This week was far more enjoyable for me than the last week because it was a little less depressing than the first week. This week was more focused on solutions rather than the problem which makes for a more upbeat classroom environment. I am not very good at meditating because I tend to be very scatter brained and all over the place. It’s hard for me to sit still and not run with my thoughts but, I like to take the time to at least try and tune in with my body so this week was nice to have that time already worked into my schedule.
That being said, I don’t see the connection between mindfulness and sustainability. The whole point of meditating is to get in tune with yourself and your body. I think it’s used for selfish reasons but, everyone deserves to be selfish when it comes to taking care of yourself. I know that getting in tune with yourself also means getting in tune with your surroundings but, I think that is very limited and definitely not on global terms. All in all, I think saying that getting in tune with yourself can cause you to be more sustainable is possible but, a little bit of a stretch.
As for Thursday’s reading, there were bits and pieces of each reading that I agreed with but, I didn’t agree with either as a whole. For example, I agree that property rights can lead to preservation of land but, I also thing that consumption is a huge part of the sustainability problem we are facing. I think there is a happy medium between the solutions provided in each reading. Some things do need to be institutionalized but others should be left to the mind of each individual.
For the next two weeks, I look forward to diving into solid solutions with solid evidence to back them up. I know that it’s easier said than done because of the circumstances of these wicked problems but, nothing is impossible.