Turning Momentary Mindfulness into a Lifestyle

I came to college to help expand my knowledge and develop as a person, and I believe this class is helping tremendously in reaching those goals. I really enjoyed reading about mindfulness, it was a very inspiring read. I try to lead a non judgmental lifestyle, but sometimes that falters. The mindfulness reading helped me gain more appreciation of meditation. It also made me aware of the complexities in my lifestyle that effect my overall well-being. I had never meditated before class this week, but I will definitely continue to do it on my own time. Meditating helped me gain peace of mind and engage in the moment. I believe this is an essential tool in cultivating your own happiness. It is so important to learn how to live in the moment and be present. One of the most important things I gathered from this article was that those who crave wealth and power are less inclined to have consideration of the environment. Money is only a problem if you don’t have it, but if you do you can create more problems for the environment. Of course it is a dream of mine, and many others, to be wealthy. However, if that dream was to ever become a reality I would want to invest into charities and organizations that support a sustainable future. The environment is precious and it is important that we take care of it. I think it is rather interesting that we read about being mindful after reading Easter Island. Being mindful goes hand in hand with being non-judgmental, which is important in thinking about wicked problems. It is important because as people, we need to think outside of the box and realize that not everyone has lived the same life. There are so many factors that play into human behavior. Once we can understand these factors, we can create a more feasible solution to these problems. Also, reading about western culture was really intriguing to me. I am fully aware that I am very fortunate to have grown up in the United States with a roof over my head and a financially stable family. After reading the second article though, I was made more aware of how our culture is detrimental to a sustainable future. The growth of consumerism and industrialization is causing the most damage to the country. When reflecting on both of these articles I am more inspired to lead a sustainable lifestyle and to become a mindful consumer.

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