Actually I have been reading about interval training. You know, where you exercise for a brief period then rest. And I discovered there are now many studies on the effectiveness of interval training and they all show it is effective across a wide range of fitness needs.
And it just happens that my spiritual exercise is physically like interval training but with a spiritual intent.
So I am encouraged to continue with my spiritual exercise, knowing though that it does have a very big effect on me. So I really need to learn to integrate it into my daily life.
I like interval training. Can you describe your physical exercises?
Your kisses, sweeter than honey. But guess what, so is my money.
Last night I resumed my spiritual exercise and it has the same powerful effect. But....I am aware I am learning a new habit and the old habits are fighting back. So it is not smooth sailing for me - I am entering choppy waters.
I am told it takes three weeks to form a new habit and then it becomes second nature and there is no further need to think about it. So for the next three weeks of so I must marshal my energies and consciously form a new habit.
New monks I am told are given a new habit to wear, but I am trying to form a new habit within myself, and the old habits are raging against the dying of the light.
I completed the whole exercise this morning and it left me with my skin tingling.
The aim of course is to change the way I see the world. The exercise will change me from a black and white, linear, sequential view, to a view involving all the senses. In fact I will no longer have a view, I will have a soundscape, a tactilescape, a proprioceptivescape and an olfactoryscape, as well as a visualscape in colour.
I dance to jazz, the music of the spoken culture of black America.
The literate culture privileges the eye, while the spoken culture involves all the senses equally.
And fortunately the electronic culture we are sharing here is quite like the spoken culture. So like a cultural athlete, I am fitting myself for our electronic culture by reaching back to our original spoken culture as expressed in jazz.