Mindful Design Practice Masterclasses

This week we’ve been working with Kumanga Andrahennadi to gain a taste of how mindfulness could be of use in our lives. I have been practicing meditation since the Xmas holidays and so I was very open to the process and looked forward to learning from Kumanga and my peers, rather than just the apps I have been using.

I usually use meditation to calm a busy mind at the end of the day before I sleep, however this week introduced me to ways that we could all use mindfulness when walking, listening, eating, drinking, whatever we were doing.

Kumanga was working with us as part of her PHD project, with a special interest in the use of water during meditation. Having spent every day immersed in water themed guided meditations, I had a great urge to visit Tentsmuir beach today with my dog. Every Sunday the choice for our big walk is beach, mountain, forest or park. More often than not, I love a forest or a big hill, so a choice of the beach today was a bit of an unusual one for me.

I took the walk as an opportunity to practice what we had learned and took several opportunities along our 4 mile walk to pause and really enjoy the water. It was a crisp, beautiful day, and it felt like months since I had enjoyed blue skies and sunshine.   The dunes were flooded, creating little lochs and islands between the forest and the beach. Here, I liked to focus on the rhythm of the ripples, and I loved the moments when the sun moved to and fro between clouds, changing the intensity of the reflections on the surface. The water was a perfect depth for our border collie to pad around in, and so the way she moved also changed the water.

What a great walk. Through taking the time to really notice these things, almost in the same way as if I was out sketching, I feel I have created a  beautiful memory of one of my favourite places.

New Beginnings…..

I used to be not too bad at keeping a blog. Through 3rd and 4th year of my undergraduate I kept one as a form of online sketchbook. It really helped me pick out the key stages of my process in order for me to reflect after I graduated. I love my old sketchbooks, but my old blog is a really easy way to understand some of the other things that were happening at the time.

I’d really like to challenge myself to reflect more during this blog, rather than just as ¬†repository of research, although it will become that too. Written reflection has been a big part of our course work so far this year. Each report has been a really useful and challenging opportunity to take stock of what has happened, take the good forward and learn from any headaches.

It’s been really nice to see that we are all becoming more open, honest and willing to share our little triumphs or worries with each other within the studio. I think if I take more time to reflect alone, I will get much more out of the tea time blethers.

So… to kick off this new blog, I’d like to share where I have come from.

I was skimming through some old posts and I came across this old one from way back in March 2010, 3rd year Textile Design at DJCAD, when I was just starting out on my big service design adventure.

Sarah Drummond of Snook shared a coffee with myself, Craig Owens (currently studying Design Ethnography at DJCAD) and Valeria Ossio (now a fully fledged service designer) after a lecture she gave as part of our design studies module.

I wonder where we will all be in another 4 years time?

Also…now I see my old mop….I’m wondering if I want to chop all my hair off again?

 

My old blog can be found here …http://explorewondercreate.wordpress.com