• Annie Byrne

Reflections during COVID-19

I made some lists of reflective thoughts from my journal over the past few weeks. It is interesting to note that while there are many things that I miss, the things I am grateful for and the things that remain unchanged are more plentiful than that which I miss.


Things I miss:

  • My family & friends

  • Swimming and surfing in the ocean

  • The mountain

  • Yoga classes at a studio

  • My therapy chair and seeing clients in person

  • Hugs

  • Walking to work

  • Coming home to my partner after work after not seeing him all day

  • Breaks in the back garden

  • Knowing looks that require no words or explanation

  • Silence which feels comfortable

  • Weekends away


Things I'm grateful for:

  • I have family and friends that I care so deeply about and miss so much

  • Moments of quiet in nature

  • the sound of the birds outside my window

  • sunlight on my skin

  • the smell and feel of cool morning air

  • moments of stillness during the day

  • much more time with my partner and the closeness we have cultivated during this time

  • candlelight

  • my creativity

  • new rituals

  • taking more time to make yummy nourishing food

  • using all the spices in our spice rack and trying new recipes

  • sunrise and sunset coloured clouds

  • connecting with old friends who I haven't caught up with in ages

  • the fact that I am still able to work full time

  • my work enabling me to connect and communicate with people I care about everyday

  • this community and the support you all give me


Things that remain unchanged:

  • mindful mornings

  • self-care

  • my support systems

  • the love I have for my people

  • my living environment

  • the passion I have for my work

  • feeling more myself after time on my yoga mat

  • healing mama nature

  • my values

  • the way music makes me feel

  • my love of learning

  • getting lost in a book

  • my connection with myself


Perhaps you can work through this exercise for yourself and notice if anything surprises you.


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