Are you mindful today? I’m not referring to the Buddhist practice of heightened awareness or meditation. I’m simply asking if you’re aware of what’s going on around you. Are you connected and engaged?
Too often I’m not mindful.
The other night my husband was sharing something with me that I didn’t realize was important to him. I’d likely have taken time to recognize he was doing more than making a passing comment had I put down my phone to make eye contact with him. (Cringe.)
Now before this post takes a negative, guilt-ridden turn, let’s take a moment to admit we could all likely be more aware of those around us. Now let’s simply commit to exercising some of these approaches to being more mindful:
1) lay your phone face down during a meeting so as not to be distracted by messages popping up
2) close the laptop when someone comes in for a face to face meeting
3) turn off the TV during family dinner
4) close your social media windows while writing
5) ask sincere questions while a child tells you about her day
6) turn music off in the car and ask a question for discussion
7) play a game with a loved one
8) go for a walk together instead of letting the busyness at home interrupt your conversation
9) fix a cup of coffee or tea and chat on the sofa, eye to eye
10) relax and let others finish their thoughts in a meeting at work
11) leave your electronics off for a day (or more) to connect and observe
What else do you try to do as a means for engaging in a mindful way with those around you?
Dana Byers and her family are passionate about adoption and online ministry, and they sold all they owned in 2007 to live a mobile lifestyle overseas and expand online ministry practices globally. She’s the author of “The Art of Online Ministry” and recently moved to Oklahoma to become the Community Pastor for LifeChurch.tv Church Online. All opinions shared here are expressly her own.