1. Loving Kindness and The Subtle Mind are practices I have begun incorporating into my daily routine. The first practice Loving Kindness is based on breathing exercises and using the love and kindness to work in daily life for you and others. These two practices are similar in that they both require concentration and are centered in breathing while practicing them. The difference is in the Subtle Mind practice the breathing is a focal point. In loving kindness you calm your mind once and breath through out the entire session. In the Subtle Mind breathing is the focus and it is what keeps you from the distractions of thoughts, and outside noises. I hope to accomplish both of these completely. The subtle mind practice as with the loving kindness practice have obstacles for me. It will be very difficult for me to let go of the fear of the unknown, but I will practice this hopefully to succeed.
2. Spiritual wellness is vital to mental and physical wellness because you are not fully healthy and your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors will manifest illnesses and diseases in your body and mind without it. Personally I have difficulty with stress, it manifests itself and because I do not a full awareness that spiritual flourishing provides I am not capable of dealing with or being unaware of the stress created for me. I need to practice the abilities to calm, sooth, and find peace within myself to prevent the daily stress from making me ill.