We’ve probably all seen the man who sat looking at his phone as one of the most magnificent creatures on this earth swam right past him. This man missed one of the biggest moments in his life.
We’ve all been there (and maybe it’s even us) — the phone takes precedence over everything; whether it’s a conversation with a child; a conversation with a parent; or beautiful scenery. We are not being mindful to be in the moment.
We are seeing a world increasingly engrossed in what is at the end of our fingertips. While the world plays on around us, we are busy seeing who posted a cat video on Facebook or what level we can beat on Candy Crush. We are not being mindful to put ourselves in the moment and enjoy what is before us.
Mindfulness brings us the beauty of life — like a movie being played at the IMAX. When we are mindful to put down the phone and look up and out, we bring the techno-color into our life. As with any muscle, the brain must exercise this practice in order to appreciate the completeness of being mindful.
The next generations are having physical problems that have, until recent years, only been seen in adults that put in long, repetitive hours or have lived for years as healthy young adults. More children are diagnosed with poor eyesight , carpal tunnel, and obesity.
Hilary Duff just came out with a new collection of music entitled Breathe In Breathe Out. On ABC’s Good Morning America, she stated that this was the title because it had become her mantra; it makes her aware to take in the moment.
Taking in the moment; stopping long enough to look up and connect, to commit the moment to memory now in order to enjoy the memory later on. Telling someone you missed the sight of the whale because you were on your phone may be a funny story, but you know down inside you have missed a very rare moment.
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Sean Fargo is the Founder of Mindfulness Exercises, a former Buddhist monk of 2 years, a trainer for the mindfulness program born at Google, an Integral Coach from New Ventures West, and an international mindfulness teacher trainer. He can be reached at [email protected]
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