Thursday, August 18, 2011
Tomorrow I turn 65, and I want it to really be the first day of the rest of my life (as they say!). I'd like to live the rest of my life fully, and not be ruled by fear. I'd like to treat my body with respect and if I'm afraid to be my best, I'd like to make the commitment to work through that fear.
I want to enjoy my life, do things I've wanted but been afraid to do, and find new experiences that fascinate me and engage my mind, spirit, and emotions.
I want to be my own person. I've been working toward that for many years; I've made progress, but at this point in my life I want to concentrate on it. I also want to make more connections with other humans (and animals! but the human part I find really hard, being an introvert).
I want to deepen my spiritual life. In that context, I vow to meditate five times a week, incorporate more mindfulness into my daily life, and read Buddhist and other spiritual material. I don't have to devote hours daily to all this, but just do a little bit and be regular.
I would like to work toward ending mindless eating and incorporate mindfulness into that, too. I'm already working on this, and I vow to keep it up.
So that's a lot! But I decided to write it all out and aim for it, even if I'm not perfect. As we say in a group I belong to, "We aim for spiritual progress rather than spiritual perfection" (paraphrasing).
My all beings be happy, including me!