“Mindful” is one of those words that I don’t understand. To me it means “attentive” “paying attention” “conscious” something like that. The people in my life (here comes an egregious generalization that’s probably inaccurate and unfair) who used it go to yoga class and burn Nag Champa. It’s (to me) a California word.
Not too long ago I noticed my phone had a “mindfulness” thing as part of Apple’s health app. Huh? People do this? I looked into it a bit and it gave me the hee-bee jee-bees. I could set a TIMER and be “mindful” for 20 minutes at a time. It would even tell me HOW. Creeped me out. What would I be the other 1420 minutes of the day? OK, some of those minutes I’d be asleep, but…
I now know there are hundreds — maybe thousands — of mindfulness apps for our phones.
“There’s no shortage of mindfulness and meditation apps these days, promising to help you combat anxiety, sleep better, hone your focus, and more. In fact, the Wall Street Journalreports that more than 2,000 new meditation apps launched between 2015 and 2018, and offerings have only increased as a result of higher demand during the pandemic—according to the New York Times, mindfulness apps surged in 2020. We took the overwhelm out of finding the most valuable and easy-to-use mindfulness apps that are available free and narrowed it down to these five apps.” Here’s a link
That said, it’s not easy to pay attention or even know what you’re paying attention to, and I’m 100% behind anything that helps people live the life they want, increases their awareness of the world in which we live, helps people be more conscious of themselves and others. I’m mindful that we’re not all me and maybe I just call it something else.
P.S. in looking for a picture of Nag Champa I learn that the scent comes from the plumeria blossom. ❤
P.P.S. I’m very behind reading posts. I’m sorry. I hope to catch up soon!