Thursday, October 26, 2017, at noon, Fresno State campus staff and faculty spent 45 minutes as mindfulness walkers, seeing their campus with new eyes and an intentional heightened awareness. Thank you to Francine Oputa, for inviting Fresno Mindfulness Walks for the monthly lunch of Women’s Campus Connection.
After the noon time walk, the group gathered to share their observations:
Things that stood out, even to those familiar with the campus:
Other side of campus – east side – hadn’t really explore that before.
- Sun dial.
- Noticed a little corner/alcove where students discarding bottles and cans.
- Youth in University High School – struck a different tone.
- Noticed diversity of students – intermingling of groups. Beauty in diversity.
- Connection with women on campus.
- Mural of powerful women at the back of Conely building. (https://library.fresnostate.edu/node/135)
- Squirrels fighting
- Skateboards and scooters.
- Generators hum.
- Crunching of the leaves.
- Splash and flow of water in the large foundation in front of bookstore.
- Students talking.
- Loud construction equipment.
- Cell phone conversation.
- Flowers by Thomas Building
- High school
- Chemistry lab – recalled same smell decades earlier
- Something burning by the furnace.
- Grass – cut grass
- Oven in art building
- Tranquility of the Fresno State campus
- Noticed students and if they seem confident – or those who seemed to be hiding.
- Saw two students hugging – sweet thing to witness.
- Struck with the realization that everyone is going through something.
- Lucky to be here, and proud of this campus.
- Diversity among the students is beautiful.
- Satisfaction – a strong sense of home here.