My educational link to mindful living can be described as encouraging. One night I was sitting at home trying to read one of my text books. The information was dry and boring. I found myself running over the words, moving through the paragraphs, but nothing was actually sinking into my brain. A few times I read paragraphs repeatedly, but then realized that I was not really reading the meanings or letting it sink into my brain. I was wasting precious time. I had a lot on my mind. I was thinking about how I had so much stuff to do, but I had convinced myself that I had to do my homework first. After frustration set in I decided to take a short break. I sat in a quiet area in my house and performed a 10 minute meditation exercise practicing shecontaza. Through that meditation practice, I was able to let go of all of my anxiety. I convinced myself that I could get to all the things I needed to do, if I got through the homework first. And it was possible to get it all done like I wanted to. I immediately picked up my book and started to read the chapter again. This time, I did not have wandering thoughts in my head. I was able to read the words, and really read them. I was no longer looking at the words with my eyes and not my mind. I was connecting them together. My mind was focused on the information my eyes were feeding it. This was a very momentous occasion for me, because I take my schooling very serious and try hard to get good grades while really retaining the information.
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