially since I’m only cooking for one. I usually do stove-top, but I’ll use the microwave to heat up noodles or defrost stuff.

Been feeling like it

Lately I’ve been having urges to do yoga, but haven’t actually done it. I did want to this morning but got busy doing other things. That’s not meant to be an excuse. These days I’m trying not to pressure myself, to do things as I feel like it, having faith that I will eventually feel like doing the things on my goal list. So, the next step is to take the opportunity, when i do have an urge, and pop in a yoga DVD.

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