Being in the Moment
How often do we just sit still and listen? Do you remember sitting by yourself in a cafe and NOT reaching for your phone? How much do we rely on staying in touch with our phones rather than ourselves?
Listening to a radio station the other day, a man in his 20’s said he went on holiday just after his phone got smashed, so he was totally lost. After all, he wanted to be able to put pictures up on social media to show he was having a good time. However after a few days, despite his girlfriend having a phone, he actually started to ‘be’ in the moments and enjoyed the holiday better by not having to give a running commentary every few minutes or hours!
Don’t get me wrong, the phone/social media, especially watsapp has healed many a family by keeping everyone in the loop at the same time and talking without talking just to keep in touch, when you’re not really talking (if you get my drift). Plus, when asked if we wanted to put an advert billboard up for business, we opted out as many of our clients come to us via the internet.
However, the control that our phones have over us 24/7 surely has to be monitored? Can’t we just sit still in a cafe and people watch? Can we stand at a train station and just breathe deeply without checking our phones? Do we feel so socially awkward that we have to follow everyone and put our heads in our phones all the time? Even with the excuse of checking business emails etc…can’t we just sometimes Be still and Be in the Moment?
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