Mindfulness

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Lately this is the keyword that has been prominently filling my mind, especially as we get to the end of the first quarter of 2017. I felt like I haven’t done as much as the time spent and I realized failing to plan is basically a plan to fail.

One of the things I realized I’ve been doing a lot for the past few months are constantly unlocking the iPhone – reaching out to the Instagram app icon on the dock – and just keep scrolling and liking and watching Stories. Without realizing that 15 minutes, 30 minutes, or even an hour passed by.

I’ve been also playing this game Tower Keepers. At first it was just to fill my waiting time or maybe when I’m in the traffic. Now, I kept opening the app, for the sake of spending the “energy”, adding that I have to watch a 1min ad every time I finish a “fight” – I rarely spend less than 15 mins.

(Read: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/feb/28/how-technology-gets-us-hooked)

After reading some articles on the topic, one of the definition that I like is this: What is mindfulness? Refer to Jon Kabat-Zinn’s traditional definition of mindfulness: it is a way of paying attention to, and seeing clearly whatever is happening in our lives. The attention paid is purposeful, in the moment, without judgment. It’s about having the time and space to attend to what is ahead of us, in spite of distractions competing for our attention and our past history that shapes how we think and perceive the world.

I think most of the time we spend the day, week, month, without realizing what we spend our time for. The opposite of being mindful is just procrastinating or spending your time to do unproductive things or worse, doing bad things to yourself. Ever since I read these articles I have:

Moved Instagram outside the dock and even to the last page of my iPhone. This way I spend less time on Instagram per day. The least I want to do is to spend more time reading book vs scrolling through Instagram. I’m even considering to delete the app from my phone and just access it from time to time from the web.

Spend less time on the game and currently thinking to delete the game this month.

Started planning my month, week, and thus days better. I really want to spend an effort to make my day more productive including ending the day knowing that I have created more than I have consumed.

What do you think about mindfulness and have you did anything to create the culture of mindfulness in yourself?

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