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, and any other experience you have during the week where you felt you were mindful. Please use the following template to complete your journals:
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 an experience related to these chapters. 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, and remember to provide some good depth and breadth into your writing as this journal exercise encompasses BOTH chapters.