This past week has taught me a lot about mindfulness intertwining with sustainability and how the paradigms of life are involved. Honestly, I wasn’t even familiar with the word paradigm when it was introduced in class, but I soon realized I did know what it meant, I just used much simpler terms that mean the same thing as perception, beliefs, and understandings. Basically it’s the lens in which we perceive the world. In trying to define ourselves in nature and our daily lifestyle, we are normally unaware of how our basic every day needs are presented to us by mother nature without cost. Due to this, we are often unaware of our surroundings and often forget another important aspect, our minds. Practicing mindfulness behavior and thinking isn’t only focusing on meditation or relaxation but also on becoming aware of what is happening around us. To become aware of what’s happening in the mind is one of the intentions brought upon my mindful thinking aside from its connection to sustainability. As we get deeper into our thoughts, we begin thinking about how we affect the environment through day to day processes. As we discussed in class, the benefits of mindfulness pushes our engagement in eco-friendly practices and puts us present and in the moment. It increases compassion and empathy in our values and how we live our day to day lives. According to the article of mindfulness and sustainability, research shows that mindfulness has positive effects in the awareness toward our “true” values. If our needs are not met within ourselves, our priority to keep the environment safe and clean becomes a sort of luxury problem in our minds whether we admit it or not. I can say that I am guilty of this at times but I try really hard to always keep in mind little thing I do that could help make our biosphere a little better. In the other passage over globalization we read, it spoke of two main goals that were very important in sustainable development which stood out to be. The first, is to “restore environmental degradation and natural resources deterioration by learning within the carrying capacity of supporting ecosystems.” Secondly, is “to redistribute poverty through economic and social development.” I found these to be alarmingly true because as a society we must be the ones to take the initiative towards sustainability and the earth’s balance. Globalization is a wicked problem itself because it contributes to culture, status, and poverty. As sad as it makes me feel to think that for there to be balance economically, poverty must exist. Personally I hope for a better tomorrow where poverty in the United States no longer exists.