This publication can be found online at http://awareness.media.mit.edu/pub/jasmin-mass68.
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Jasmin’s Awareness Journal
Keeping a journal of my thoughts and experiences while taking Principles of Awareness - MAS.S68 during spring 2016 .
Jasmin Rubinovitz

02/09/16

I’ve started the “Take 10” 10 days meditation program in the Headspace app. The first session was interesting. At some point the guide says - “let your mind go where he wants to go” but how do I know where that is? I do like concentrating on my breath. I do this while practicing yoga as well. I’ve did the meditation practice just before going to bed, and felt very calm afterwards. I hop to try and practice in different times of the day to see if the affect is different. After the 10 day program I would like to try another app (calm.com is next on my list)

02/10/16

I’ve read a nice blog post this week - The Eight-Second Attention Span by Timothy Egan. This made me notice that I’m having hard time concentrating on one thing. Even when this is something I’m very interested in. I found his point about doing slow thing like gardening where you can’t just say “Grow!” (for me it’s ceramic, where you have to be fully concentrated on the spinning wheel, and you have no control over the time it’s going to take for the clay to dry or the kiln to finish the burn) to be very accurate. And I think that if I’ll do more “slow things”, like pottery and meditation, I can be more concentrated on everything I do.

02/19/16

I read a nice paragraph today that made me think of my awareness in a different way:
If you love nature […] Wherever you are, in town, at or near the sea, or in the countryside, there is something new and important happening all the time. Impressions come at you from all directions and affect all your senses: you smell the aroma of the air; you feel the difference in temperature; you hear the birds and insects at work; you see the colorful butterlly. And all these impressions make you fully conscious of the richness of life.
(From the preface of "Light and Color in the Outdoors " by Marcel Minnaert )
I do love nature, so I could really relate to this paragraph.
But I usually only notice those feelings and sensations while traveling, hiking, or during the weekend. Not so much in my day-to-day life when I walk the same way to the lab every day. I would like to try and notice these things more every day when I go out.
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I do love nature, so I could really relate to this paragraph. But I usually only notice those feelings and sensations while traveling, hiking, or during the weekend. Not so much in my day-to-day life when I walk the same way to the lab every day. I would like to try and notice these things more every day when I go out.
I would like to try and notice these things more every day when I go out.
Me too. I think that while it might seem like a distraction, it would probably bring deep happiness if you could be aware of nature throughout the day.
When I see the Dalai Lama, he sometimes looks like he is constantly distracted by little things - like a child - but I think that is a big part of his happiness and his awareness.