Mindful of Differences


“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!

39 thoughts on “Mindful of Differences

      • Exactly. As soon as you say that (even to yourself and especially if you then try to pretend that’s not what you’re up to) you have slipped back into narrating your life and focusing on the past, even if that past is a few seconds ago. Is it better to be mindful or mindless? As in, not occupied with the self-serving activities of the mind but actually engaged in present experience.

        • I don’t think it’s achievable as a “goal.” Aldous Huxley wrote about it in Island where there was a bird whose call was “Be here now, boys!” Or, as in the restroom at Muddy Waters of the Platte coffee house in Denver (RIP) “Pee here now” Sartre. I think our mind gets tangled up in the past but also the future. I know when my walk with Bear is over when I’m thinking “I wish I’d brought water” or “What’s for dinner, Bear?”

          • Mindfulness is stereotyped as yoga when you let go of your thoughts (how is that possible?) but then again, you’ve got the word ‘mindful’ in it! Mindful colouring is complicated colouring with lots of little details, but then again…

            • I really have no idea. I guess the idea of letting go of your thoughts is to be at one with the moment which is a good thing, but I don’t know how that could be an objective. It’s a big paradox for me…

  1. It is kind of like the prayer apps that are out there too. I am pretty sure God can hear me whether I say a formulaic prayer, mumble a heartfelt plea for help or just open my eyes. It is probably the same with the apps – sure there are techniques but I don’t think staring at my phone or a computer screen is going to get me there, wherever there is….

    • That is the paradox of the apps for me — but maybe for someone else they are helpful? I don’t even think God needs me to talk to him at all and I know that when I do it’s because I need to. Mostly all I have to say to him is “thank you.” ❤

  2. I agree. Being mindful is so important to happiness. It teaches you to recognize how you feel and react. How to better deal with everything. It also shows you empathy when interacting with people and the world around you too.

  3. My mother always used the word “mind and mindful” before it became a thing. I was always expected to be mindful of others.

  4. Wow. I have always used the term in the sense of being aware of the environment around you. As in not being oblivious to the road or the trail or where ever you happen to be.

    And in mind your manners.

    Being “woke” is just a fashion statement nowadays.

  5. There’s something I don’t get. How is staring at a screen for twenty minutes mindful? Or are you supposed to already have a full yoga set before you get the app? lol

  6. I agree with you as it can be most things as long as ya keep others’ feelings and emotions in mind! The incessant apps are ya nut job which beg the question 🙋‍♂️ what Now?🙏🐕♒️🙌

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