One of an over-thinker’s biggest desires is the ability to stop thinking – to just switching your mind to pause mode and experience the quiet numbness of … nothing. If someone invented an “off” button for the brain, I would have it installed in the blink of an eye.
Today I realized that what I’ve been doing in trying to achieve this has been wrong all along.
My favorite mindless pastime is playing games on my phone. Cookie Jam is my go-to game. No need to think, just play. I am on level 2403 and as I sat trying to beat the level for, probably, the 15th time, it dawned on me how silly it is. I waste so much precious time every single day on being “mindless”, whereas the time could have been spent so much better. Well, backtrack for a second, it didn’t start like that.
Sir Luke is forever going on about the latest game. His favourite thing to do on weekends is to go to the mall and play games. Whenever he speaks it’s about games. I could never make sense of this. This has led to a number of disagreements between us. Me trying to get him to talk about and focus on something else; him shrugging it off as “this IS important to me, mom”
As I sat there today, enjoying a minute of mindlesness, playing my game, I pitied the youth of today who don’t know the childhood we have. They don’t know the innocense that we knew. It was stolen from them by technology. Then I realised what I was busy doing and I just had to stop. We lead by example. We show them how to live a technology fueled life
So often during the day when I have 5 or 10 minutes to spare, I would pick up my phone and play a game “just to take a break from it all”. So much wasted time.
The 10 tactics list, amongst others, reading 60 minutes a day and personal mastery. How about wasting less time on mindlesness and use that time being mindful of where I am – physically, emotionally and spiritually, pondering on things like The Scrolls that will propel personal growth or getting out in the garden, meditating (if meditating for 5 or 10 minutes is even a thing) and connecting with nature
How about making mindfulness a goal instead of a mindless escape?