Not too long ago, I collaborated with two of my extension colleagues to write a lesson on everyday mindfulness. The lesson and leader’s guide can be found in the K-State Research and Extension online bookstore.
Our journey to present this information comes from the idea that we, as a society, are so very focused on earning a living, acquiring wealth, planning for the future, and the other worries of everyday life.
Leading this charge to write this was my colleague Donna. She and her husband are devout followers of meditation and “Do-In”, also know as “self-Shiatsu”.
Personally, I had been following what the practice of mindfulness meditation was doing for building self-respect and “de-colonizing” thought for people on our Native reservations. I had been following the work of sociologist and professor, Dr. Michael Yellowbird , presently, at North Dakota State University.
To describe the concept behind mindfulness, I will go to our publication. (Here’s the URL for the pdf): https://www.bookstore.ksre.k-state.edu/pubs/MF3424.pdf
- Living in the present moment/awareness of
the present moment — paying close attention
to thoughts, physical sensations, and our
- Observing personal experiences of mindfulness,
being completely focused on a project —
reading a book, doing a hobby, or playing a
sport. This heightened awareness is mindfulness.
- Taking a few deep breaths — becoming fully
aware of the present moment.
- Having nonjudgmental awareness in which each
thought, feeling, and sensation is acknowledged
and accepted in their present state. This steady
and non-reactive attention usually differs from
the way people normally operate in the world.
- Paying attention, precisely, to the present
moment without judgment
This is a good start. I think the idea behind mindfulness and meditation gives us the tools to take better care of ourselves.
Thanks to Donna Krug and Charlotte Olsen for the collaboration on writing this lesson. Enjoy!