Mindfulness Course Students
“The Mindfulness class had a very positive effect on my relationship with others, as well as myself. From the mindfulness class & practice, I learned to take control of my actions - rather than reacting to the situations I faced, I was choosing how to respond. I also learned to be judgement free of myself.
I learned how to have emotional intelligence; this includes understanding my own emotions as well as other peoples. My most important realization was how to control my emotions rather than letting my emotions control me as I had always previously done during my life. By setting intentions, reminding myself of those, and using affirmations, I was able to stay on top of my ever-wandering mind and my rollercoaster of emotions and take control.
I learned valuable skills such as eliciting the relaxation response. I experienced horrible stress migraines before the course and upon the conclusion of the course, I have not had one for several weeks. My mindfulness practice really influenced my relationship with my boyfriend. Before, I would get irritated over the smallest things and now, he and I have both noticed how much more patient and understanding I have been.
I found myself becoming more patient throughout the course. The things that usually would have triggered an emotional response in me no longer did or not as quickly. I was more calm than usual in stressful situations.
I like the positive results that I have seen from my mindfulness practice so much that I don't ever want to go back to a life without my mindfulness practice.”
Brooke O. (Honor student)
I have learned many things during Mindfulness. When I started this course, I was very stressed, so much that I had gotten ulcers in my stomach and was in treatment for them. I had many emotions inside and I did not know how to express them and was left feeling depressed all the time because I did not know how to express and tell people how I was feeling. I also struggled with sitting down and being still and simply breathing, I was always running around and doing something. However, I look at myself now and I can see how much I have grown since being in this course.
I have learned how to handle stress better. Taking time to stop and breathe in the mornings has really helped me to focus and to handle tasks one at a time. Setting affirmations has also intentionally helped me to reduce my stress and to stop and breathe when I am feeling stressed out. I used to also be in a state of panic due to the stress in my life, and I now realize that I cannot control negative aspects of my life but I can control how I respond to them and can live in freedom since I am not bound to stress.
Setting affirmations in this course have helped me to be kinder to others and to myself. I realized that I was mean to myself and setting affirmations to replace negative thoughts about myself with positive ones have helped me be kind to myself and find genuine happiness.
I have also learned how to express my emotions and that it is okay to be honest with others around me. Halfway through this course, I made a goal to have an honest conversation about how I was doing with someone I love once a week. I have been sticking to this goal and I cannot describe the difference it has made in my life. I feel free and happy, instead of having to bear the weight of everything alone. I cried with someone about my emotions for the first time in my life and as I was crying, I was thankful because a few months ago I would have never been so emotionally free to do that.
I think the most important thing I have learned in this course is how to be kind to myself. I have always struggled with my view of myself and I have avoided mirrors, cameras and would always tell myself that I was not worthy to receive love and affection because of who I was as a person. I would eventually take this out on my friends and be jealous of them. I have realized that I am worthy and that I can be happy with who I am. I have realized that my mental and physical health is worth taking time to work on. I never realized how destructive my thoughts about myself were and how they were hindering me from pursuing genuine happiness. Now, I know that I am worthy of love and I am worthy to pursue genuine happiness.”
Ashley Y. (Honor student)