October 3 - October 24, 2018

Aldene Meis Mason

Faculty of Business Administration

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 549 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    spent exercising
  • up to
    being mindful
  • up to
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    more servings
    of fruits and vegetables



Say No to Plastic Straws

An estimated 71% of seabirds and 30% of turtles have been found with plastics in their stomachs. When they ingest plastic, marine life has a 50% mortality rate. By asking for no straw when placing a drink order, I will keep 1 plastic straw(s) of out of the ocean each day.



Eat Mindfully

I will eat all of my meals without distractions, e.g., phone, computer, TV, or newspaper.



Exercise Daily

Exercise is a great stress blaster! I will exercise for 30 minute(s) each day.




I will write down three things every day that I am grateful for, or send one email every day thanking or praising someone.



More Fruits and Veggies

I will eat a heart healthy diet by adding 1 cup(s) of fruits and vegetables each day to achieve at least 4 cups per day.



  • Aldene Meis Mason 10/22/2018 1:42 PM
    Getting easier.  Thinking of more possibilities.  How can I expand this to my family and my students?  Turned off the taps as I brushed my teeth. Looked  at the difference in water useage between baths and showers.  Need to change the washer in the kitchen tap so it doesn't drip.

  • Aldene Meis Mason 10/22/2018 1:39 PM
    Probably the hardest is mindful eating.  Difficult to not read the newspaper or watch TV as I eat breakfast.  The best approach is actually to set and eat the table in the other room.  I turn my back on the TV when I am eating out at lunch.
  • Reflection Question
    Health Exercise Daily
    How can you incorporate other personal values (like quality time with friends or spending time in nature) into your exercise routine?

    Aldene Meis Mason 10/14/2018 5:33 PM
    During my walks, I look at my surroundings enjoying the  plants others have put into their gardens.  I stop to talk with neighbours if they are out and thank them for beautifying their gardens. When I take my walk at the university each day, I look at the students' faces - quietly smiling or saying hello.  The Media Arts and Production Faculty have painted a beautiful red piano and set it in the atrium walkway - I enjoy listening to those who share their musical talent.  Remembering when my hands worked well and I played similar music.  
  • Reflection Question
    Simplicity Eat Mindfully
    Mindful eating is healthier for us than eating with distractions. How do your eating experiences differ when practicing mindfulness?

    Aldene Meis Mason 10/14/2018 5:28 PM
    I start to focus on my food - tend to enjoy it more, presentation becomes important, and also tend to eat less because I am more aware of what is on the pates. When the electronics are shut off, we also talk to each other more. 
  • Reflection Question
    Health Happiness
    How does/can practicing gratitude keep you centered and motivated to work for a better world?

    Aldene Meis Mason 10/14/2018 5:26 PM
    It keeps me focused on present. I look for things to be grateful for - eyes to see, ears to hear, heart to feel, mind to think.  This is like the mind's paintbrush - I become less critical. I also look to to how I can change things for the better.  I also reflect on what many who have so little here still are happy.  

  • Reflection Question
    Health More Fruits and Veggies
    What do you think contributes to people in North America eating more meat than any other places, and what does this say about North American values and ways of living? How can we start shifting from a meat-focused food culture to a more plant-based one?

    Aldene Meis Mason 10/14/2018 5:22 PM
    Supersizing in restaurants.   Not knowing how to cook with plant based proteins. We have been shifting this past year.  Smaller portions of meat which I weigh or measure, found meatless recipes we liked to eat, planned meatless meals several times per week, tried new products from grocery store.  Stood on scales daily.  

  • Aldene Meis Mason 10/10/2018 12:18 PM
    I will move back to eating meals at the dining room table to improve mindfulness. 
  • Reflection Question
    Water Say No to Plastic Straws
    What single-use items (e.g. straws, coffee cups, vegetable bags, plastic bags) do you regularly use? What could be substituted instead?

    Aldene Meis Mason 10/09/2018 10:39 AM
    I have said no to the straws.  Used my water bottle, Got the recycle grocery bags into  the car now need to get them into the car.  Have the plastic bags ready to go back to the grocery store.