Mindfulness 101: #5igns

By: Josie Bobeck

As a part of EMU’s Campaign to Change Direction, our Bateman team set up a mindfulness session presented by Counseling and Psychological Services. According to mindful.org, “Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.” Being mindful can help with the sign changes in personality because it makes you aware of your surroundings and makes you become intentional of your actions.

During the mindfulness session, we ate a craisin. We observed it, smelled it, and spent a good amount of time ingesting a single morsel of dried fruit. But you know what? Never in my life before that moment would I have ever taken so much time to think about what I was really doing while doing something so simple.

Another exercise we practiced was listening to a piece of instrumental music and focusing our ears on one instrument in particular. Personally, it made me really think about what I was doing. I was focusing on the violin’s notes, the beat of the music, and the overall sound of the violin among the other instruments.

My main takeaway from the mindfulness session was just being more intentional of what I’m doing. What am I looking at while I’m walking? It’s focusing on my favorite part of my favorite song and actually paying attention to it, not just listening to it. It’s being present in the moment and taking it in for what it really is.

A major part of what EMU’s Campaign to Change Direction revolved around was one simple question: what are you hopeful for? The campaign may be over, but take a moment out of your day to think about what you’re hopeful for.

Josie Bobeck is a junior majoring in public relations with a minor in psychology. This is her first semester serving as vice president of member relations. She hopes to one day work in nonprofit PR. Josie enjoys spending time with her two dogs, her cat, and her family. Josie can be reached on Twitter @josephine3laine or via email.





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