Phones, iPads and Mindfulness
I’m a mother in a household that owns many technical devices: a couple of TV’s, 3 phones, an iPad and two laptops to be exact. That is a lot of technology for one family to handle!
I am also a yoga and meditation teacher and a big mindfulness fan. How do those two things co-exist in our daily life?
Mindfulness is one of those words that has been used a lot over the last few years. But what does it really mean?
According to the mindfulness guru Jon Kabat-Zinn, it is about maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment.
Kabat-Zinn states that it is not about sitting in a full lotus pose, pretending like you are a statue in a British museum. Rather it is about living your life as it really mattered, moment by moment by moment!
Why is this such a challenging task for many of us? In a world full of technology, it can become rather tricky to be really present with what is. Our kids are on their iPads and phones probably a bit too much, and so are we.
It seems hard to find a group of people that is actually really interacting with each other these days, without checking their phone or staring at the TV.
We can’t really know at this point what it really means for our future generations, and the impact it has on our children to grow up with that much technology. For myself and as a mother I have noticed that there is a shift happening towards Facebook friends and Instagram likes, and the importance of it for a lot of us. Possibly defining our value by how many likes we are getting today?
I don’t believe it’s about stopping time or shielding ourselves from our surroundings, but more a question of awareness. To create a balance and cultivate mindfulness in our daily life. Just so that we are really living every day fully, and not letting life pass while missing those precious moments because we are glued to our phone.
I am not a psychologist, but a woman, wife and mother. I feel that it is so very important to show our partners, children and friends that we listen, that we look into their eyes and that we want to connect with each other. Because after all, what is there left to life if we don’t truly connect with those we love?
The big question is how? How can we integrate mindfulness? It can be as simple as going for a walk with your children, and spending time in nature together. Playing a good old board or card games, while leaving the TV turned off every once in a while. Cooking a meal together and making time to share dinner at the table with our family, whenever we can.
According to Kabat-Zinn there are some simple techniques to integrate mindfulness pretty much wherever and whenever we want. One of them is paying close attention to your breathing, especially if intense emotions arise. Or tuning into our physical sensations closely, when the water is hitting our skin in the shower or feeling the sunlight on our skin.
We can try and find those moments in our every day life, and the more we practice, the easier it gets. Shutting our mind off things, not analyzing the past or planning for the future. But rather just BE!
I am excited to offer a 5 Days-of-Mindfulness-Family-Challenge through our website, with easy to follow videos that are no longer than 15 minutes a day. Join us and find out how easy it is to be mindful!
– Yulia Sauter