Mindfulness = Sustainability

Mindfulness to me is something that I have always been aware of. Since I was a teenager, my mother was someone who taught me about mindful practices to help me cope with stress. We would spend time during the year and meditate together. I would sometimes meditate by myself just to clear my thoughts and cleanse myself. Mindfulness in this course has given me a different view point of being mindful. After reading the Ericson article about mindfulness and sustainability, I was able to realize that the two correlate. Being mindful increases compassion and empathy, and with an increasing awareness of those, it makes sustainability become increasingly more important. I’ve always been a huge believer in empathy, but I’ve never really been able to dig deep into empathetic sustainability. After only two weeks in this course, I have a new perspective on it. I understand that future generations are completely relying on how we are fixing our problems right now. Sometimes I forget that I am a part of the right now that can make a change to better the future. The use of reusable straws is one of the ways that I am helping to impact the future generations today. Being mindful also helps us to understand that we are a part of such a large picture. In mindful meditation, we learn about how there are so many beautiful parts of our human body that create this phenomenal structure. Likewise, there are so many parts of this beautiful earth that create our phenomenal world. Treating every part of our body as a sacred space should be carried out into our treatment of our environment. Just like Michael Cohen mentioned in his TED talk, it is hard to be happy if we are not well. It is hard for our earth to be happy if we are not educated and focusing on making it well too.  He mentioned as well that we separate ourselves from the universe, which is part of the reasoning for why we are unable to help it. Being mindful with sustainability is becoming aware of how we are a part of this magnificent universe.

The yes/no reading for this week gave me a lot of perspective about our current state of sustainability. I read the yes portion of the argument notes, which I realized I couldn’t quite agree with. While some of the points in the argument like the 1% increase and the globalization used for good seemed like plausible reasons for agreeing, I saw these points as cover ups. In the discussion during class, we all talked about how the small examples used to back up this argument were not strong enough. While one company was able to clean up the environmental mess they made in South America, not every company is able to do the same. We live in a society where advancement and growth far outweigh our thoughts on the environmental future. It is sad to know that corporations make most of their large decisions based off of economic reasons alone. This argument has pushed me into the decision that I would like to write about the fossil fuel wicked problem. This problem stands out to me because it is something every person on this planet is involved with. It has become a political issue instead of an environmental issue. I want to understand why this problem is so wicked and what people are doing currently to find solutions for it.

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