Daily Observation in 2015
Last year, I spent six months recording details about each day in my life. This was a kind of experiment in Applied Philosophy, a weird combination of my background in data analysis, philosophy and my spiritual/wellbeing pursuits. I wrote about one aspect of this for the Elephant Journal.
As days turned into weeks and months, I reviewed and summarized this personal data. It gave me deep information about the patterns in my life, my typical days and the effects of rare events. In 2016, I will be taking that experiment a step further.
Lessons Learned in 2015 (time, energy levels and reoccurring patterns)
I began to understand three big aspects of my typical human life using this data:
1. There's only so much time in a day, and it's way less than 24 hours. The same is true for days in a year. I now have a good idea of what I can accomplish in a week or a year.
2. I get more out of a day when I live it a certain way. In particular, my mental and physical energy levels vary over time and with circumstances. I now know what my mind and body need to perform at a certain level.
3. I began to see how small, simple actions performed again and again can can give structure to the patterns of my life, making dramatic shifts in its course.
Daily Practice in 2016 (Yoga, Meditation and Journaling)
My plan for 2016 is simple: Each day on waking, I spend a short amount of time doing yoga, meditating and writing a journal. I may spend as little as 10 minutes, or as long as hours each morning.
The practices of Yoga, Meditation and Writing connect me with the physical, emotional and intellectual aspects of myself. As 2016 unfolds, with ups and downs and unexpected turns, I hope to see how well these simple daily actions can act as guardrails on my path forward.