I can’t count the number of times I have found myself inside a bus, a train, or other means of transportation without seeing almost everyone busy with his or her phone to an extent that even to respond to greetings sometimes is difficult. People are so concentrated that you hardly see their faces. I am afraid, they maybe suffering from neck pain. If I am not mistaken, many persons outside there spent not less than 15hrs a day with their phones.
We always try to occupy our minds with all sorts of things so as to avoid coming in full contact with ourselves or let’s call it our consciousness. Many are afraid these days to be engaged with their mind because of the many challenges and remorse they may feel as they think about their lives. This is a significant problem our present world is facing. Even in a place where we are supposed to allow ourselves to be present body and soul, we still keep ourselves distracted by gadgets and other electronic devices. It is really getting out of hand.
I once asked a female friend of mine why she always manipulates her phone every blessed moment. Her reply was shocking to me. She said, “When I am with it, I tend to forget all my worries and problems. The moment I drop it, they will all rush like a fast running stream into my minds, and these give me anxiety and emotion stress.” I totally agreed with her for I was once like her during my days in the university back then in my country. I am not against the usage of phones and other electronic gadgets. But my major concern is the way we allow these things to have full control of us; enslaving us, chaining us, and making us to be like robots.
The fact still remains that when we are alone, many thoughts start coming into our minds. These are thoughts from the things we have seen or heard or did during the course of our activities in the day. These thoughts are meant to be analysed, if not, they will continue to hunt us especially if they are the negative ones. Analysing our thoughts I believe can make us grow and develop well in life. An unexamined life is not worth living. And we can’t examine our lives in a world filled with distraction. We can’t examine our lives when throughout a day, we are busy from the very moment we leave our sleeping bed to the moment we return to it after the fatigue of the day.
I believe we all need time to be alone, free from the distractions around us so that we can have time to go into ourselves and examine many things. We can also call this a form of meditation. I know it is a very hard practice because when we go deep into ourselves, our conscience confronts us in many things, our mind reminds us of the past, present and future, many things going on at the same time. But it is only in the midst of these that we can find lasting solutions to our problems and also peace and rest to our minds.
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