I believe mindfulness and sustainability go hand in hand with each other. To be sustainable, you must be mindful. Mindfulness is the act of paying attention to ourselves and what is going on around us. Society has become so blinded by how our actions effect the ecosystems. In the Mindfulness and Sustainability essay, it states that over the past 50 years, humans have changed ecosystems more rapidly than in any comparable period in human history. I find this incredibly fascinating and horrifying. In such a short time, humans have destroyed nature. Therefore, people should be more mindful about how they choose to live their lives.
Meditation can easily improve your mood. Taking a few moments to gather yourself will make all the difference. Once you collect yourself, your mindfulness will also improve. Having a poor mental state can make it harder to consider societal concerns. Having a greater well-being will create a better mindfulness thus creating a more sustainable you! When you are mindful you are being considerate to the world around you. Changing habits, you think are small, can cause a rippling effect with the people around you and may inspire them to act.
Marc Cohen’s TED Talk speaks about the importance of wellness, mindfulness, and sustainability. He explains the science behind wellness. He explains the world effects your balance. Cohen states that lifestyle chronic disease is the leading cause of death of 60% which I think is crazy.
The 11th Hour was an amazing documentary. It brought light to the wicked problems that dictate our world right now. It touched on climate change, biodiversity, and population growth, all are warping the world quickly. While doing Activity 2, I was taken back by how all these wicked problems affect me and how many there is. These past couple of weeks in Wicked Problems has really opened my eyes and has made me more aware.