Some thoughts at Sunset

sunset over the Hawaii Kai marina

Good Day, God!

All day the sun moves across the sky — but I only notice it at sunrise and sunset. Noticing is good! Cherishing the idea of a good day ending and a new day coming is even better. And I suppose that planning for those New Days is best yet.

Today was one of those days when I felt as if I was planning for our New Days. I subscribed (again) to Lumosity and also gave Kit a year’s subscription. I had tried these Brain Games before. But I got discouraged by how bad I was on a few of the games — like the verbal fluency one. I didn’t have the right attitude, God!

I had it backwards. Like most of us I wanted to do more of what I am good at — not work to improve what I am not good at. That’s an ongoing struggle, God.

The Brain Games are based on the fairly recent science of neuroplasticity that shows that our brains can grow new neurons — as a result of focused concentration. Yes, God, focused attention — i.e. WORK — is key.

That is probably why after devouring Noman Doidge’s book The Brain that Changes Itself, it has taken me two or three years to settle down to work at it. Well, Lumosity calls it “play” and I do like that repackaging.

But, preparing for the next New Day isn’t just about our brains, is it God. I am also strengthening my balancing muscles. I found this lovely hemispherical object that I stand on and balance —  sometimes balancing for    5-to-10 seconds.

Ah, and then there is Centering. Sitting myself down, trying to be aware of Your Presence, and observing myself with compassion, or at least without judgment, asking for Your Help in all things.

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