The other day I read an article from a "millennial author". She explained the difference between digital natives and digital immigrants. She wrote that digital immigrants are fearful of using technology. This made me laugh out loud! Am not fearful of using technology. I simply don't break out in a cold sweat when I don't have my phone on me 24/7. And am also ok if I don't check Social Media three times in 15 minutes.
The same time a friend of mine posted a beautiful picture on Facebook. Ha – you see, every now and then am on Social Media too. Darren is a NLP Master Practitioner and I loved his simple explanation of mindfulness. Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words.
I only wanted to share his post on my FB page, but then my Monkey Mind kicked into action. I thought this is worth a new blog post as so many things crossed my mind.
I’m Generation X; you know those guys who grew up only with analog telephones. We were also proud owners of a Sony Walkman. A little devise that you were able to carry around and that played cassettes. When you went on holiday you actually had to make a careful selection which cassettes you take. Unfortunately back then it was impossible to carry a 1000 songs with you… And if this little Walkmen “ate” your cassette, we knew what to do with a pencil. HAHA. But coming back to mindfulness.
To me mindfulness means to be aware of your surroundings. Mindfulness means to use all your senses. Have a look around you – what do you see? Close your eyes and listen to the sounds you hear. Walking through nature, breath in the fresh air. Can you smell the wet grass after the rain? Touch the leaves and feel the bark of the tree. And when you eat, chew slow and taste the flavours of your meal.
At the moment I’m on Zanzibar Island; a beautiful romantic place. I had dinner yesterday and was surrounded by four couples younger than me! And have a guess what happened. They weren’t talking! All of them were staring into their phones. And not just for a few seconds or minutes; the entire frigging time I was there eating my meal! I thought to myself HOW SAD IS THIS? You are sitting in this little restaurant by the beach. The sun sets over the ocean. The sky is a colourful tinge of orange colour. In the background you hear the music of Sauti za Busara. And all you do is check your phone? What is wrong with us people? Have we lost the touch to be mindful of our surroundings?
So am wondering, is Generation Y less mindful than Generation X? Or are we just fearful of using technology? What do you think?
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P.S.S. Start with these three simple exercises to become more mindful. They totally helped me.