This past week we discussed mindfulness in class and practiced mindfulness for ourselves. In the past I was very adamant about making sure I took at least 5 minutes a day to meditate and just take my mind elsewhere. That was 5 minutes that I didn’t have to worry about anything. I used the app Headspace and I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to focus more on meditation. Looking back on the class session that we had I never really understood the full definition of mindfulness. I kind of thought of mindfulness as looking at things around me and trying to embrace things rather than looking at what’s inside of me. I guess I thought of mindfulness as a way of taking my mind to a different place to distract myself from what was stressing me out. With everything that has happened this year I have definitely put mindfulness on the back burner. I myself am a visual learner, so with school being online due to a global pandemic and the pandemic itself making sure I have time for all my classes and making sure everything is perfect and trying to juggle one thing after another has been such a big challenge for me because I have been feeling so overwhelmed. During all of this craziness that 2020 has thrown at us I realized I kind of lost myself, and with this mindfulness discussion that we have going on in class I have taken a step back and looked at the kind of person I am and the kind of person I want to be.
During class you were asked to read two different articles. I had the privilege of reading the yes article that advocated for globalization. It was really an interesting topic to write about the fact that the more money that was spent the better the globalization would be. I however did not really necessarily agree with the argument that was presented within the article. I don’t understand why the thought of globalizing the entire world is something to be glorified. I think that manipulating our planet into what society thinks our world should look like is completely unacceptable. I think it is a privilege to be here and that we should not be taking our home for granted. I think that by consistently consuming our world’s resources we are doing A LOT more harm than good. I think this article really helped me step back and realize the bigger picture and the impact we are creating on our country.
This week’s discussion on mindfulness and globalization has really helped me step back and look at our world and myself as a person. I plan to start taking at least 5 minutes to myself every single day to stop running away from the things that stress me out and start embracing them as we should with our world. I think that we should stop trying to change it and start embracing all of the beautiful things it provides to us.