Rosie Andre

I really want to delve deeper into this whole world of mindfulness, yoga, gratitude, meditation and consciousness to see where I am at in a years time. Will my thoughts change, will I change, will I grow, will I mature or will I stay exactly the same. I want to do some challenges, meet new people and go to more events to really broaden my mind and learn more about this very this lifestyle.

So with that being said, here is where I am at with all of these different aspects at this very moment in time. Let's see what happens in a year's time when I reflect back on all of this.

Mindfulness

mind路ful路ness
/藞m墨n(d)f(蓹)ln蓹s/
  1. the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something.
    "their mindfulness of the wider cinematic tradition"
  2. a mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.

I have never really practiced mindfulness but it is something that I want to start getting into, especially during 2020. I have done a little bit of mindful meditation at day breaker but I wouldn't say I am a mindful person. I guess I practice mindfulness during yoga and meditation as I focus on my breathing and sensations. But I have never been mindful on it's own, and to be honest I don't really know if that's a thing.

Yoga

  1. yo路ga
    /藞y艒伞蓹/
    1. a Hindu spiritual and ascetic discipline, a part of which, including breath control, simple meditation, and the adoption of specific bodily postures, is widely practiced for health and relaxation.
      "yoga classes"

At the moment I practice maybe a couple of times a month. I love going to Leilanie's classes but since we have both been busy, I haven't practiced with her in a little while. I am going to a class of hers on Friday and I hope to go to her weekly park yoga classes on Tuesdays when we come back from Cuba.

Other than Leilanie's classes, I used to do yoga all the time at Day Breaker but I haven't done the last couple of events and I don't really know why not as yoga is usually my favourite part of the event.

And I haven't really been to any other yoga studios or done yoga on my own. But it is something that I really want to get into on a more regular basis for 2020. I looked at going to a yoga studio about a 20 min walk north of here, or going to NoBe yoga but never really got round to it. I guess I need to give myself dedicated time to go and practice without feeling any guilt or anything.

Gratitude

grat路i路tude
/藞伞rad蓹藢t(y)o蜑od/
  1. the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.
    "she expressed her gratitude to the committee for their support"

I feel like I am very grateful for where my life is now and everything I have in my life, but I rarely express it. I tell Jeremie that I love him and that I am grateful for everything he does for me, but apart from that I don't really express my gratitude openly about other aspects of my life.

The only time that I think about what I'm grateful for is during yoga, meditation or Day Breaker when we are encouraged to think of something we are grateful for. And when I do think of this, I have a million things that I am very grateful for, so writing these down daily would be easy for me, but maybe it is something I need to do so that I can focus more on what I do have in my life as apposed to what I don't.

Meditation

med路i路ta路tion
/藢med蓹藞t膩SH(蓹)n/
  1. the action or practice of meditating.
    "a life of meditation"
    • a written or spoken discourse expressing considered thoughts on a subject.
      plural noun: meditations
      "his later letters are intense meditations on man's exploitation of his fellows"

Similarly to the other practices I have written about above, I only meditate during Day Breaker. I don't take the time out to sit still with my thoughts. I have seen it work with Jeremie and I am so proud of him for sticking with it everyday for so long. And honestly, I never thought it would be something I would do voluntarily.

Jeremie uses the Headspace App which we sometimes listen to whilst falling to sleep in bed, but the normal sessions I don't really vibe with and I think it's mostly to do with his voice.

I think I need to experience lots of different types of meditation to be able to find one that works for me and what I am looking for.

Consciousness

con路scious路ness
/藞k盲n(t)SH蓹sn蓹s/
  1. the state of being awake and aware of one's surroundings.
    "she failed to regain consciousness and died two days later"
    • the awareness or perception of something by a person.
      plural noun: consciousnesses
      "her acute consciousness of Mike's presence"
      recognition of
    • the fact of awareness by the mind of itself and the world.
      "consciousness emerges from the operations of the brain"

I think I am a conscious being to a certain extent. I am very aware of how I treat people, how I present myself to the world etc. And I used to spend a lot of time being very self conscious, but in terms of being a conscious person, I don't really know what that means. And I think that's a good thing as it means I still have a hell of a lot to learn.

So, that's where I am at now, November 21st 2019. Let's see how my views change and alter after a whole year of going deeper into myself. Learning about all of these practices, taking part in different experiences and hopefully becoming a deeper version of myself.

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