My Recorded Growth So Far In Healing The Earth!

It has been a couple weeks now since my last review, and that has been enough for an identifiable change in how my mindfulness has been shaped and strengthened. 24 hours is a viable amount of time with endless possibilities, and multiply that by a month and a half amount of days! I have found it easy to find methods of mindfulness, but what I have found that I struggle with most is the consistency of this process. It is easy to do, but to remember and repeat is not, when continuing through everyday life because there are so many distractions and responsibilities to be taken account of. It is said that after about 21 days of repeated action, a habit is formed. I experimented with this idea, but in accordance to the length of time we had in between the first blog post, and the second. 

I began this second process by settling down, making a cup of tea, and deciding what mindful practices that I could incorporate now, and what I could try later once I have grown to learn that foundation. I went with baby steps, rather than jumping into the entire ideal at once. This previous time, I was overwhelmed by trying to remember everything I could do to be mindful. During this current observation, I made a base list of goals, about 10, and began with them. This list consisted of mindful: resource consumption, restfulness, eating habits, disposal location, scholastic studies, scholastic club involvement, purchase habits, family and friend relations, words spoken aloud, and meditation. Setting aside different times of different days, also different lengths of time according to what else I had going on specific days, I began working on these habits everyday. I found that most of them take anywhere from five seconds to an hour depending on the activity, and so the effort level is minimal. The inner battle between taking the easy way or taking the mindful and productive way was the only struggle I had. Being mindful, while important, takes lots of cognitive strength to pursue. I believe that laziness is a form of acting for yourself and neglecting your surroundings, and mindfulness is a form of acting fully present and aware of the environment. With a big list of objectives, it is more intimidating to begin a mindful process. Any positive change to attitude, big or small, creates progress and furthers our society to mindful sustainability. 

A couple of my successful resulting goals were the ones that did not take much time or dedication, but I was still proud of them. The one factor that changed me a lot and I did not think would have as large of an effect as it did was whenever I considered what I was thinking and saying to others while in conversation. A few of my close peers happened to mention the adjustment because they could identify that I sounded overall more educated and aware. One of my other mentioned goals was improved communication with my loved ones, and so this was a two-birds-and-one-stone deal. Taking a moment to consider the conversation not only made it meaningful, but I was actively attempting to fully engage, and this can be confidence-inducing to the other speaker of the conversation. I believe that I am a good writer, but when I speak, that factor is not always portrayed. I find myself stuttering over words or often speaking too fast. This fast-paced thinking also aligned with my patience and taking time to immerse myself in the moment. But, I want people to understand what I am truly trying to portray and what my goals are, and so taking time to consider how to word and concept or how to address an issue is beneficial to both yourself and acquaintances. 

The factors I struggled most with were the time-consuming projects and mindful meditation practice. With such a busy day, my brain is always quite busy, which keeps me off of track when I sit down and attempt to meditate. The repetition of this practice though, greatly improved as I found out what times and feelings were necessary for maximum potential. I found that in the early evening I could focus best, when my day is almost over and I can reflect, and when I am the most awake and restful. This time was determined based on my scholastic studies and involvement at the end times of the day. I have class from early morning until 5 in the afternoon, with small breaks in between, and then clubs and homework to take care of after that. I believe that these are the most important priorities, but being mindful of them is the most difficult. Sometimes I would find myself procrastinating by completing other objectives before in order to avoid them. But, I know that the quicker I complete these important projects, the more time I will have for focused mindful practice and relaxation. Thoroughly doing them with my best efforts on time is the most mindful I can be, so I can participate in other activities.

Healthwise mindfulness was also not very difficult for me to pursue because I highly enjoyed it and am familiar with the process of tracking physical health. I tried for 8-10 hours of sleep every night, because this factor affects performance and attitude to following day responsibilities. I chose the most nutrient abundant plates, making sure that they were disposed of properly in either my stomach or trash or recycling. Material purchases were tracked and budgeted, keeping in mind the impact and whether or not it is of quality. All goods have an origin story, and if something seems too good to be true it most likely is. I physically felt the difference over the next couple of weeks, and felt energetic and satisfied.

I like to try and capture the life span processes of items that come into my possession at some point in time. Looking at something and giving a meaning to it is being mindful of its worth and value to you.  Where did it begin? Where will it inevitably end? What path can I take to ensure that this process is most beneficial to the Earth right now and for future generations? Wicked Problems has been an incredibly beneficial class and I have been able to identify my impact through an education on current sustainability. The weekly readings that we would review and answer questions on were the most informational and were easy to read and ponder. Meditation at the beginning of class helped me understand how I may practice it at home and furthered my ability to adjust to the mindset. I learned the seriousness of the globe’s ecological footprint and how detrimental our future could be if we do not adjust habits now. I plan to carry these actions from here on out because I know that it will not only satisfy me, but make a huge impact in the long run on the state of my being and the world. To future DHM students, I will highly suggest this course because I have created an entirely new lifestyle that is more satisfying and guiltless. Beginning with small changes and working one’s way up can accomplish large reversal effects, especially the more people that join on the environmental aid. The only sure way to fail is to give up completely. As long as one is attempting at success, progress is being made, and we are healing the past mistakes that the world should have addressed years ago.


About loganhowrad

college student
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