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Day 3

I resolved start to share my journey through this challenge today, after don't be able to do day 3 yesterday. I hope that share here will be a good motivation to stay practicing mindfulness everyday.
 

Journaling Prompts:
1. What I want from this 100-day challenge is creat a habit that I know that will help me with my mental health and also to be a better person. And because I know that I am capable to have consistency if I try really hard. 
2. Some obstacles to me practicing everyday could be the procrastination and the noise enviorioment that I live. I have some dificult to find a hour that is more easy to meditate, what turn complicated to create a rotine. 

 

It's that for today.

 

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Hi @Liandra BA,

Thank you for sharing your reflections and I look forward to further sharings from your journey through the mindfulness challenge. Sharing your thoughts here can certainly be a way to increase commitment and personal accountability.

Wishing you well,

Gillian

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Day 4

Today I was with pain and my focus was more dispersed.

Reflection Question:

Was there anything that surprised you on your walk?

Oh, yes. I was walking in my yard and saw a lot of little animals, like a big spider between plants. The souns that I heard surprised me as well, how can have so many animals and life in my yard? Why I never payed atention to that? 

What impact might taking an open awareness approach have on your work?

Well, my job is basically to listen and really understand what the other person is talking about. So I think the open awareness can help me be more aware of non-verbal communication, and at the same time, not get lost in my thoughts.

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Wonderful reflections! Thanks for sharing again. I have had a similar experience with nature, once coming to realize that prior to a few years ago, I never really played close attention to the signs of spring - to buds slowly forming on tree branches, to birds awakening. 

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Day 5

Reflection Question:

Q.) How did the practice of wishing others well impact your interactions?  

I think that it makes me with a better mood and I was more inclined to be more empathetic with the people in my life. 


Q.) Did it shift your mood in any way?  Did it impact the quality of your attention?

Yes, my mood was amazing today. I think I was able to pay more attention to my younger brothers and people that I love.

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Day 6 - The Body Scan

 


Reflection Question:

Q.) What information do you receive when checking in with your body?

I could perceived that my face's muscles was very tense and I felt some pain in my legs. I also felt that my posture was not that straight. Feeling the air temperature was a pleasure sensation tho.

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On 10/12/2021 at 10:21 PM, Liandra BA said:

Day 4

Today I was with pain and my focus was more dispersed.

Reflection Question:

Was there anything that surprised you on your walk?

Oh, yes. I was walking in my yard and saw a lot of little animals, like a big spider between plants. The souns that I heard surprised me as well, how can have so many animals and life in my yard? Why I never payed atention to that? 

What impact might taking an open awareness approach have on your work?

Well, my job is basically to listen and really understand what the other person is talking about. So I think the open awareness can help me be more aware of non-verbal communication, and at the same time, not get lost in my thoughts.

Thanks for sharing.

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