The relationship most of us have with our cell phones is usually very far from meditative.
Even though we use this tool to communicate more effectively, it can instead make us feel disconnected. Sometimes we find ourselves unable to remember if we sent a text message or what the context of a conversation was from earlier in the day.
These little plastic pieces of technology are not going anywhere. Therefore, we may have to look at changing our relationship with our cell phones through mindfulness, and through meditation that is as portable as the devices themselves.
The next time your cell phone rings or indicates a text message or email, notice your first reaction.
As you grab the phone, has your pulse quickened? Is your mind racing as to who it might be? These are reactions that are rooted in the future. You will discover the answer, but in the meantime you are not planted firmly in the now.
Instead of picking up your phone and being a slave to its sounds, wait to take a deep breath. Calmly repeat to yourself “This is Now…” and feel the rhythm of your heartbeat.
As you approach the call or the email, drop any prejudgement you have. If you’re anxious with regards to an impending change, this will affect how you listen or read.
Imagine coming to each conversation, no matter how emotionally charged it may be, with a fresh perspective with your opportunity to breathe first, and react later.
Not only might this help you to drop the accelerated sympathetic nervous system responses that can be associated with technology but it may help you to truly be more connected.
Then move forward in connected response.