A typical day for me will start around 5am. I set my alarm for 5:15 am to practice my yoga before I get the kids up and get my day started. Before taking this class, I would start out with a breathing meditation. However, since we have done several different meditations in class, I have will begin my day now with the subtle mind exercise. I really enjoy this one quite a bit. Once complete, I will then start my yoga practice. I find it quite enjoyable and it allows me to go into my yoga practice very centered. Typically, I would save meditation until after I have done my yoga because my mind would wonder, especially in the evenings. The subtle mind practice however, works best in the inverse order in the mornings.
A few nights a week after dinner, I practice the “rainbow meditation” with my children, at least that’s what they call it. It is the “Crime of the Century” exercise from week three. They seem to prefer this exercise over all the meditations we have tried. I find that on the evenings we practice this one they tend to be much more calm and civil towards one another, so I have continued working with them on this one. It is great to have peace at home when you can get it with two boys who are about to be teenagers.
At night before bed, I practice either Meeting Aesclepius or Loving Kindness. I truly enjoy Meeting Aesclepius, but I was challenged by the Loving Kindness practice and wanted to continue to work on it. They both feel really good to me now and are a great way to end my day. I have mention that in the past I have struggled with insomnia, so meditation before bed has been a steady practice for me for many years. I realize that in hindsight, it was due to me not being able to disconnect my overactive mind.
All in all, I plan to continue practicing these forms of mental fitness because I understand that continue practice really makes a difference. I really like they way they each time seem to offer me a little more. I just want to continue my journey and see how much more is revealed.