We are all probably familiar with the experience of getting completely lost online. It can happen at the strangest of times. You go to a website with one thing in mind, maybe even just to have a quick look through your email. Suddenly, before you know it, you’re reading an article about the latest celebrity downfall. So how did you end up here, and how has your mind become so easily distracted?
Technology is ubiquitous and the invitation to get lost in it is always there too. It can happen when we’re on our own. It can happen at work. It can happen when you’re around people you really do want to spend time with.
And all this is fine, but by not being present, there’s a just a chance that we’re missing out on some really good stuff.
In yoga we try to set an intention at the beginning of the practice knowing that by doing so, it not only helps us to stay in the moment during class, and it also gives us something to hang on to, to help us bring our attention back if the mind wanders.
Perhaps a similar technique might be handy here: just setting your intention before you embark on the day’s activities - if you find you’re doing something altogether different then you can just gently bring yourself back to that intention.
Importantly, just like in yoga, there’s no need to judge yourself for getting distracted - it’s only natural given the range of distractions on offer. And remember, it’s not about trying to exclude technology, but just trying to let it into our lives in a more mindful way. So there is definitely a time and a place for kicking back with some funny videos, or celebrity photos, or whatever your preferred high-calorie internet candy happens to be. The point is to reflect often, and just make sure that whatever you’re doing, you’re happy with it.