Monday, February 26, 2007

Be Mindful and Enjoy the Moment

We are always encouraged to multi-task in today's world. Computers are made for it. Our bosses expect it. Our lives demand. But we're human!

Use your mind

One important key to having a better life is to use your own mind. But you have to use your mind correctly. As humans, we're not built for multi-tasking.

So if we don't multi-task, what should we do instead?

Do one thing at a time

This is the important key to mindfulness. Stop multi-tasking and do only one thing:

The idea of one-mindfully is to do one thing at a time.
  • If you are going to eat, eat. Don't read or watch TV at the same time.
  • When you are working, work. Don't try to work and worry about something at home at the same time.
  • When you are talking with a friend, talk with your friend. Don't try to be on the computer at the same time.
Enjoy that thing

When you do only one thing, you can more fully participate in that activity. By really participating in that thing, you can enjoy it.

Here's a simple example: grocery shopping. I went to buy groceries the other day, and I really just focused on buying food. I tried to pick out good produce, I looked for sales on items I needed, and I actually had fun. The key was that I focused on only one thing.

Your thoughts?

Have you experienced any good examples of mindfulness? Post a comment or track it back to your own blog!

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