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January 31st, 2019 (6:30 PM)

Post 1- Choosing your technique: I recently decided to incorporate coloring into my daily life as my mindfulness activity. Coloring was the technique I chose because it is something I can do anywhere and I enjoy doing it. My initial knowledge of coloring is that it relaxes me and allows me to create images the way that I want them to look; I can choose any combination of hues that I want and make a drawing special to me. This technique used to be a part of my daily life, but I stopped awhile ago because school and work take up most of my time. I think that by including this daily again, it will help me better understand mindfulness and see how one small thing can impact my life.

February 2nd, 2019 (3:00 AM)

Post 2- Your first experience with your technique: As a reminder, the mindfulness technique I recently chose to include in my life and keep a blog on it was coloring. Since this has been an activity I have done in the past, it was not new for me to try this. However, this time around, I am not just coloring for fun; I am now coloring to help my mind be able to focus better and I am beginning to see results. My first experience with coloring (this time around) was pretty awesome. It was fun to be able to take an image of a mandala and put my own personal twist on it. I colored the mandala for about an hour to an hour and a half. I was really focusing on staying in between the lines and tuning in to how I felt during the session. During the session, I felt relatively calm and my mind was at ease, unless I went outside of the lines. The remainder of my day consisted of finishing homework from other classes and I found myself completing the assignments quickly and precisely.

February 4th, 2019 (9:00 PM)

Part 3- Sticking with it: Some difficulties I have experienced with incorporating coloring into my schedule is that it can take up a lot of my time that I need to complete assignments. I try to spend at least an hour to an hour and a half on this practice since it is a mindfulness technique, which does take away from my time to do other activities I do on a daily basis. I think that the mindfulness practice that I chose was ultimately the best one I could have picked; the only other activity that interested me was movement, but I already go to the gym multiple times a week and would not really be changing anything. The point of this exercise was to incorporate something new to your routine, which is why coloring was the best activity for me.

February 6th, 2019 (5:35 PM)

Part 4- What happens next?: Coloring every day for almost the past 2 weeks has affected my life in a positive way. I have found myself more focused and relaxed recently; I have not changed anything in my daily routine other than coloring for at least half an hour, so I can see that this technique is the reason why I feel better. When this mindfulness practice is over, I see myself continuing to make time to color each day. Another activity I will try is movement; by practicing two mindfulness practices at once, I should be in a completely relaxed/focused mindset. The pros of this exercise include: better focus, less time spent on technology, and less stress overall. The only con I experienced during this time frame was that coloring did take up some of my time for schoolwork, but it turned out to help me become better at time management.

Reflection

February 7th, 2019 (5:00 PM)

The readings and content in this mindful course have overall impacted my life in a very positive way. Before beginning this course two weeks ago, the only other time I had even heard of mindfulness was from our professor, Reg. Reg briefly introduced my class and I to mindfulness, but this Citizen21 assignment helped me understand what mindfulness truly is as well as practice it daily. Incorporating a new technique into my daily routine was difficult at first because of the time it took up, but in the end it was all worth it.

I used to perceive mindfulness as something that would only work for people who are spiritual or who meditate often. After beginning to incorporate coloring as a mindfulness technique into my daily life, I could see that anyone can relax their brain even with such a simple activity. I spent anywhere from 60-90 minutes per day coloring mandalas and afterwards, my mind would feel relaxed/ready to focus. This was a new feeling for me, especially since it is that time in the semester where assignments are coming from every single class and a lot of stress is in the air. It was interesting to see how something so easy to do can have a drastic impact on one’s brain.

My perceptions on mindfulness have changed completely after finishing this course because now I see that it works, it is real, and it is beneficial. Overall, my mind was in a better state to focus/learn; I would understand things better and truly comprehend was I was reading or listening to. This not only was beneficial to my personal life, but my academic life as well because I began completing more assignments correctly, quicker. I would no longer be distracted by anything after completing my coloring activity every day. Sometimes I did it before a class just to see if my engagement would change and it did, for the better. Incorporating a mindfulness technique into my daily has changed my life in two weeks and I plan to continue it for an extended period of time.