A lifelong student of technology, philosophy and fun. Twenty years ago I was curious about all of this meditation stuff and spent a lot of time reading about and living it but life got busy with work, family and the internet. With this busyness the thought of being present, or meditating and of just being present all faded. Rather my previous life of “never being bored” because I was often pursuing new interests I became the poster child for Internet distractibility, I even started taking medication for ADD. One day, I realized that I wasn’t happy with my life and I started becoming depressed about where things were going. I also learned to be worried about every little thing in the future. Rather than ADD medication, I started to consider anti-anxiety medication. I started to look through my old books and journals and realized this might all be self-imposed, so rather than continue seeking medication, I tried meditation. Instead of trying to REMOVE distraction, I started just being aware of right now. In the couple of years since then, my life has become more fulfilled, I’ve become a better husband and father (in my opinion) and my outlook on the future is as bright as it was when I was 20 years old.
Mindfullish is about my efforts to move from distraction to mindfulness with the awareness that being mindful can be daunting, especially when you think it’s an “always on” change of life. I’m not mindful constantly, I don’t meditate daily. I’d like to do that, but I forget, or I prioritize other things. I think that’s a common issue so I want to share my journey and hopefully inspire yours. I have opinions, but I’ll try to keep them at bay. I have hopes that as a world we can move from needing to have a cellphone in hand constantly to maybe sometimes leaving it at home, or in your pocket or purse. I’d love to see strangers make eye contact again, realizing we’re all pursuing happiness together so why not acknowledge each other. I hope to hear from you and that you’re willing to come along.