One important form of mindfulness is reflecting on our performances. What am I doing? Why am I doing this? How am i doing this? How well am I doing this? How will this affect others? What are the likely outcomes of what I am doing? How can I do this more effectively next time?
In every course that I teach, I ask students to be mindful of their learning. I ask them to keep portfolios in which they make the following case: 1. In light of the learning outcomes for this course, here is what I have learned. 2. Here is evidence to demonstrate that I have learned what I claim to have learned. 3. This is why I think that my evidence is compelling. 4. Here is how I plan to use this learning elsewhere in life--in the academic, professional, civic, and personal arenas.
I have published books and articles about reflecting on learning. In my personal life, my wife and I have written more than 16,000 pages of daily journal entries in which we reflect on the activities of our family.
If everyone woke up every day and asked, "How can I make the world better today?" that could have an enormous impact on life on Earth. And at the end of each day, we can ask, "How did I make the world better today--even in some small way?
The growing use of ePortfolios at ASU is promising. I am optimistic that Sun Devils will become increasing mindful.