2. Did a RAIN exercise just after meditating this morning. I RECOGNIZED that I had a negative thought/emotion about feeling the "sameness" of everything ... an ennui and boredom and sense that existence today is and was going to be insipid and awful. I caught it and ALLOWED it to be without pushing it away while INVESTIGATING it to discover that it wasn't a full-on thought but more of a shading in how my mind was interpreting and framing existence. So, yeah, from my eyes things were looking the same this day and the brain can either scream, "bummer I'm bored!" or, "amazing, life is miraculous!" But the outer world that is amazingly carrying on another day cares nothing about my reaction or thought. It is totally NON-IDENTIFYING with it, and so may I! So grateful to have caught this incredibly subtle micro-emotion AND to have had a technique for processing it so that it wouldn't catch me. This tiny little bit of negativity easily could have taken me into a "bad day" except for finding awareness of it. So grateful to have learned about RAIN years ago and for having been aware enough to apply it this morning -- it's not often I'm able to step back from thoughts and feelings this way.