Saturday, March 8, 2014

Banished to the Glove Compartment?

What I find hard about putting my phone in the glove compartment is the desire to make necessary phone calls while I’m driving. What does one do about this? It is not illegal to use our phones while driving, but if looking for the contact to find the number, it can be just as dangerous and distracting as looking at a text or texting back. For this reason, after making a couple of phone calls today, I’ve decided to continue to keep the phone in the glove compartment.

My goal for an alternative mindfulness practice was listening to Eckert Tolle as I drive. This is not my daughter’s desire, so when she’s in the car, we listen to her music. I am also willing to admit that Eckert can become annoying at times. How much is enough but not too much? Or is it my wandering mind wants to wander sometimes. I think I need some variety like Pema for a different perspective. A friend suggested Wayne Dyer or Marianne Williamson for an uplifting and inspirational message. It’s not that Eckert or Pema aren’t inspiring, but it’s a different type of focus.

Mindfulness is definitely a key in resisting the urge to pick up the phone, or pull it out of the glove compartment. Rolf said it takes about 20 days for a new habit or behavior to take hold, one where it’s not quite so difficult to do. For now, I think I’m going to stick to my decision to put my phone out of reach and earshot in the car and at night. For now that seems like enough, but I will observe my urge to use my phone at different points during the day, as well as the number of times I go off my researching or writing task to check it.

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