Mindfulness is a term that I have quickly learned to incorporate into my everyday thoughts as it has been a technique that I have made myself more aware of. During our last class before leaving for Chile, there was a presentation given on mindfulness and what that really means. I walked away from this class feeling more ready than ever to take on this adventure and really ready to put aside my anxieties that came with everything that is happening. The fact that I leave in 48 hours does not seem real to me. There are so many emotions that are all hitting me at once, but because I am trying to be mindful in my thoughts, I am only trying to focus on the positive emotions. When in Chile, I will make sure I am bringing awareness to what I am directly experiencing. This includes my senses, my state of mind, my thoughts, and my emotions. When I am feeling anxious or overwhelmed due to the busy traffic on the metro or not knowing where I am, I will take a second and practice some deep breathing to calm my thoughts and be mindful of what is going on around me. I am so excited and a little bit nervous to meet my host family. I will be living with a couple who live in a beautiful area of Chile and yes, I google mapped their address to see it! These are the people who essentially will become my family while away in another country. While the hours of me being in the United States wind down, I am finishing up last minuet lesson plans, making sure I packed everything that I need without over packing ( impossible for me to do), and just preparing myself for an adventure of a lifetime :) Knowing that next time I blog, I will be in Chile makes me feel emotions that I cannot put into words. I am so ready to see the world and better myself as a teacher by learning from others around me.
*Mindfulness is observing the present moment as is and being kind to your wondering mind. It is making sure that you remove the negativity and breath in the positive.