When I first enrolled in this class all my friends that have already taken the class told me “it’s so much fun you meditate in class and sit in bean bags”. I thought to myself hmmm that is weird, how does mediation correlate to what we need to learn? Well, this week opened all the doors and helped me become a better me so we all can become a better we. We talked about mindfulness and how it is becoming more aware and taking note of the things within ourselves and outside in the world. Truly being in the moment without being judgmental. We finally got to meditate in class because this is one example of a way to be mindful and truly connect with your emotions, inner thoughts, and body. The experience was amazing listening to the voice and getting carried away in oneself is truly peaceful and rejuvenating. I find myself in other classes sitting up straight closing my eyes taking deep breathes and just emerging myself to a state of mind that calms all my anxiety and stress. Marc Cohen talked about how you need two positives thoughts to make up for that one negative thought weighing you down. If not, your mental health is off balance. This really stuck with me because sometimes I harp on the one negative so much that it really does throw off my balance and makes it hard to bounce back from it. He kept talking about the vortex and how we have ill health at the bottom, average in the middle and exponential at the top. In the center of the vortex is your namaste point this is your center where you come back to your collected thoughts, emotions, and self and just redistribute the weight and balance it all out.  

Mindfulness not only makes you feel good, but it has also been correlated with enhancing sustainable practices. Therefore, I have chosen textile waste in America as my topic for my activity 2. I believe that this is a big problem and as a society we like to over consume and are always wanting the new upgraded version of what we already have. I want to help change the mindset and close the loop to this problem because it just doesn’t sit right with me. I found some articles about turning textiles waste into thermal energy for houses. Road mapping really helped me narrow down my process and breaking it up into sections made it easier to understand and not so overwhelming. We need to stop thinking like the “Titanic syndrome” and start to make paradigm shifts and start influencing change and encourage mindfulness in all aspects of our lives. First, we need to evaluate our self-narrative and ask ourselves what prompted us to change? What was the turning point? After I tried meditation I saw the positive effects it had on my mental health and not I try and do it daily for my well-being.  We are what we repeatedly do!  

This moves us into the no and yes reading and although I was on the yes side. But I agree with the no side more because I do think that we over consume goods and people aren’t informed and they will continue to go about their daily lives until something extreme happens and they decide to make a change. After talking about this reading this is what made me decide to choose textile waste as my problem. The yes side I thought was interesting because it talked about how globalization is a good thing because it will help the countries that don’t have what we have implemented ways to be more sustainable and to not pollute and conserve our natural resources. It was interesting doing the wildest thing activity and seeing what other groups came up with and the ideas they came up with and how they applied their mindfulness into the activity. We all are growing through meditation and practicing mindfulness. I believe if you practice mindfulness for just five minutes of the day it will change your life completely just like it has mine. Or immerse yourself to your surrounding watch the squirrels on campus, enjoy your walk to class and watch the wind blow the trees, and be in the moment!! Namaste 🙂

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