This past year, after having developed a daily practice, I notice that what used to be a fairly constant issue with lower back pain has changed dramatically for the better. I have gone for months without “putting my back out”.
Mentally, I’ve noticed some improvement. I’ve always been a worrier, and probably always will be. However, I make a point of finding moments of quietude every day, especially Saturdays after chanting sessions. Also, I am trying to improve my listening skills, so at least there is always some intention to hear and understand what is being said where before there was often none. If I notice that I have stopped listening to someone and instead am preparing what I am going to say next, (which means I’m guessing at what the other person is saying or will say), I try to shut that preparation down and get back in the present.