Thursday, November 04, 2010

Mindfulness and Internet Addiction

As you keep up your mindful practice, you will notice that you’re becoming mindful even with daily activities. You will become more aware of what’s going on in your mind as you struggle through your day to day chores. This awareness is of immense value as it helps us change behaviors that we could like to change.

Take internet addiction for example. After several hours of mindless surfing, you finally close the browser window, clean out your desk, open your notes and textbook and sit down for a couple of hours of honest work. But barely five minutes into the first assignment, you find your email notifier popping up. Some one has messaged you on Facebook. Minutes later, you find yourself deeply engrossed in that hilarious facebook conversation as the homework wilts and rots on your table.

Mindfulness can help you modify this habit. There are two keys to modifying this behavior – becoming aware and letting go.

First of all, you must become aware of your feelings and actions. Often, we are not even aware that we are surfing the net again. One event (mail notification) can trigger a whole series of practiced behavior. We go on auto pilot. Mindfulness can help us become aware of these automatic behaviors.

Second, once you do become aware, learn to let go. Of course you have that intense desire to check email or log on to facebook or tweet about that awesome website you just saw. Become aware of this desire and let it be. You don’t need to do anything about it. Don’t even judge yourself for it. Gently and compassionately, let it go. Close that browser window and get back to what you intend to do at the moment.

No comments:

Post a Comment