Sustainability and Mindfulness

This past weekend (okay yesterday because we had a 3-day weekend) I was invited to be interviewed for a podcast called This Everyday Life. Big shout out to Stephanie and Gretchen for inviting me! The podcast should be available for your listening pleasure on March 23rd via iTunes, Podbean, and Google Play.

We talked everything internet including this blog, my YouTube channel, and my Instagram. One of the questions I was asked was, “What is sustainable fashion?” Strangely enough, this momentarily threw me because of the magnitude and layers of the question. As one of my first posts dips into, sustainable fashion is/can be many things to many people and I am still figuring out the definition as I interpret it. As the conversation around this question progressed the topic of mindfulness came up. Then it hit me like a ton of tofu; sustainability in fashion begins with mindfulness. (Duh)

Shopping, for me, has filled a variety of voids in my life. The primary void is happiness. When I am bummed about a lesson I taught, or a meeting I had, or if I need a break from academia, I go shopping. Shopping makes me happy. However, the kind of happy I got from shopping was a mindless one. Shopping was the kind of happy I got from watching Netflix until the Are you still watching? pops up. Although mindless happy is necessary at times, making it the norm is not ideal. This is why I needed to change in this arena.

I made this type of change in mindfulness when I went vegan. I had to be mindful about what I was putting into my body and when the great temptation that is cheese came up I had to stop and think about why I made the choices not to eat cheese anymore. Within my classroom I am constantly attempting to teach my students to be more mindful about the work they complete and content we are learning. Mindfulness is the backbone of higher-level thinking (meta cognition anyone?) because it is taking a moment to really process before taking an action. On paper mindfulness sounds awesome and simple, but let’s be real, mindfulness is SO difficult.

So I’m just going to take it one step at a time, and begin with stopping to think.

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