Mindfulness is an important state to comprehend. Mindfulness is the condition of being conscious or aware of something. In other words, being mindful. In addition, it can be noted as being a mental state that is accomplished by centering one’s attention on the present moment, while at the same time accepting one’s thoughts, feelings as well as bodily sensations. Mindfulness has been around ever since humans have existed. However, due to the evolution of technology, and furthermore digital age, there has been a dissimilar take on mindfulness. Some examples of technology include, but are not limited to: computers, digital devices, the internet etc. In one of my psychology classes, we learned about how since the digital age has begun, it has become more and more difficult to be mindful of what we are doing. Essentially, it is impossible for our brains to be focussing just as well as doing multiple tasks at once, as it is doing one task; but that is what people essentially are doing every day. If we are more mindful of what we are doing, then we will be able to more fully enjoy the present moment and furthermore live well-balanced lives.
In my opinion, mindfulness is an important concept to understand because it is a part of our daily lives whether we realize it or not. For example, if I am having lunch with a friend and have my cellular device on the table, I am giving off the impression that there may be something more imperative that I need to attain to, rather than having a conversation with my friend. That in itself is helpful to know because I would not want to give off that impression. Human beings have become so attached to their digital devices that it has actually become an issue. People have become so addicted to their cellular phones, that they sleep with them. It is said that it is unhealthy to do so for the brain because one can easily get not as well of a sleep as could have because of the desire to want to check the phone. I conducted a study with myself and tried to put away my cell phone while I was doing my homework, rather than having it next to me. I placed my cellular device in a different room with the sound off. At first, it was difficult pondering what if I get a message from somebody and do not respond as fast as I would since I am doing my homework? Then, as I progressed, my mind got distracted and I was able to concentrate better than when the cell phone was near me. During the end of my first Psychology class where we were learning about mindfulness, we practiced meditation for a few minutes. Even though it was not for a long period of time, it was revitalizing to only have to focus on one task-our breath.
A little while ago was my sister’s birthday and she very much enjoys to practice yoga. For one of her birthday celebration gifts, I attended a yoga class with her and a friend. Yoga is all about being mindful of ones breath, relaxation and furthermore exercising while at the same time. After the class was over, I not only felt so relaxed, but also refreshed and rejuvenated. I was listening and doing what the instructor was saying at my own pace the entire time. I may have not been the best in the class, but I was able to learn to be mindful to be in the present moment and to focus on my breath. I also did not have my cell phone with me as all phones are to be turned off, or placed on silent during class. That in itself was a pleasant break. Doing yoga, and practicing mindfulness, was a great experience and I will most definitely take another class. I am grateful that I have learned about mindfulness as it is a vital aspect to each and every human beings’ daily lives.
Arielle Joselson is a student at Purchase College, State University of New York. Arielle’s major is Communications with a minor in Psychology. She loves reading, writing, animals and stepping up! Arielle is so excited to be a part of the Step Up team.