Today, on a search to get coffee I walked two miles (there and back, according to the Health app on my phone).
I woke up really early, which I like because the world is quiet and I’m not as pressured to get everything together right away.
I think there’s a lot of pressure to always being doing amazing things when you’re abroad, and to constantly be documenting them. The problem with that is that you’re not really present in the moment.
During orientation, Dr. Davies pointed out the need to practice mindfulness. I like to do that as part of my regular daily routine, but I think it’s especially important to do so when abroad.
We (the BSP students) all have the amazing opportunity to be abroad, but it won’t mean much if we’re not really present during our time here, soaking up all London has to offer. I think social media can hinder our experiences, so I’m going to try and practice mindfulness and be truly present during this trip.
I thought about all of this on the walk to get my coffee.
After all, mornings are for coffee and contemplation.