Last week, Amazon announced they are developing technology to use drones to deliver packages in 30 minutes or less.
Is life really so urgent that we need this?
When was the last time you slowed down and enjoyed the present moment: the sun on your skin, the breeze in the air, a bird chirping, the smell of rain?
When was the last time you immersed yourself in conversation with someone else without giving in to the urge to plan what you're going to say next?
When was the last time you did anything for an extended period without checking your smartphone?
Our minds always want to be doing "something else." You're at work, but you are thinking about being at home. You're at home, but you are thinking about being at work. You're with someone, but you are thinking about someone (or something) else.
Staying present is something we have to practice. Our minds are restless, and they push and pull us through our day. Because we lack awareness into their compulsive nature, we tend to follow them without question.
Meditating will help you develop the skill of staying present. It strengthens awareness, and allows you to stop being held hostage by the next thought, emotion, or urge that pops into your head. It requires consistent effort, though - you are reversing a lifetime of conditioning that keeps you wrapped up in in mental drama about everything except what's happening right here and now.
And, when you're not meditating, apply the awareness you strengthen (the mindfulness you cultivate) to your daily activities.
When working, work. When playing, play. When eating, eat.
Go for a walk and listen to the sounds around you. Feel your feet as they touch the ground.
And, don't take your phone with you!
Walk as if you are kissing the earth with your feet. - Thich Nhat Hanh
Stop dealing with the symptoms.
Stress, anxiety, self-confidence issues, the inability to stop bad habits, problems with sleep and focus, and on and on and on.
These and the other things we struggle with every day are only symptoms.
The good news is, they all share the same root cause. The bad news is, if you don't address that root cause, the symptoms will keep coming back no matter what you do.
That's why we wrote "An owner's guide to the mind." For almost 20 years, people have been using it to address the root cause of their daily struggles.
Click here to view the contents and learn more.