Being Present at all times

Feb 8, 2011                                                        I saw a t.v. commercial about buying an automobile. The reason for buying the auto was because the great braking and 360 degree sensor system. What was most striking were the reasons they were showing for the need of the 360 degree sensors and great braking.

         A person texting while walking through a parking lot

         A lady doing her makeup while driving

         A kid riding his bicycle with no regard for his surroundings

         Hummm…. all situations where people were routinely “not being present” with their mind where their physical body was

          I just received this in an email from a friend:  “The list for today feels huge – lots to attempt to accomplish. Need to remove all distractions and hindrances. “ Remove the distractions and hindrances = put them somewhere so that the mind can be 100% present on the task at hand.

          How to keep your mind and your body in the same location = be present.

          I have written on the idea of “unloading the mental ram” before. If the need has reached the proportions that the “load” is so demanding that it is part of our culture and showing up in t.v. ads as a “negative”, the situation is huge.

           Today I will write a few notes on why worry about loading up the brain or not being present.

  1. 1.       The t.v. ad gives us a first warning. It is dangerous for everyone. I am sure you have seen the conversation that they want to pass a law that makes crossing a street with your ipod on as illegal.
  2. 2.       In the business world they have done the due diligence: stressed and/or distracted minds are more than somewhat underproductive.  A person may feel that they are being productive, but against potential, the feeling is an illusion.  You are very busy but not really productive.
  3. 3.       It is rude. When was the last time in the last few hours when you have been talking to someone on the phone and you could clearly tell they were not present. They were doing something else. Or perhaps it was you that was not present.

I understand that all of us suffer from the “oh my God, I have so much to do” syndrome.  We do have way

more to do than there is time to do it, just like my friend in the email noted. If having the mind do one thing while the body is doing something else is dangerous, underproductive, and rude: what to do?

                Next blog I will write some suggestions.

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