Review of the Day (#100)
Every night, before falling asleep, review the events of the day.
Start with the first thing you remember and then continue as if you
were watching a movie starring you. Try to remember everything. For
instance, you may remember the alarm going off and you turning it off,
pulling down the blanket and swinging your legs over the side of the bed
to get out of bed. You may have then walked into the bathroom and
washed up prior to getting dressed. Try to remember every detail as
precisely as possible. Don't simply rehash how you usually go through
your life's routine but rather note each nuance. An example would be if
you dropped the bar of soap when you were washing up or heard alarming
news over the radio while brushing your teeth. Try to recall how you
reacted physically, mentally, and emotionally to every event of the day.
When you first try this technique, you may be amazed at how
little you can recall. It may become obvious that you can easily recall
highly emotional times like when you had an argument with a co-worker
but you may not be able to remember anything about how you got to work.
Similarly, if you had an accident in your car on the way to work, the
events of that incident may be all you can remember. Anything that
happened at work would be a blur.
The more you do this "review of the day", the more you will
start paying attention to your life as it takes place and the more you
will be able to remember about the events that transpired. We all have a
tendency to not pay anything but the most minimal attention to the here
and now and instead spend our time rehashing the past and fantasizing
about the future. This meditation technique can return our awareness of
the present, which is the only time reality takes place, as well as
bring an excitement and enthusiasm to our life. Think about a baby who
is so amazed and fascinated with the newness of everything that occurs
in every moment. We should be experiencing at least that exquisite a
response to our moment-to-moment existence because each moment is
absolutely unique and intriguing and since we are adults, we can ponder
the remarkable way we are reacting to each event we experience
physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
When we can pay attention to our life with a baby's
intensity, we will also find that when we do our daily life review, our
mind will replay it in a minute detail and completeness as if we had put
our inner VCR on fast forward. In just a few minutes, we will be able
to see every event that took place in the previous sixteen hours. This
will occur because at this stage of our consciousness's evolution, our
mind will be a tool we can use as reliably and more easily than any
Review your day and start to live your life, happily ever after.