How Self Awareness Is Increased By Positive Change Experienced Through Participation

2299 Words Nov 3rd, 2016 10 Pages
Based on the understanding that self-awareness is increased by positive change experienced through participation, adventure-based learning (ABL) is about building interpersonal and intrapersonal relationship skills (IIRS) (Sutherland, Ressler, & Stuhr, 2011). Several integral themes including, but not limited to, mindfulness, cooperation, trust and risk-taking have emerged from ABL. With positive emotion at the core of the ABL experience, mindfulness is essential to the success of the program. Many ABL tasks are specifically designed to elicit cooperation, from a either a partner or group, in order to succeed. Building trusting relationships and taking risks are interrelated in ABL. Trust must be established in order to provide a safe environment suitable for taking risks that are necessary for personal growth and learning to occur. These are a few of the ways in which participation in ABL facilitates the development of the IIRS we use everyday.
In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, we often get so caught up in overcoming obstacles and reaching our destination, whatever that maybe, that we forget to enjoy ourselves along the path. Defined by the Oxford Dictionary as a mental state achieved by focusing one 's awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one 's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique, mindfulness can improve our perception of self, of understanding of others, and ultimately…

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