This chapter starts with a few different stories highlighting the key message "The spirit in which you do something is often as important as the act itself." The story of the boy tugging and pulling on the donkey's collar often reminds me of my struggles with my 6 year old son. The more I pull and push him into something I want him to do or be, the more he struggles (and the angrier I get!). But in hindsight, I am so glad for his strong will and I hope he never loses it. He is my constant reminder to slow down and let things unfold on their own. He also shows me the power of a negative spiral and how hard they can be to get out of. By creating awareness of these traps, hopefully I am on the road to a little more freedom.
This week's exercises further enhance our awareness of body and mind and continue to help weave mindfulness into our daily life.
8 minute Mindful Movement meditation followed by 8 minute Breath and Body meditation
http://bit.ly/rodalemindfulness (tracks 3 and 4)
3 minute Breathing Space twice a day (track 8 at the link above)
Habit Releaser: Valuing the television
Printable checklist here
For the habit releaser, it is suggested to choose one day to consciously decide, BEFORE turning on the TV, which show you want to watch, and then turn it off afterwards. If the TV isn't an issue, considering doing this with your computer - deciding what you are turning it on for, how long you are going to be on, and shutting it off when done (instead of skimming Facebook for hours on end...)
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