Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Monkey Mind

So I've spent my day today walking up and down Magazine Street, a popular street for shopping in New Orleans!

I ate lunch and then walked, walked, and walked some more. I went in some boutiques, antique shops, and a wedding shop (just because).
While pondering the items in the wedding shop, I came across a little book called "1,001 Ways to Live in the Moment" by Barbara Ann Kipfer.

I would consider myself to live in the moment, but after reading chapter 1, I realized that boy was I wrong. Instead, I have realized that I have the mind of a monkey which means that my consciousness resembles that of a restless monkey. I try to do too many things at once, creating a state known as "monkey mind".

As I think back to my day, I never once just enjoyed the fresh air and took in my surroundings. I was constantly texting, taking phone calls, tweeting, and taking pictures.

I feel like all of these these things are ok once you master living in the moment and realize that it is ok to put your phone away for five hours and just enjoy life. I never ever do this. I always have my phone and when it's dying, I kind of feel like I'm dying too. Not really, but it def stresses me out because I rely on my phone for everything!!!

As I read my book, I am going I share some strategies and insights so that we can all live in the moment.

These are a few things that I am really going to focus in on over the next few days!

Time management-
prioritize and be efficient

Be independent from technology-
 be ok with not having my phone attached to my hand at all times.

Be aware of my day to day activities.
 habit is a thief of awareness

 you will breathe more deeply and see more wonders
You will become more insightful, more content, and maybe more trusting.

Be attentive to yourself and others.
Not just friends and family, but also neighbors, coworkers, and even strangers.

I hope that you enjoyed reading this post.
I'm excited to read the rest of my book and learn how to fully live in the moment.

I'm now putting my phone in my purse for the rest of the night. I'm out!



Sarah said...

That sounds like a book I'd like to read! Please do share with us :) I know how you feel with the dying phone. I definitely start to stress too...and then I think about when I can get somewhere to charge it. Crazy how much we rely on technology.

Julia K. Denson said...

I understand Stephanie! Our pastor did a sermon a few months ago and one of the points was to "be present". Don't focus on past or future but on your life at the current moment. He also simplified it to our everyday lives: be present with this around you, not stuck to your phone and I am sooo guilty of this. I feel like so many times I let special moments pass bc I am on my phone or checking fb. Thanks for sharing. I know it encourages all of us!!

Cori H. said...

I'm glad you posted this! One of my huge goals is to live in the present this year.

Amanda said...

Glad you are living in the moment! I still have to work on soaking up those little moments, but I'm starting to more and more. This book definitely looks like something I would enjoy/appreciate! Hope you're having a blast!

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