The practice of stopping and reflecting has to do with paying attention to the beginnings and endings of things • when you first wake up, taking just a minute or two to regroup yourself: what are your plans for the day? what are your aspirations? • a sense of pointing yourself in a direction where your life and your spiritual practice meet • then, at the end of the day, instead of just collapsing, taking a moment to stop and reflect: what happened today? how much was I able to stay true so that my life was enriched by my practice, and my practice was enriched by my life? • having some sense of intelligence about how we spend our time, what we make our priorities • valuing and respecting each day, each challenge, and taking them as our guru • life is our teacher; if we attune ourselves, if we open our ears and our eyes, we can receive those teachings.