I would like to start off by saying that I went into this class as a way to get 3 credit hours and did not expect much out of it. However, this could not be farther from the truth. I gained so much experience from SOH. A lot of the guest speakers we had gave such powerful and insightful lectures with information that I will give my all to continue to use throughout my life. One of the topics that I think I will follow the most is mindfulness. I started out with no knowledge on the subject, and even having not heard the word before. However, as I started to understand it more I began thinking “where was this all of my life?” I have never regarded myself as someone who is an attentive communicator nor someone who is very grounded in focusing on the present. However, after being shown how to practice active listening my friends even started commenting on my change in conversation. Saying that they felt I was really appreciating everything that was coming out of their mouths. I have also been attempting to use metacognition as mentioned in Contemplating mindfulness at work. My mind is usually a jumbled mess with all of the volunteering, school work and social activities I need to keep track of that slowing down and trying to understand and sort through my mind has been helping me stay much more relaxed.
Something else that was extremely helpful and I am sure I will use was the Via survey. When we took the survey for our exercise I realized this is perfect for job interviews. I’ve never known what to say to interviewers when they ask what are your strengths and weakness and now I have the perfect answer.
Another topic that I am currently using daily, and will hopefully continue to use, is meditation. I have had chronic insomnia since high school and unfortunately I am too young for sleep aids because of how addictive they are. So, for years I would struggle to get maybe 3 hours of sleep a night. Someone once recommended meditation to me and I shrugged it off thinking that’s stupid I can meditate. However, after trying it in class a few times I became much better and I have my sleep average up to 6 hours a night which is astounding to me. However, something that I have not been doing very efficiently is focusing on the present. My mind tends to wander far too much to mistakes I have made in the past and possible mistakes I could make in the future. I need to work on letting those things go and learning from them so that I don’t repeat the errors I have made.
I think this picture wraps up everything I have learned very well. When I saw it I actually decided to write a sticky note out myself and keep it on the wall above my desk just to remind myself to slow down and in general be happy.