Not gonna lie, I’ve already got a blog in mind for tomorrow and it involves no more political ads, calls, and texts… Just sayin’! Even though all the election stuff is in the news I’m largely withdrawing from society for the next ten hours. No point in stressing something that likely won’t be concluded in the next week or two anyways. As such the theme for me tonight is chill; in all its forms 😉
One of the key takeaways I’ve drawn from one of the books I’m reading is the power of a cold shower. By switching the water from hot to cold for the last 15 seconds to 2 minutes of my shower I’m able to give my pulmonary system and vagus nerve a nice little workout. There’s a lot of science behind it but I won’t dive into it here. If you want to learn more just let me know.
Long story short, I’ve worked my way up from fifteen seconds to well over two minutes each day over the past eight days. I walk away feeling refreshed, energized, and ready to go. While in the shower my mind goes to a beautiful state of peace, presence, and focus – albeit after the shock of the first 15-30 seconds. Funny, but it’s amongst the most relaxing part of my day and I can already feel it becoming habit. I’m grateful for this new way to kick off a day!
One of the songs that’s been in my head a lot lately is Shine by Mondo Cozmo (https://youtu.be/1pOUbcbTvOU) . Something about it just seems to fit so well with all going on in life. Here’s a little sample:
Stick with me Jesus through the comin’ storm
I’ve come to you in search of something I have lost
Shine down a light on me and show a path
I promise you I will return if you take me back
It’s been one that’s close to mind recently. Each time I’ve pulled it up I can’t help but feel a bit uplifted and relaxed in a positive way. To dial up a combo of Shine followed by the Chris Cornell version of Patience and then close out with Woods by Hollow Coves is pretty much chill perfection. Times like this I’m thanks for music that fits the mood and sets the mood.
Last, what a beautiful November day! Becky and I got a nice walk in under the stars while Gavin was at practice. Having time to shut down the outside world, get physical activity in, and enjoy the unseasonably warm weather was a great way to start closing up the night. Each step, each breath through my nose, and each little breeze on face felt like perfection. The enjoyment of the present moment in such a state of perfect weather reminded me of how little I actually need for joy and how beautiful simplicity can be. Breathe in, breathe out, exist, and be grateful.