Dancing Minds Challenge blog

November 9th, 2013

Dancing Mind Challenge

I participated in the 4 hour Dancing Mind Challenge. During this time, I read the Lord of the Rings. I did complete the challenge and did not use any technology during it. The experience was valuable to me because I learned that sometimes you need to separate yourself not just mentally from technology to get work done, but also physically. I also learned that I am not the best at concentrating with distractions, as I got a lot more done in the 4 hours during the challenge than I did during 8 hour reading stretches. I did miss some technologies, […]

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November 7th, 2013

Dancing Mind Challenge Reflection

I found the Dancing Mind Challenge a perfect opportunity to catch up on non-assignment readings that I started but never had the time to finish. One of those books I started over the summer was Neil Gaiman’s “American Gods”, which I decided to pick up in anticipation of the author’s Bucknell visit. Unfortunately, “life” happened and I only got through 1/3 of the book by this point. It was amazing to experience how 4 hours of uninterrupted reading could really set me in the “avid reading mode”. I couldn’t put the book down afterwards! It’s not that I didn’t find […]

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October 29th, 2013

Excitement and Relaxation: the Dancing Mind

The dancing mind challenge was a wonderful opportunity. Amid the hubbub and the struggle for gratification, for enjoyment, for stimulation and validation that life is often presented to us as the dancing mind challenge was an opportunity for something different. It presented an opportunity to release responsibility and crisis, if only for a limited time. It presented an opportunity to relax. And from this relaxation, an opportunity for renewed excitement and focus. I found the hours I spent sitting on a bench in the quad some of the most memorable and enjoyable of my time in the semester so far. […]

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October 24th, 2013

Respite From a Busy Life

Going into the challenge, I was dreading the uninterrupted silence for such a long time. In addition, reading Marcel Proust, an author notorious for his love of 3-4 line sentences, for four hours was certainly going to be a challenge. However, I found that what Toni Morrison wrote to be true: you must fully immerse yourself in an experience if you want to open your mind to learning. Without the Dancing Mind Challenge, I don’t think I would have ever picked up Proust, and that would have been unfortunate because I fell in love with his writing style. Swann’s Way […]

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October 22nd, 2013

Lord of the Mind

I participated in the Dancing Mind Challenge on Saturday from 11 to 3. I was able to do some long needed reading and relaxing. Taking the time to read alone has been a long forgotten hobby of mine. I took the time to read one of my favorite books, The Lord of the Rings. I was able to read a large chunk of the world’s greatest fantasy novel. I became so engrossed into the epic, the time flew and I had no interest in checking my phone or computer.  I have decided to mark off two hours every saturday to […]

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October 22nd, 2013

Dancing Mind

This event reminded me how nice it can be to just take a day off and get absorbed in a great story. I enjoyed the book I chose so much that I continued reading it to completion after the required time had already ended.

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October 21st, 2013

The Dancing Mind Challenge

I used to read all the time when I was younger. Even throughout High School I used to try and read for at least half an hour before I went to bed each night. Since coming to college, however, my life has become extremely hectic. Between homework and class and clubs and the constant socialization that comes with living in a dorm, I barely have time to read anything not mandatory for class. So I grabbed at the chance to participate in the Dancing Mind Challenge. Having alone time is not something I’ve experienced much since coming to Bucknell. Not […]

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October 21st, 2013

Dancing Mind Challenge

I enjoyed disconnecting myself from technology for a while, and then I started to get restless.   It was not that I wanted to check my phone, it was that I had a hard time sitting still and reading for four hours straight.  Although I am happy I successfully completed the challenge, I was content leaving the reading bubble when the time period ended.

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October 20th, 2013

Dancing Mind Challenge

It is so hard for me to concentrate on textbooks or anything connected with studying for more than 40 minutes. Whenever I study, I used to playing my cell phones or computer with no reasons. This is not a good habit and I want to change it. So I wanted to challenge myself and registered for it. At first, it was so difficult for me to pay attention on my books, even the one I was interested in. I wanted to play the phone even for just a few minutes. But when I saw the other students around me doing […]

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