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A New Habit Has Begun
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"I feel at times that I'm making up these little people and I've lost my mind." - Carolyn Chute

Days Meditating: 2

My alarm went off at 8:30 a.m. I felt ready to get up. I was looking forward to meditating this morning. I wondered how I would do today. This was my second morning of meditating for 30 minutes.

First, I took care of my needs and then I took care of Bailey's needs. After that I set about getting myself ready to meditate.

I love having space in my room. My bells, incense and my Goddess oil lamp all set the mood for quiet time. My music this morning is Andrea Boocelli. My, what a voice this man has.

While listening to the music, I was able to focus on my breath about three times. This is an improvement over yesterday's monkey mind. My mind did hip hops around the brain pan but again, I just noticed and would bring my mind back to my breathing.

Today is a new day. I began it well. I also did my crunches and neck and back stretches. None of these endeavors seem to help the tingling in my fingers of my left hand. I was hoping something would work but I haven't found what it is.

I took a 45 minute walk this morning once I was done with meditating and the above mentioned exercises. The rest of this day I will be puttering about the house and getting some cleaning projects done. I also need to do my paperwork. I have two months of bank statements to balance. I also need to create November's budget.

I like using the Outlook in keeping track of my day. It is nice to see those projects lined out as I finish them up.

I cleaned out the tub last night. What surprised me was after it dried it still looked dull. I scrubbed it repeatedly and I thought I had gotten rid of the soap scum but it does not look like it this morning. Oh well, I will have to work on it consistently and either it is just dull to begin with or in time I will eventually get rid of the soap scum. Mainly, I don't want to have any mold in the grout. This is what HASLO looks for in their annual inspection.

The other things I want to do is clean the carpet. Of course, if I vacuumed regularly it would help but it seems it is an every two week job. Thank heavens our house guest vacuumed twice while she was here. I need to do it again. I want to keep it up so that any of the fleas Bailey had, had a chance to mate, then I don't want babies running around.

In my grooming of Bailey, I have not seen any fleas so this is a good sign.

Today's Al-Anon focus is: "Just for today I will be happy. This assumes to be true what Abraham Lincoln said, that 'Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.'" So I will count my blessings which are:

1. I woke up wanting to meditate
2. I wanted to exercise and go for my walk
3. I swept the walk way
4. I put out bread crumbs for the birds in the front
5. I played with Bailey
6. I had my breakfast

And that is just for starters. Oh yeah,

7. There is sunshine in my paradise this morning.

Last night I attempted to download the I-Tunes stuff so I could listen to the Al-Anon speaker meetings. Only thing is that my lap top Microsoft XP is too old and will not accept the newer update. Oh well, I tried.

Maybe I need to put a request in my prayer box to receive a new lap top or pad. It would be nice to have newer stuff.

Although what I have is working just fine for my needs.

Boy, things are havoc and mayhem in Oakland. On last night's news, it was reported that the protestors had gone to the port and stopped trucks from leaving or entering. And, I read another report on-line that after midnight, some protestors broke windows, started fires and did graffiti.

I wonder if our government and big businesses is going to see the light. The people are not happy with the state of affairs. Then this thing with Cain and the allegations of sexual harassment, where there is smoke there has been a fire. With this, I would not want him as a president. I shall not be voting for him. Of course, with all this brouhaha, he may quit the race.

So far, I have not seen a candidate I would want to vote for. None of them seem like they are prepared for the job. All they can do is throw mud at each other. I also don't think it's fair to point fingers at the President. Granted he hasn't done the best job but considering what he inherited and what has transpired since, I don't know that anyone else could have done any better. I do feel he is doing the best he can. As for Congress, I feel they are holding the presidency hostage.

But then, that's just my opinion.

mz. em

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