Napoli, M. & Peterson, S. (2016). Whole Person Health: Mindful Living Across the Lifespan. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt Publishing Company.
Chapters 3 and 4
Assignment 2: Mindful Awareness Reflection Journal Entry (Chapters 3 and 4)
In writing your journal entries, there are many opportunities to include personal experiences about your daily living. The purpose of this assignment is for you to reflect on any mindful experience you have after reading the chapters for the week, listening to the CD or the meditation video, or any experience you have during the week where you felt you were mindful. For example:
1. Acknowledge (describe the experience just as it is without internal or external filters).
2. Intentional Attention (describe what each of your senses were experiencing during that moment).
3. Accept Without Judgment (write about how you were or were not able to be present in that experience without judging or having expectations)
4. Willing Choose (write about how you responded to your experience; what you learned as a result of this experience and how this experience made you more aware for the future).
5. Mindful Meditation Experience (Mindful Practice) write about your thoughts, feelings, and experiences you had during or after your meditation experience.
Please use the above template to write about any experience you want to. Each of us is different so we will all have unique experiences and interpret the readings/materials in various ways. There is no right or wrong answer with this assignment. It is meant for you to practice learning mindfulness as part of your daily routine. As long as I can tell you are reading the course materials and are somehow relating it to what is happening in your daily life, what you decide to reflect on is up to you. It is your journal for personal growth and reflection! It is also kept private between student and instructor.
Please put forth effort with this assignment. I will be closely reading each and every one of them. One sentence answers really are not going to cut it! Since this is your own personal experience, it should not be difficult to write a short paragraph or at least several sentences for each section of the journal. You actually might find it fun, helpful, and even stress relieving for you to jot down your thoughts and experiences as they come up in your journals. Do not over think it!
Remember to write one journal entry for each chapter.
Discussion 2: Critical Thinking Workbook Discussion
In this activity, you will reflect on the assigned readings and your thoughts, ideas, experiences, as well as what you have learned following the completion of the chapters/activities.
After reading through the assigned chapters in the text, use the Critical Thinking Workbook Template below to reflect upon your thoughts, ideas, experiences, as well as what you have learned following the completion of the chapters/activites.
Your initial post must contain 350 to 500 words.
The most important information/key concepts we need to understand from these chapters are:
How can I use the information in the chapters to help me with my daily mindfulness practice?
In what ways will the material learned in these chapters help me manage my stress more effectively?
What are your thoughts and feedback regarding the information and activities for each chapter?
Note. See the Assignment/Discussion Rubric section (left navigation menu) for the full grading criteria.