Mindfulness Matters

My major takeaways from this past week’s topics are simply that mindfulness is essential to a healthier and happy life. You and I must be taking just an easy five minutes a day to focus on our minds. Living in the moment. In the article, we read in class, “Mindfulness and Sustainability” it tells us the definition of mindfulness. Being aware, taking note of what is going on within ourselves and outside in the world, without shying away from information or feelings that we do not like or do not wish to be true. After reading this article and while discussing with our class I learned mindfulness seems to increase overall compassion and empathy with might lead to improving our social relations. I then contributed to the class by explaining how mindfulness can lead to less unhappiness by increasing the individual’s ability to be engaged in the present moment. People with a wondering mind often have a very difficult time focusing and meditating leading to some unhappiness. People who are in the “here and now” are often the happiest. 

Another takeaway I have learned from this past week in class was about paradigms. I have never heard this word before so I was excited to learn more about it and to see what my classmates thought about this word. Paradigm is a collective mental mode made up of our values, beliefs, and assumptions. Essentially as professor Armstrong explains it, “It is the lens through which we perceive the world”. It was interesting to hear more about this word and to have it explained to me as I had never heard it before. I like how it was explained in a really easy way to understand and for me to actually know what it means instead of just always wondering what the word meant. 

One thing I have really been enjoying this week has been practicing my mindfulness. I have always loved doing any type of calming method or breathing techniques every once in a while but I have never done in days and days in a row and that has completely changed my view on mindfulness, for the better. For me, I do not think there is a better way to start your day than by meditating and a cup of coffee. Maybe that’s just me. I have enjoyed letting myself live in the moment since being a college student can get stressful and often people forget to focus on themselves.

I have also experienced hot yoga for the first time and let me tell you, it was amazing. I will be recommending this to anyone who has not tried it. Not only are you getting a guided meditation but since it is “hot” yoga, meaning it takes place in a sauna, it truly feels like you are seating out all of the toxins in your body and your mind. It was one of the best experiences I have had with yoga and will defiantly continue this in my weekly routine to help improve my mindfulness even more. 

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