During last week’s class we talked about what it means to be mindful and how to incorporate that into our daily lives. If we use it in our daily life we are not only helping ourselves, but we can use it towards sustainable practices to help the world around us. I am one of those people that never really understood meditating and I could never grasp the concept of it so I am glad that we learned about it and discussed it in class. There are so many benefits to it that I realized I could use in my life including having a healthier mindset, relieving stress and anxiety, and even be physically healthier. We also talked about understanding what paradigms are and if globalization is helping or hurting our natural environment. I think the biggest takeaway I got from last week is we need to be able to take care of ourselves if we want to take care of the world around us. We are so focused on wanting material things, social media, school, work, etc., that we often forget what is actually important. Things such as our mental health and sustaining the environment we have.
I contributed to the learning community by mentioning that mindfulness meditation is something that can be done during our everyday life. You don’t have to be sitting on a cushion with your hands up to do it. You could be outside and just take a minute to notice all of the beautiful things around you through sight, smell, touch, etc. For our activity about globalization, it was quite hard for me to get through the article. I had to reread a few things and really try to understand what the author was trying to say. It wasn’t until after having the discussion in class with the professor and our learning communities that I really understood what was be said. It was really helpful to be able to talk it out with our group and hear everyone’s thoughts and opinions. I was on the “yes” side but I didn’t exactly agree with everything the author was talking about, which was that globalization is good for the environment. I contributed by giving my opinion that some of the things I agreed with, such as we need a free market to keep things at a low cost, and giving my opinion on some of the things I did not agree on.
I had a pretty rough week this past week so having this assignment was good timing I would say. For my mindfulness practice I would either sit upright and get comfortable on my bed or I would go outside and sit for about 5-10 minutes. It has been a hectic week so being able to sit still was tremendously helpful. I was able to clear my mind and to not stress over the little things going on. One thing I would say I got from this is that I need to start putting myself first sometimes even if it’s just for a few minutes.