Day 4: We Walk with Mindfulness

“The source of a true smile is an awakened mind. Smiling helps you approach the day with gentleness and understanding.” (Author: Thich Nhat Hanh)

Marga Odahowski teaching MSI students about "mindfulness."

Marga Odahowski teaching happy MSI students about “mindfulness.”

We began our day with a very special mindfulness activity and discussion, led by Marga Odahowski, who is the Director of Studies at UVA’s International Residential College (IRC). Marga led us on a journey of the senses, with mindfulness activities that involved walking, breathing, and eating. Through these activities we became more aware of our own thoughts and sensations.

Such a lovely setting to practice mindfulness in…

Circling around our mindfulness teacher and (hopefully) being aware of our beautiful natural surroundings.

Circling around our mindfulness teacher and (hopefully) being aware of our beautiful natural surroundings.

Earlier in the day, before class even officially began, students in the Agro-Ecology class were being busy bees in the kitchen garden, setting up the research projects that they will be conducting over the next several days!

Check it out for yourself:

Navona tagging the leaves of a potato plant!

Navona tagging the leaves of a potato plant!

Emily tagging some lettuce leaves!

Emily tagging some lettuce leaves!

Brodde transplanting a chive plant!

Brodde transplanting a chive plant!

 

Lot’s more to come about the details of each of these projects tomorrow!!

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