Date of Award

5-2017

Culminating Project Type

Thesis

Degree Name

English: Rhetoric and Writing: M.A.

Department

English

College

College of Liberal Arts

First Advisor

James R. Heiman

Second Advisor

Rex Veeder

Third Advisor

Michael Schwartz

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Keywords and Subject Headings

Mindfulness, Composition, Meditative practice, Critical thinking

Abstract

This culminating project investigates the effects of keeping mindfulness journals in connection with being-centric awareness in composition to promote understanding transfer. Through analysis of journal logs using Burke’s terministic screen theory and exploratory research methodology, the study concludes that writing can be a potential mindfulness practice when coupled with freewriting and meditation. It elucidates that freewriting when done as a part of meditative practice has the effect of lessening the worries and tensions that continually surface in the mind. The study also underlines the significance of critical thinking even in terms of taking a break from thinking.

Comments/Acknowledgements

I would like to take this opportunity to give very special thanks to three individuals: to Avik, for being the brother I never had; to Casey, for always being there even when we were worlds apart, literally; and last but not the least, to Corey, for always cheering me up.

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