Lunchtime Poll

Lunchtime Poll: Zen Mode

Part of the core requirements in my graduate program is to take an advanced mediation class which focuses primarily on, mindfulness. I kid you not, it’s like the perfect program for hippies-turned-academics or academic hippies, like myself.

A requirement for the entire term is to practice at least one type of mindfulness activity once a day. Practicing mindfulness is simply the method of being aware of the present moment. It can be as simple as just noticing when you’re brushing your teeth. Or that you’re wearing a watch. Or which arm that watch is on. Mindfulness practice can last a few minutes or you can do a full hour of meditation. All that matters is that you’re aware of what is happening at that moment.

At first, I was skeptical of the whole idea of mindfulness, especially combined with the rigor of a graduate program. But after some meditation and reflection, I realized that in order to be an interpersonal mediator or even a professional one, there is a need for an awareness of one’s emotions during the heated moments of conflict.

The mindfulness practice I’ve committed to this term has been to write a brief reflection in my journal every day. I was already committed to this activity before the start of the class, but now I’m writing about my awareness levels during that moment of writing. It’s been a therapeutic experience so far!

How do you practice mindfulness? If you don’t, what type of method would you consider trying?

By Luann

Feminist, Pinay, coffee lover, boba aficionado and pop culture enthusiast. Current graduate student in Peace and Conflict Studies. Dwelling in the rainy city of Portland, Oregon but always California dreaming. You can also read more of her articles at

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