1. I found the breathing techniques to be similar in both the loving-kindness and subtle mind exercises and I was relaxed while practicing both, although the CD had some static and skipping issues for the subtle mind exercise, which threw me off focus. I went and used the textbook to help guide me through this exercise, which helped. I noticed in the loving-kindness exercise I had to connect with my inner-self, love myself first, and direct that love outward to strangers and people who give me a hard time on a daily basis. I learned to think positive thoughts towards them and found this exercise to be calming and peaceful. In the subtle mind exercise, I found I had to re-train my mind and listen to my breathing as I re-directed my thoughts to positive ones. This exercise was a bit more challenging, but one that was worth learning to practice and incorporate into my daily life style to create better health, well-being, happiness, and peace.
2. Spiritual wellness and physical wellness go hand-in-hand and are connected to how we feel and love others as well as ourself. Both of these experiences combined take care of our well-being, create happiness, appreciation for life and family as well as friends, believing in all things in a positive way, and makes me feel I can take charge of my life. This is how I can experience human flourishing and integral health.
I go to Church weekly and feel so upbeat and inspired while I am there and for the remainder of the day. I notice good things start to happen for me and my family as I pray for them. For example, my husband has been out of work for over a year and sent out over 500 resumes. We prayed each week that he would receive phone calls for job interviews and that he would find a job. He was losing hope, but I was the one who believed he would find something soon and told him not to give up hope. Out of the blue, a former boss from 20-years ago that we both used to work for, contacted us on Facebook and he was able to help my husband find a job in his company. It was as if God had directed him towards us knowing we needed help. My husband received two other job offers in the same week he was hired for this job and he kindly declined them. Needless to say, he is happy and on top of the world again, which increases our faith in God and love for one another.