Mindfulness is defined as being conscious or aware of something. When someone refers to mindfulness they could also be referring to a form of meditation or meditative practices. In class this past week we discussed a few ways that mediation is practiced. This could be through actual meditation, through prayer, journaling and even going on walks or runs. Just taking a second to disconnect from the world. Giving your brain a chance to wonder or be completely still is incredibly healthy for your well being.
In this course we have discussed many “wicked” problems that we face with in the world and as many of these problems surpass a simple fix answer shouldn’t stop of us from doing the little things to help make the most of each situation. In other words we should be more mindful of our surroundings as being mindful of our own personal well being.
As mentioned before an excellent way to do this through meditation. Personally meditation takes a lot of effort and sometimes causes me more stress to force myself to sit still and clear my mind. With that I try to take time to sit and let my mind wonder. Wonder is a powerful thing because by the end of it I have thought about everything and sorted through what’s going on in my head and it brings me peace. Sometime wondering with a joyful tune can be relaxing because it allows you to focus on something else and escape reality. So the other day I decided to sit down and journal about the word “wonder” for my meditation and this was my conclusion. When the word “wonder” comes to mind many of us think about being lost in thought, daydreaming. Yet, there is so much more to “wonder” than what meets the eye. Everything that we do in life stems from the idea of wonder, every goal and achievement began by someone wondering how it worked or how it could be. Today, technology is a huge part of our society and with that brings many perks, although, I fear with each generation we are losing the ability to wonder. The ability to be completely entranced by our surroundings because we are so infatuated by a screen completely missing the world around us. This leads me to the question of what is wonder? The dictionary describes wonder as a feeling of surprise mingled with admiration, caused by something beautiful, unexpected, unfamiliar or inexplicable.
Everything we do in life stems from the idea of “wonder.” Every idea, goal, achievement all happened because at some point in time you wondered if it was possible. As children we have a sense of wonder that is so pure and filled with immense infatuation with our surroundings. This comes from everything being so new yet, as we grow older and things become more mundane raw wonder begins to disappear. In phycology class we read a novel “Zen Art of Motorcycle Maintenance” which had some interesting takes on the power of meditation and the effect of wonder in our lives which I found to be an excellent coloration to our discussion in class and perfect for experimenting this week on the power of meditation. The novel Everything we do in life stems from the idea of “wonder.” Every idea, goal, achievement all happened because at some point in time you wondered if it was possible. As children we have a sense of wonder that is so pure and filled with immense infatuation with our surroundings. This comes from everything being so new yet, as we grow older and things become more mundane raw wonder begins to disappear.
There is so much more to wonder. How a person wonders reflects who they are as individuals. Curiosity and wonder fuel the mind and teach us to reach for the untouchable and obtain the unachievable. Wonder engenders the idea that maybe, just maybe, we can create a life better than the one we have been given. As Ronald Reagan said, “There are no greater limits to growth because there are no limits of human intelligence, imagination, and wonder.” Additionally, we see this being true through Thomas Edison and the lightbulb “I didn’t fail. I just found 2,000 ways not to make a lightbulb; I only needed to find one way to make it work.” As time goes on and we continue to evolve into a technology driven society; wonder, dreaming and free thinking are being taken away from us. “The test of the machine is the satisfaction it gives you. There isn’t any other test. If the machine produces tranquility, it’s right. If it disturbs you it’s wrong until either the machine or your mind is changed.” (ZAMM)
Holding onto wonder is an important thing it keeps us connected to the world allowing us to be real and raw. Wonder comes from things that are simple and simulate things that cause us to become completely and incandescently happy. I find myself to be in awe and wonder over the beauty found within sunsets. When anxiety is high or days even when I’m just feeling a little bit more anxious than normal, I look to the sky to find peace. There are a lot of things in the world that are out of my control although I think God places sunsets in the sky as a way to remind me of His constant love, that He’s got me. With that I can sit in silence studying the beauty wondering what God has in store; for me its therapeutic and really calms my anxious moments. All I have to do is gaze at all the shades of reds mixed with blues and yellows with a gentle golden glow. I love how messy they are yet in the midst of the mess so completely perfect. Each one different from the last and so effortlessly beautiful. I love that no matter what day I’ve had sitting and watching the sun drift behind the tress can clear my head and warm my heart, knowing that a new day will come. Putting a smile on my face. I think God placed sunsets there to do just that, to remind us that everything will be ok. That we don’t need to worry about what’s to come we just need to be still within the moment. So, without a fail He paints the sky in a million shades every night.
Wonder is a building block in life as Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Men love to wonder, and that is the seed to science.” When we let our natural curiosity bloom, we are able to see what our mind is capable of. That is the beauty of wonder.
In conclusion to the above journaling I did during my “meditation” more so hour I sat and wondered the last few days this week I have found that I have truly enjoyed the escape. I love that by journaling the process I can utilize it for reflection purposes as well as a way to keep my wondering somewhat on track. I defiantly highly encourage others to take some time to sit down and wonder, meditate, journal anything to give their mind a break or clear their heads. At the end of the day if we are not in the right head space there is no way we can begin to focus on all the problems around us more or less the larger “wicked” problems.