Monday, August 30, 2004

more post-spa observations

My arms and shoulders are killing me today. That yoga class did not seem all that challenging yesterday, but apparently it was a lot more upper body work than I am used to. In retrospect, it would've been good to have the massage today. I finally broke down and took some ibuprofen.

Meditation was very interesting. The instructor said that 1/2 hour of meditating gives your body the same rest as 4 hours of sleep. I'm not sure I buy that, but I did get to bed late night and tried some of the meditation techniques to help me get to sleep and it did work. I find it pretty easy to do the physical part, letting go of the body, so to speak. It's keeping the brain focused (or unfocused as it were) that is more difficult for me. But the heavy, relaxed feeling of just lying still with every body part quiet while breathing deeply is awesome.

The book I read yesterday is Prayer for Beginners by Peter Keeft, which is one of the best books I have ever read. The entire book is just one "wow" after another. It's still all sinking in, so more writing on it will be coming later.

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