For a long time, I thought mindfulness was trying to squeeze the most out of each experience.

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It was somewhere around 5 years ago that I first became deeply interested in the power of mindfulness. I was midway through high school and my life was not where I wanted it to be. Somehow, I managed to stumble upon self-help articles and I discovered the process of meditation.

For the following few months, I would practice meditation 3 to 4 times a week. It was the first time, I became consciously aware of many of the thoughts I was carrying throughout my day and it allowed me to be much happier.

These months led me to develop a deep curiosity about what was possible. I tried to create new opportunities and make improvements in my life. I owe so much to the advancements I made during this time, but I realize I developed a few misconceptions as well. One of the misconceptions I have started to understand over the past year is my desire to somehow make experiences more than they are. …


Boundaries are a beautiful thing.

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As a child, boundaries are the fences parents use to keep you under control. As a result, many kids learn to dream of a world without boundaries. One where anything is possible, no dream is too small, and the world will find a way to mend itself to your desires and ideals.

The optimism that emerges has the power to be both a blessing and a curse. I have found myself on both sides of this equation. I am lucky to have control over my education and lifestyle choices, but I often find myself paralyzed by the possibilities.

In a world where we do not set limitations for ourselves, how do we make decisions? Choosing between three options is fairly simple, but allowing yourself to consider another 30 options is often a one-way ticket to nowhere. A life without boundaries would be a nightmare in terms of decision-making. …


Some people light up your life, others hold it together.

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I firmly believe the people in our lives are as important as the ideas we hold, the actions we take, and the future we seek. Without the right people, it is easy for a life to flounder under the best of intentions. To make the most out of your relationships, you need your own collection of fireworks and rocks.

Fireworks Provide the Fuel for Life

The fireworks are the artists of possibilities. They show you the amazing moments that should not go unnoticed in a well-lived life. Fireworks can make you laugh until there are tears falling from your eyes. They might set up parties, invite you to concerts, or draw you the most beautiful picture. …


The power of simply being content.

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Life is crazy! There is so much going on. I’ll be praising the happiness I feel in one moment and five minutes later, I’ll find myself sinking into a sad rut. Within an hour, I can easily go through three to four different emotions. Each of them feels just as real and endless as the last.

Emotions are possibly the scariest force within this world. Nothing is as persuasive as your emotions. When things are going well, your emotions let you know how great you feel. You give yourself pats on the back and feel like you could do anything. Once life starts to get difficult, your emotions will make you feel like you’re trapped there. They will try to convince you that you won’t experience fun or joy again. …


The person you are is formed by what you do when nobody is around.

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It’s often said that good character is displayed when we do good things with nobody around. I couldn’t agree more with this saying, but I think we can go even further than this.

Usually, we say good character is shown by doing good things when nobody is around because it means you’re not doing it to increase your standing in someone else’s eyes. You’re being kind simply because you believe it is the right thing to do.

The question I would ask is: what if you’re kindness or lack of kindness in these moments were to become a self-fulfilling prophecy? …


Sometimes, the people that provide us the biggest challenges also teach us the most.

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In life, it’s often the people that challenge you the most that teach you the most about yourself and the world. In my 2 years of college, I have had many different professors but there is one that sticks out as the most difficult.

It was my first semester of college. I was just getting my feet wet in college life and one of my courses for the semester was an introductory composition class. I was never the best writer in high school, but I expected the class to be fairly easy. After all, it was just writing. Not advanced math or sciences. Not something that should be hard to understand. …


Appreciate the other species you cross paths with.

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A few weeks ago, most students from my school got sent home for the rest of the semester. As an RA, I am one of the few that still remains.

Living on a relatively empty campus has brought about many changes. The school consolidated buildings, meaning many of us had to move. Dining also moved buildings for the third time this semester. We also have weekly testing to prevent another spike from occurring.

Out of all that has happened, there has been one bright spot that I have enjoyed personally. …


It is simple, yet surprisingly difficult.

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For most of us, life is filled with goals, dreams, and desires. There are many things we want to experience and create. We may also have objects we hope to purchase and awards we hope to receive. These are all natural wants and there is nothing wrong with them, but can we find a goal that covers all the other goals? This goal will likely be different for everyone and may change over time, but it is good to know the general direction you want to head. That way you can course-correct if you need to.

At this moment, I find myself gravitating toward a phrase from Tom Bilyeu of Impact Theory. He would champion the importance of “feeling good about yourself when you’re by yourself”. This feels like the goal that trumps all others to me. If I don’t feel good about myself without the praise of others or the need to attain something new, I am failing. True success is being perfectly happy with who I am in the moments when I’m sitting in thought or reading a book. …


This moment is just as valuable as the next.

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Recently, I have started to develop an interest in photography and videography. In essence, these skills are about capturing life as we experience it.

Through photos and videos, we can capture an experience, a group of people we care about, or a place that changed our lives. We capture the essence of what that moment was for us. It’s a pretty powerful ability.

Over the summer, I started to take pictures of the surrounding town. This interest faded toward the end of summer, but I found it coming back a few days ago as I was browsing through YouTube. The skill and creativity people have in their videos is amazing. You have one or two people creating 15-minute videos once or twice a week that have visuals and editing equal to that of a movie. …


Today, I wake up to the peace and quiet of an early morning.

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It’s 5:45 and still completely dark outside, except for two street lamps that light the paths to other parts of campus. I get up early, but usually not this early. Usually, I would find myself in bed for another 45 minutes or so.

I’m not complaining though. I have come to realize that early mornings can be some of the most peaceful and productive times for me. I get to sit here typing away at my keyboard, not yet concerned with the day ahead and what I have to get done. My mind is free of the distractions that make it hard to focus. …

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Logan Haney

Current college student at SUNY Oneonta. Consistently in the process of self discovery and personal growth. https://loganhaneywriting.com/

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