Mindfulness: What does it mean and why is is important?

We’re almost back into the swing of things at Uni, classes are about to start and as of next week all of the new and returning students will be flooding onto the campus grounds – excited to get back into their respective degrees.

We had our mentor training session today – where we went over all the do’s and don’ts of supporting the new students. The thing that stood out the most for me was the little chat that we had about mindfulness. I found it really encouraging to see that such a simple concept was being embraced on such a grand scale; and as a result I was inspired to write this blog post.

What is it?

In a nutshell mindfulness is;

  • The quality or state of being conscious or aware of something (Google Definition)

 

  • “The unfailing master key for knowing the mind and is thus the starting point; the perfect tool for shaping the mind, and is thus the focal point; and the lofty manifestation of the achieved freedom of the mind, and is thus the cumulating point” (Nyanaponika Thera – Buddhist scholar and monk)1

 

  • A deceptively simple way of relating to experience, has long been used to lessen the sting of life’s difficulties, especially those that are self imposed (from the text Mindfulness and Psychotherapy)2

 

Three very different definitions, collected from three very different sources, but essentially all saying the same thing. Need a bit more? Below I’ve embedded a nifty little you-tube clip  (Language Warning!!!) that sums up the entire concept of Mindfulness in under 3 minutes 🙂

 

Why is it important?

Mindfulness is important because it allows us to examine the inner workings of our own mind and recognise when we might be overthinking, exaggerating, losing self-control or procrastinating.  By looking down on our actions and their consequences, as if through a lens, we are able to be objective and instead of acting on impulse – as we most commonly do – we are able to pick our actions based on whichever path we deem to be the wisest.

For example; imagine that you have a group assignment due on Monday, everyone has contributed except for one member of the group who has done the bare minimum the entire time and has now failed to submit their final draft.  Now everyone would react differently in this situation – personally my instinctive reaction would be anger and annoyance and I could be tempted to send off a nasty email or two. But a mindful person would rise above this primal urge and instead examine the situation objectively. Sure writing that nasty email would give me a chance to vent and temporarily make me feel better BUT it probably won’t encourage that last group member to submit their work, and could even make things worse. A mindful person would recognise that maybe there are circumstances beyond the other individuals control that they haven’t shared with the group at large, and that perhaps help and support should have been offered by the remaining group members earlier to ensure that each group member had an equitable (yet fair) workload.

This final clip is one of my all time favourites – it’s simple, short, to the point – and I think (for some of you) it will do a much better job than me at explaining why mindfulness is essential for human happiness.

This is just an example – and by no means am I suggesting that to be mindful you have to let people walk all over you and do the bare minimum. Rather it is the way we deal with these situations, through wise decision making and not raw emotion, that makes us mindful, empowered individuals.

Final Note:

I hope you enjoyed this post. A few people noticed that I took a little break from the internet over the christmas period but I’m back now and I’m planning (hoping) to upload at least one post a week this year. So stay tuned 🙂 Exciting things to come !!

Namaste xx

 

References

  1. Kabat-Zinn, J. (2015). mindfulness.Mindfulness, 6(6), 1481-1483. DOI: 10.1007/s12671-015-0456-x
  1. Germer, C. K., Siegel, R. D., Fulton, P. R., & ProQuest (Firm). (2013). Mindfulness and psychotherapy (2nd ed.). New York: Guilford Press.

Goal Tracker

Hello hello hello!!!

It has been sooo long since I last posted 😦

I just finished my exams at university and I’m in the process of finalising all of my notes so that I can upload them for everyone 🙂

 

However I took a little time out today to make up this Goal Tracker… I’ve seen a few similar designs floating around and it seemed like an awesome way to keep track of all the little day to day things we tend to forget … so I jumped on and designed my own 🙂

Also, I re-did the decor for my blog :/ I hope you guys like it !! I was trying to make it less girly-girl!!

Anyways… enjoy 🙂 xx

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Gauss’s Law

Good Afternoon lovelies ❤ ❤ ❤

This summary covers Gauss’s Law. I included a lot of examples for the different application of Gauss’s Law so hopefully that should make solving these sorts of problems a lot easier 🙂 Enjoy!

Gauss's Law

Pdf version: Gauss’s Law

One Dimension Motion

Hello lovely humans 🙂

So despite the crazy cyclonic weather we are having in North Queensland at the moment I still managed to pump out this summary. It is the biggest one I’ve had to do to date and the topics covered are definitely icky .. so if you’re having any dramas or if you need clarification leave me a line in the comments and I’ll see what I can do 🙂

Enjoy ❤ ❤ ❤

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Pdf version : One Dimensional Motion

What’s your Study Style

So… more than once I have gotten stuck during a marathon study session. By stuck I mean that I would have been sitting there reading over notes, or doing practice questions and nothing is being absorbed by my brain.

This is because I wasn’t study the right way for me! Turns out that I’m a very tactile learner… I need to be physically doing something (manually solving problems or pacing while I read my notes) otherwise the darn information just doesn’t sink in.

To help save other students some valuable study time I designed this little flow diagram as a means of helping others work out exactly what their study style might be.

This is by no means an exact diagram… it is designed to be an approximation and to help students start to think seriously about how they are spending their study time.  hope it helps you as much as it helped me 🙂 Good Luck! Happy Studying ❤ ❤ ❤

What's Your study style

Newton’s Laws of Motion

Hello hello hello 🙂

Today’s focus is Sir Isaac Newton… the closest thing the physics world has to a rockstar ❤ I’ve included a summary of Newton’s Laws below and just for fun here are my top 3 fun facts about this telescope-inventing, apple-catching genius.

  1. Sir Isaacs mum wanted him to be a farmer but he rejected this career path and even failed his ‘farming exams’
  2. He owned more books on historical subjects than on science
  3. He actually had a Law Degree and was even elected as a member for Parliament for the university in 1700 – but he only held this post for a year.

Bonus Fact: Newton was known for having a massive set of cranky pants that he was constantly causing drama. He had two nervous breakdowns and after his mum died in 1678 he went into a state of withdrawal – basically locking himself away – and only communicating with the briefest of notes.

Okey dokey so here you go… a brief summary of Newton’s Laws. I included some revisionary material in this summary (dot product, conservation of mechanical energy etc.) but hopefully I should have full summary sheets done up for these topics soon.

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And here’s the pdf version 🙂 Newton’s Laws of Motion 

If there’s anything you don’t understand or if you would like a simpler summary uploaded (I know this one is pretty maths heavy) drop me a line in the comments 🙂

Happy studying ❤ ❤ ❤

 

Trig and Hyperbolic Functions: Summary Sheets

Good Morning all of you fabulous maths fanatics:)

So this past week I have had bulk assessment due.. so I’m a little bit behind on my summaries 😦

However I did find time to do up a few pages of the basic trigonometric and hyperbolic identities (+ a couple of graphs) that I found myself having to look up over and over.

Have attached the links below ❤ ENJOY 🙂

Trigonometric identities

Hyperbolic identities