Due Date: Tuesday, April 27, 2021
Grading: 15% of final course grade
Submission: Submit via this Dropbox link as a Word document (labeled: First Name Last Name, Meditation Assignment). Only submit one file, containing both your essay and your complete daily log.
Meditation “challenges” have become quite popular lately, and we’re jumping on the bandwagon to put our self-help study into action (turning theory into practice). For your meditation challenge, complete a guided meditation session each day for 14 consecutive days (two weeks), using a meditation app or program of your own choosing. You will enhance your mindfulness, self-awareness, and reflection through journaling, spending time to write mindfully about your feelings, thoughts, embodied experiences, behaviors, and responses before and after each meditation session.
For the project, keep a daily log with relevant metadata of sessions (e.g., which session, how long, where, when) along with pre- and post-meditation freewriting (minimum 5 minutes and 15 minutes, respectively).
After you complete the 14 days of meditation, you will write a 5-7 page reflective essay that holistically, honestly, and thoughtfully meditates (pun intended!) on your experiences. The primary “text” for this assignment is your own meditation practice in conversation with the guided program (the “teaching” or “curriculum”). However, you should also incorporate connections to the self-help genre (key terms/conventions) and the class texts we’ve read (with MLA citations, both in-text and Works Cited page). The essay should be well-organized, comprehensive, reflective, as well as thoroughly revised, edited, and proofread.