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Bonnie
Eckard
Professor
ASU School of Film, Dance and Theater

What is mindfulness to you?

For me, mindfulness has everything to do with being present to what is going on one moment at a time.

How do you use mindfulness in your work, research, or practice?

I begin each class I teach with a few minutes of contemplative practice, and I encourage students to create their own personal practice. I teach a course through Barrett Honors College titled Contemplation and Creativity. In this class, we explore how contemplative practice can make a space for creativity.

How has the practice of mindfulness affected your life (personally and professionally)?

I am personally and professionally enriched by mindfulness. My contemplative practice encourages me to respond thoughtfully rather than reacting mindlessly to life's challenges. 

How can mindfulness transform society?

Through compassion and presence, we can change our own experience in the world. Will our mindfulness transform society? If we can become more thoughtful and empathetic, our social sphere will transform. This is the first step in transforming society.

What does the future hold for the practice of mindfulness?

ASU has set a trajectory for the future in its commitment to the Center for Mindfulness, Compassion and Resilience. I see a future where ASU creates a culture of mindfulness for students, faculty and staff. As the ASU community interacts with more compassion within the institution, it is inevitable that these values of mindfulness, compassion and resilience will impact the culture beyond ASU.