as I write this Britain is clinging onto summer and while I’m hopeful for a few more days of sun, it is safe to say autumn is on its way. And as I head further into my yearlong project I am becoming increasingly reflective – which, this month, was in fact the goal. I wanted to consider my more spiritual side with the following resolutions:
1. Meditate more often
I certainly didn’t meditate as much as I wanted to this month, but I did try to use mindful techniques when I felt stressed or overwhelmed (I found it calming to focus on my breathing with my hands on my stomach, noting the movements). I recently re-installed a mindful meditation app and am planning to kick-start a daily practice this month to make up for a distinct lack of meditating in August!
2. Make some keepsakes
This month I added to a scrap book I started when I first met my partner. Pictures and scribbled annotations record our relationship highlights and already serves as a wonderful keepsake.
3. Learn more about the spiritual side of yoga
I have recently signed up to an online resource for yoga where I can partake in classes and read up on the spiritual side of yoga. I have read a few articles and have so far found it fascinating. I’ll continue to read these articles alongside my practice as I feel it really enhances my experience.
4. Figure out where I want to be in 10 years
This is something I’ve naturally begun to realise the last few years as the bigger things begin to fall into place (career, relationship, living arrangements etc.), however giving it some real thought felt rejuvenating. I have written down a few hopes for myself in 10 years with total awareness that life may well have other plans. It’s nice to have a picture of what you want your life to look like in the background though – it gives you something to aim towards.
Goals for September
For September I am following the Happiness Project book with the writer’s resolution of ‘pursue a passion’. A big passion of mine is writing, however I have decided to steer away from this as I am lucky enough to do it full-time at work. Instead, I want to explore my other passions:
- do yoga more regularly
- take more photographs
- read some fiction
- discover some new music.
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