Aug 28, 2017

Life This Week 28/8/2017: Mindfulness.

Mindfulness.  The ability to bring your attention to the present.  A state of mind that correlates strongly with a greater sense of well being.  Also a quality I find very challenging to bring to my daily life for even a few minutes at a time.

I've been trying to find out why it's so hard to be mindful for more than those minutes when I have hours of the day when I'm objectively not actually doing anything.
Two words, I'm embarrassed to admit. My iPhone.  I'm forever flicking through the socials on it, turning it on to see what I've missed message or call wise, checking the weather...  I could go on and on.  It's embarrassing and it's wrong but I can't help myself.  I put myself on periodic bans for certain times of the day and for certain activities but I always find my screen time creeping up gradually after a few days of being 'good'.

Ironically, I did have to use my phone to take this photo but this was a moment of mindfulness that I managed over the weekend which I'm very proud of.  We were at the zoo with some friends and the boys were playing together on this old 4x4.  The weather was glorious and the game was very vocal, creative and fun.

My friend and I couldn't quite follow the details of what the boys were discussing but I remember that we were all fully engaged in what was before us. The boys in their play and the adults just enjoying a moment of sun, happiness, and contentment.  Just looking at the photo brings back those happy, uplifting and positive feelings.

So I guess while my phone is a barrier to my leading a more mindful life, it also helps me record those precious moments.  I think this whole mindfulness thing is why I Instagram as much as I do.

It's often my least exciting photos that were taken at my most mindful moments.

How good are you at being mindful on a daily basis?

If you are on Instagram, what makes you share certain photos?  The way they look or the way you felt as you took the photo?


  1. I'm with you on the phone - I put it away around the house, but when I walk to and from school, I'm looking at it. I'm terrible!

  2. I love photos because they are a memory trigger for me. I'll remember what I was doing, how I was feeling etc.

  3. Great post.
    I've been trying to be mindful through this recent period. It's been sad and I think being mindful rather than trying to deny it has been helpful

  4. I'm not great at mindfulness, but I do try when I remember. The best part about it is that you can catch yourself at any point of the day and decide to change your approach or attitude.

  5. I need to practice being more mindful, especially since being diagnosed with an anxiety disorder a couple of years ago.

  6. The Smiling Minds mindfulness app would be a perfect tool for you to download to your phone. I use this if I've been unable to have my mindfulness time, which I usually get doing yoga or out walking at the beach.

  7. I'm not great at it either, to be honest! I do recall a recent staycation I had where I switched off from my iPhone for long periods and it was GREAT to just be in the present moment. I must do it more often!

    Di from Max The Unicorn

  8. I got an app to help with mindfulness but I've gone from using it infrequently to using it rarely. It's best done in the morning to 'set you up' for the day, but with baby bo being such an unpredictable sleeper...I find it hard setting an alarm to get up any earlier than I absolutely have to after a sleepless night with him, haha!

    I've done the no phone use at set times thing too. SOmetimes I feel I'm missing out on things online - Instagram especially as the feed is so impossible to use now I'm always missing things - but overall I feel better than I did when I was constantly on it (And I mean nearly constantly, I definitely spent far too much time on it!).

  9. Daily mindfulness doesn't come easy to me SSG but I do find if I have a technology free day and also on the days I spend with my grandson, I am more present. I enjoy just being and spending time with Ethan has taught me the wonder of discovering spider webs and watching ants! Have a beautiful day. xx

  10. So hear you on the phone. I "need" to look at mine much more than I should. I do try to pay attention more to my surroundings these days but I need to absorb the experiences rather than always try to capture them on the phone!! Thank you for linking up for #lifethisweek. On Mon 11 Sept #LifeThisWeek turns one and that is the prompt! Next week: First car/bike.

  11. I'm like you, now trying out the Headspace app - it's helping :)


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