After our first meditation, I returned to the idea (from last week) that we lose attention (or our conscious mind goes offline) 4x a second. This might not have been a problem in our ancestors’ prehistoric world, where we needed to be distracted in order to re-focus on potential dangers, but it is a problem in our modern world. Social media, advertising, and entertainment are all designed to attract our attention, and it’s no wonder hours can go by with us unable to remember how we just spent our time surfing the web.
It’s no wonder that we find it so difficult to practice mindfulness. We had a lively discussion about how many of us find ourselves overwhelmed by the demands of emails, messaging, and cell phones.
Here’s a good article with tips on how to control our online habits: