July 10, 2012

on mindfulness.

There's something to be said for disconnecting — for letting yourself do just one thing at a time. (Such a foreign concept, right?) Lately I've been making an effort to dial back on all the multitasking. To walk down the street without checking my phone, to eat a meal without reading my texts, to spend each night computer-free because, really, my eyes (and my sanity) need a break.

It's funny: In all of this, I feel as if I've returned to some piece of myself. As if some lighthearted, more carefree and childlike part of my personality has resurfaced. Or maybe I'm just living, you know? Maybe I'm just living and listening and noticing in a way that had been lost.

Being mindful is a pretty powerful thing, don't you think?

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Allie said... [Reply to comment]

youre so right its really really rare that i do anything without my phone in hand... frantically responding immediately to any emails or texts. thank you for sharing!

tumbleweed•twine said... [Reply to comment]

This is why I love your blog! I need to do this more often: you highlighted in this the fact that I so infrequently go lengths of time without checking my phone or email or Facebook! Think I need to switch off more.. :') Thank you! ♥

Sarah ^.^

Allie said... [Reply to comment]

I've thought about this a lot recently. There really is something to be said for turning off the TV/phone/computer and just breathing and being at peace with quiet.

Holly said... [Reply to comment]

you're so right! I have the same problem--I am always on my laptop or checking my phone. Closing the computer and turning off my phone once in a while really puts me at ease and lets me notice all of the real things in front of me :) thanks for writing about this! xoxo

stephanie said... [Reply to comment]

Very inspiring. My problem is my addition to my computer -- I spend all day working on it in my office and all evening doing personal things on it at home. I need to unplug and unnnnnnwind. Thanks for the reminder :) xoxo

Andi of My Beautiful Adventures said... [Reply to comment]

I just had the stomach flu for 2 weeks and I could have cared less about the computer and phone. Normally I'm attached! Once I got better I tried to not become reattached, because I realized how unhealthy it is to be SO connected!!!

Bethany said... [Reply to comment]

so true. I've been trying to do the same thing - reading for 30 minutes to an hour after I get home from work without checking my phone intermittently, eating a meal without looking at my phone, finishing blog and writing stuff by 10 p.m. so that I have an hour just to be with my husband without any thought of work or social media to distract me, never looking at work emails on nights and weekends. It's so hard, but like you I feel myself breathing a little easier, focusing a little more on being present in my own life, being content with now.

Nikskie said... [Reply to comment]

you always have the right words to address things. i love love love your writings! it's so full of life and these little things and curiosities you share make me feel more alive

Brooke said... [Reply to comment]

I completely agree. This is one of the best ways to feel a little better about life. You truly have the most beautiful way of saying things!

Barbara said... [Reply to comment]

I love reading your reflections on life. You have a great way of looking at things and expressing them with the best words. I completely agree with having to turn yourself off from the world (of technology) and focus on yourself, rather than the goings on around and the need to feel constantly connected.