I’m mildly interested in meditation. Not knowing anyone personally who regularly practices and advocates for it, I’ve had some prejudice/reservations, even though I knew nothing about it. Now I know a little bit and I’m really intrigued. I’m getting the idea that it’s mostly about paying attention to the breath. When your mind starts to wander, you force it to come back to the breath. Not really thinking about nothing, but refocusing your thoughts.
And then yesterday, I was listening to the Rich Roll podcast #2 with Chris Jaeb (who I’d never heard of). He said something that made so much sense to me…
“You have a thought come in your mind and you learn to release the emotional charge related to it and basically create your own self identity and not be lost in all the craziness that your mind strums up.”
That gave me this idea about meditation as an exercise to control your thoughts and emotions. I want this!!
I talk a lot about how I didn’t use an alarm clock in high school Of course not! I lived in Waialua, where wild chickens roam loud and free. Not to mention the birds and dogs. I tend to think that the winter is quite depressing in the way that the sun rises so late and sets so early. But maybe if I pay attention to the birds, see the world awaken through the circadian rhythm of the birds, I would feel more connected to nature. I would use the sun as a natural alarm, rather than a buzz, which now seems quite a violent way to transition into consciousness.
Currently, twilight is is at 5:18 a.m., sunrise is at 5:49 a.m. This morning (actually a few days ago when I wrote this in my notebook) I was awake and promptly out of bed at 5:46 a.m.
The latest sunrise in the next year will be December 31st and January 1st; twilight will be at 6:51 a.m. and sunrise at 7:20 a.m.
If I get out of bed closer to sunrise, say 7:15 a.m., I won’t have much time to walk, definitely not 2 miles. I really need to get up at about 6:30 a.m. for that.
But being that is 7 months away, perhaps my body will be used to waking up early and I’ll naturally get up well before sunrise. Or maybe I need to be flexible and figure out some other way, maybe run 2 miles instead of walk. But anyway, make the time I start my day, how ever it plays out, my priority.
Perhaps there is a natural need for the body to have a months-long period of more rest. Is there a need for humans to be awake longer hours during the summer? For work? And then more rest in the winter? Like a pseudo hibernation. Maybe our artificial need to always be on a schedule and repeat the same habits every day, year after year is unnatural and harmful.
But what about places like Siberia and Alaska with extremely short and long days? Or equatorial areas where the days are always the same? Lots more thinking to do on this. I’m looking forward to getting Arianna Huffington’s new book The Sleep Revolution from the library.
Last night I had a stomach ache, just like the one I had last week. This is really out of the ordinary. I rarely get stomach aches or headaches or any kind of pain really. I’m making note of this because I’ve been eating really well lately, or so I think. I’m eating a lot of vegetables and fruit, very little meat and no processed foods. But I think I’m missing something. Thinking about doing a food journal. This morning I had some coffee and wasn’t hungry until lunch. I thought hard about what sounded good. What was my body craving. Sausage and fried eggs. I got a chicken and spinach sausage from Trader Joes. It wasn’t spectacular. And I know I make the ugliest fried eggs but they were pretty tasty.