Mindful Tips from Kate Pickert, Time, Feb. 3, 2014
a-wear a watch: you’ll avoid picking up your phone to check the time and won’t be needlessly distracted.
b-no phones in bed: fully wake up before you look at any devices.
c-get into nature: take a hike and observe your surroundings. Resist the urge to Instagram them. (take a look at the Creativity Circle suggestions for a walk this week)
Technology has made it easier than ever to fracture our attention into smaller and smaller bits…In a time when no one seems to have enough time, our devices allow us to be many places at once – but at the cost of being unable to full inhabit the place where we actually want to be.
Researchers have found that multitasking leads to lower overall productivity. Students and workers who constantly and rapidly switch between tasks have less ability to filter out irrelevant information, and they make more mistakes.
Our ability to recognize that our attention has been diverted is what’s important and at the heart of what it means to be mindful…think of your attention as a muscle. As with any muscle, it makes sense to exercise it (in this case with meditation), and like any muscle, it will strengthen from that exercise."
- From Time Magazine, The Mindful Revolution by Kate Pickert, February 3, 2014
- Pablo Neruda (via worlds-and-words)
- James Joyce, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (via worlds-and-words)