Mindfulness means being aware of the things you are doing, saying, eating, and every other aspect about how you are living. This is something I have been trying to achieve lately, even before the class started, so having to think about it for this class pushes me in ways I know I needed in my life. Mindfulness does not stop at being aware of all that is happening in your life and the world around you, it pushes you to live in a way that is best for the greater good. This practice of mindfulness does not have to be limited to the way you treat the world, but it can help the way you treat yourself. I am sure that we are all tired of feeling disconnected, stuck in routine, and not really advancing towards anything spectacular. Using mindfulness, we can learn to be better to ourselves, which in turn will allow us to be better to those around us and our environment.
During class, we watched Marc Cohen’s talk on the ideas of wellness, mindfulness, and sustainability. When he spoke of Namaste and its meaning, I was excited to hear what else he had to say. He brought up that wellness is the harmony between the internal world, and the external world. Although I understand that harmony will never be perfected, striving towards harmony within myself and outside of myself is something that I truly wish to achieve.
Thankfully, the mindfulness/sustainability reading stated that mindfulness can be trained and enhanced through practice and meditation. Through this practice, I hope to improve my own well-being, as well as my empathy towards sustainability. The only aspect of improving my way of life that gets in the way comes from the reading we did and had a debate on. I brought up a point during the discussion about how hard it is to break a habit, and that is what consumerism is for me, a habit. Since I was raised in a consumer society, it seems so natural for me to continue. Although, the older I become, “stuff” does not appeal to me the way it used to. I hope that as I educate myself more, practice mindfulness, and stay true to my values, I will be able to conquer the habit of consumerism.
Because I have been thinking of better education for myself, for our second activity, I chose to focus on equal education for all, especially when it comes to the earth and its future. I am learning that achieving a goal of equal education for all is by far a wicked problem, but it is one that is worth the trouble of solving. This is something that I came up with through our wildest thing activity. After having to quickly come up with wicked problems and issues we wanted to solve, I realized I did not know as much as I thought I did, and it sparked the idea. I appreciated that activity for that reason for sure, as well as reading the rest of the ideas in the class.
For the longest time, I somewhat agreed with the idea of “if we are all going down, might as well go in first class”. But now, like a lot of things in my life, I’m starting to see past it and understand that my self narrative is so vital for creating a paradigm that I want the world to follow. I have recently thought of what I want my future to look like, and I know now that I want it to look healthier than it is today. I always hoped and wished to have children one day, but the older I get and the more I realize that I am supposed to take care of the world I am living in. Slowly, I am becoming more okay with the idea of not having children, in order to reduce population issues. In a way, this is a heartbreaking thought, but the more I realize that the world does not revolve around me and my wishes, I am at peace. The harder I work on my self narrative, the easier it will be to follow paradigms that help our world. I am looking forward to how my journey with mindfulness will change my future for the better.