Random flower photo from my collection taken in the White Mountains (summer 2013)
Everything I read said it was best to incorporate one new habit at a time. Your brain and willpower can only do so much at once. I think it is a good concept and one I was planning to adhere to this year. But here’s the thing, without any conscious effort some other habits on my list are being adopted during T Time. It is so cool!
I have found that sitting in my quiet office working on a needlepoint project is actually a form of meditation. My breathing is slow and regular, my mind is blank, focus is on how many stitches of this color I need to do for this row. It is very calming. Unlike when I actually try and do meditation there is no wondering about how many minutes I have left or guiltily jerking my mind back from wandering and trying to concentrate on my breathing or some mantra. The meditation just happens. My brain enjoys the quiet rest.
The other positive thing is I have resumed walking on my treadmill while using my computer. No pedometer keeping track of my steps, no goal of so much time. Just a simple stroll while writing or reading blogs.
Officially for February I am concentrating on healthy eating. I am tracking my sugar intake and once again avoiding wheat. I have found the joint pain in my hands and shoulder has returned. The plan is to abstain from wheat for a week or two and if my hands feel better, then I will know for sure the culprit is wheat. I am pretty sure I have made this plan before and I am pretty sure wheat is the bad guy. I guess I was hoping organic wheat would make a difference. I don’t even want to think about giving up baked goods and bread forever. For now I will just focus on the next two weeks.
But I am not going to complain about meditation and 10k steps a day sneaking their way into my routine. It’s all good!