Observations – Stray Cats

I came across a picture quote that hit me like a ton of bricks.  It reads “Think of your cravings as stray cats.  If you keep feeding them, they will never leave”.  What a great analogy to describe challenges associated with changing our behaviors and habits.  Though the length of time between some strays returning to visit has lengthened, some strays have not quite lost my address  (smile).  I file this under progress not perfection.

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Observations 4.0 – Tools of the Trade

A mortar is a bowl-like vessel in which substances are crushed or ground. A pestle is a heavy tool with a rounded end used for crushing and grinding substances.

The mortar may be shallow like a bowl or deep like a cup. The mortar’s texture may be rough or smooth. It may have a spout for pouring. The pestle is shaped like a club and made of the same material as the mortar. The mortar and pestle may be made of a variety of materials such as stone, marble, wood, porcelain or glass. The mortar and pestle go together; they are a set.

Imagine.

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Observations 3.9 – Loving-kindness

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg is a book that I recommend.  I enjoyed listening to the audio version earlier this year.  One concept that the book suggests is shifting your energy and routines to building new habits and behaviors opposed to stopping a current, undesirable habits.  The book also states that the extent of your belief in the new habit is what will keep you from relapsing.  In the event that a relapse happens your belief that you can stick to your new routines is key to avoiding complete abandonment of building your new, preferred behaviors.

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Observations 3.3 – The Practice of Beginning Again

I often refer to the concept of practice in my writing.  Two previous posts are Improvement Through Practice and  The Value of Practice.  I am learning about a new dimension of the value of practice with regard to meditation.

I have a keen interest in fortifying my mindset and the value of meditating comes up often in many of the podcasts I listen to.  I only had a vague notion of what meditation was. Let me be honest, if it required sitting on the floor with my legs crossed it was not going to be for me.  Keeping an open mind, I decided to find out more.

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Observations 3.2 – Promises To Keep

Returning to reciting my affirmations and whys over the last month has helped me realize the value in this practice.  Admittedly, I had drifted away from the habit.  Reading my affirmations and whys aloud to myself literally takes less than 60 seconds of the day.  I like to wrap up morning journaling with reciting my affirmations and whys.  I recently experienced specific occasions where I believe this practice has given me the awareness to make the better choice.

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Observations 2.9 – Journaling

In February 2017 the book The Obstacle Is The Way came into my life and is a personal favorite.  I have re-read this book and often listen the audio version when driving. The Daily Stoic Journal: 366 Days of Writing and Reflection on The Art of Living was published in November 2017 and I was all in. I thought I was all in.  It turns out that I was minimally engaged with using this journal.  I am grateful for the opportunity to put this journal to use now in 2019.

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