When I first saw this evolution of mankind graphic, I was amused – then petrified! It grabbed and held my attention because it so accurately depicts where we’ve been and sadly, where we’re heading.
Ours is a culture that needs to wake up and straighten up – quite literally!
As we strive to be better connected, our high tech lives have us folding into our devices rather than standing up straight, engaging and waking up to the world around us. Our attention bandwidth is stretching far beyond it’s capacity, and as a result, disengagement and distraction abound.
How can we begin to reconnect, re-engage and plug into the parts of our lives that have gone dormant? Mindfulness.
I recognize that the word mindfulness has been bantered about far too freely of late and perhaps you’re beginning to view it as simply a trending phenomenon.
But, let me assure you, mindfulness is no trend. Rather, it’s an ancient wisdom practice and recently scientifically-accepted method of waking up, cultivating attention, sharpening awareness and yes, connecting more authentically and compassionately to your self and others.
Even as you read these words, your mind is likely wandering to places far and wide (rehashing the past, rehearsing the future). No problem, your fractured attention is “normal” and simply a by-product of your multi-tasking life.
The need to hone our skills in the area of present-moment awareness has come to Main Street, but is nothing new, as expressed eloquently by William James in 1890 (The Principles of Psychology – Chapter on Attention), wherein he stated,
“The faculty of voluntarily bringing back a wandering attention, over and over again, is the very root of judgment, character, and will… An education which should improve this faculty would be the education par excellence.” — William James, 1890
We really should have received this style of education (higher learning, if you will) earlier in our lives. These skills may have served us well as we scratched out and carved our life paths. No worries though, as it’s never too late to teach whatever age dog you may be now…new tricks.
There are many options when it comes to mindful awareness training. One or more of them may be the right fit for you!
Please help me change the trajectory of our Evolution of (Wo)mankind graphic by joining the mindful movement and choosing to (re)CONNECT with mindful awareness.
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