In my quest to pinpoint my various sources of anxiety, and to increase my focus and productivity, I’ve recently turned my attention to my smartphone. I’ve realized that I have a love/hate relationship with it. I spend countless moments mindlessly pulling my phone out and thumbing through apps. What’s most irritating is how habitual it is. I won’t even receive a notification and yet I find myself pulling out my phone on impulse, mainly when I lose interest in what’s going on in the environment around me. As much as it excites me to understand how profound it is for each human to possess such powerful technology, I find that owning a smartphone (at least for myself) is a micro representation of the larger notion that technology is a “double-edged sword,” basically meaning that its detriments are equal to its benefits.
Most of my friends know that I’m not the religious type but a few that don’t know me too well have asked whether or not I’m “spiritual”. I’ve always found this to be an interesting question and one that I tend to give what I think is an unorthodox answer to. For most people I think spirituality and religion go hand in hand, and in a way they do, but that doesn’t mean they can’t also exist separately.
Having just created this blog, I’ve naturally been searching my mind for a good first post to write. The topic I’ve randomly decided to discuss first is meditation. I know that this subject has many connotations associated with it (for better or for worse), but to be clear my current meditative practices align simply with the idea of “mindfulness“. That is, the practice of being aware of only the present moment and to disregard thoughts as reality and instead view them in a purely observational way. It’s important to note that I personally don’t follow any religion, nor am I superstitious in the slightest, but I do believe spirituality to be something separate from both religion and the supernatural and something worthy of implementing into anyone’s life. Perhaps my thoughts on religion vs spirituality can be discussed further in a seperate post.