Reflecting on life in April
This is my first post for the chronic voice linkup being new to the world of blogging. I’m so excited to write my first linkup that is more focused on my journey. This linkup comes at a time when a lot of us are struggling with isolation, worry, and fear. I’ve spent a lot of time in the last few weeks in quiet reflection. I believe there is a lot to learn from sitting in mediation and spending time reflecting.
This month I find myself returning to my body more than ever, being on the breathwork mindfulness for health course could not have come at a more crucial time. I’m finding sanctuary in my body and longing to be in the quite, my body relaxed into the ground beneath me. Returning to my body I find a sense of contentment that nothing else can fill.
Understanding others has been at the forefront of my mind these last few weeks. Being in a house surrounded by family is a time when a lot of arguments and unkind words begin to surface, it’s completely normal as all of us deal with crisis differently. I’ve tried to walk in other’s shoes at this time to understand their ways of coping with difficult times. It can feel relieving to bring this sense of compassion within and understand others rather than judging. Understanding has allowed space for myself to feel calmer and more at ease.
I would not have imagined that distancing could bring me closer to others. I find myself wanting to reach out more to my family members and friends even strangers or those I speak to infrequently. All of a sudden the one thing we take for granted most is being able to see others, a lot of us are always so busy we forget to stop and give time to these people. For me, distancing has opened my heart to never take being with others for granted. I find my daily gratitude practice shifting to those moments with others.
Celebrating the small wins is one of my visions for this year and a value I wish to take into the future, so even though I see big wins this month, I’m celebrating my completion of breathworks mindfulness for health course and my acceptance on to a teacher training program! I’m celebrating finding my purpose through the illnesses, challenges, and painful moments. I like to emphasize that those big wins are less often and just this week getting through a day of extreme pain and fatigue was a small but mighty win.