Every Monday, I post one of the gratitude lists I’ve created throughout the past week on this blog. This one’s from Friday morning.
1. Slept 4 hrs between 9:30 & 1:30, then another 4 hrs between 4 & 8:20, getting up briefly to post my piano video to my blog. Good sleep.
2. Felt unusually calm and focused during the hours when I was awake in the middle of the night. Prayers for people whom I have begrudged were felt with compassion, not forced. Prayers for people I’ve been concerned about were genuine and free of worry. Prayers were whispered rather than shouted. Things seemed softer and more peaceful.
3. Ran 1.3 miles from my house to the church up 3rd Street. Ran in street clothes but with running shoes and spikes. Seems a good way to get around in the snow.
4. Got through the whole day yesterday without having to spend any money. Ate oatmeal at home, then Jeremiah gave me a cup o’ noodles at the church before recording. Stopped at Mikey’s where Kelsey bought my nachos. Free dinner at the Recovery Center, followed by St. Mark’s covering my first and only beverage (a mocha) at the Theology group.
5. Checked my balance for the first time in a few days. It was a full sixty dollars higher than my mental estimate. At this rate, I can get thru the rest of the month on $10/day.
6. The Theology group was nice last night. I also met four new people there — women — three of whom were yoga teachers. The older yoga teacher to my right is the new priest at St. Mark’s. Funny, I thought I would be uncomfortable there due to the subject matter (emphasis on the body in a body/mind/spirit discussion) but instead I felt inspired to take better care of myself and possibly discard my celibacy in favor of some kind of healthy male-female relationship.
7. Good talk with my friend Kent last night, mostly about health and yoga. Also grateful for friends who stick around, being as Kent and I have been friends since 1987.
8. Meditated for 20 minutes after that (having missed about 5 days). Funny how the online clock was just hitting 8:00 even as I started, and the (gentle) alarm sound went off at 8:20 as set. Meditation was somehow informative.
9. I finally have grasped the parallel between the way the mind drifts during meditation and is brought back “to the mark,” and the Christian concept of sin, which literally means “missing the mark.” This confirms James 1:13-16. Check it out:
“No one, when tempted, should say, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted by evil and he himself tempts no one. But one is tempted by one’s own desire, being lured and enticed by it. Then, when that desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin, and that sin, when it is fully grown, gives birth to death. Do not be deceived, my beloved.”
10. Let peace begin on Earth, and let it begin with me.
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