Our attention activates our desire.

For an audio portion of this with a little extra go to:http://grindpodcast.com/2018/09/our-attention-activates-our-desire/

That was the theme of my morning meditation. Our attention activates our desire.

Wow!

Today, our attention is at war with technology so it makes it more challenging than ever to have our attention in the right spots.

In a recent blog from Adam Hergenrother, he discusses simplifying your life and how challenging that really is.

When you live in a world of abundance trying to keeps things simple to make sure your attention is where it needs to be is our new world war.

Our world’s attention is fragmented.

We live in the the 4th industrial revolution which is quite amazing and profound.

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I’m not saying you need to say no to all digital things!

This is the new world we live in and there are so many cool benefits. At the same time, these amazing tools can be quite distracting and hurt all kinds of things in your life.

I’m heading out of town for a bit with my wife and when I go on these adventures, I choose to leave my phone at home so I can focus on us.

Our attention activates and manifests our desire.

If I would like to fill the relationship cup up then it’s very important to me to have my wife Kendel have my FULL attention not one that is fragmented.

If we are going to win this battle or war, we really do have to redesign our relationship with technology.

Redesign, not forgo completely.

The average person spends almost 3 hours per day on mobile phone usage.

Amazing!

The solution has a lot to do with simplifying.

It’s all about minimizing.

We hear a lot about minimizing your things but what about minimizing your digital life?

Minimalism is all about mindset! It’s all about freeing up bandwidth so you can focus on the real things that matter most.

In an article from Medium titled Digital Minimalism: How to Simplify Your Online Life by Dan Sylvester, he states: “You become intentional with what you choose to do and own and how it impacts your way of living, thinking, and perspective on life.”

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” — Leonardo da Vinci

To add value to life, think subtraction. Think of what you can remove.

Less is more.

One of my mantras is live intentionally.

If we are going to live intentionally then we also need to be intentional with our use of technology.

Dan continues in the article:

Here’s Cal Newport definition of digital minimalism:

“Digital minimalism is a philosophy that helps you question what digital communication tools (and behaviors surrounding these tools) add the most value to your life. It is motivated by the belief that intentionally and aggressively clearing away low-value digital noise, and optimizing your use of the tools that really matter, can significantly improve your life.”

It’s cleaning up your digital life to use just what you need in the most efficient way possible.

It’s time to question whether a particular piece of technology — email, social media, internet browsing, the phone — is adding or removing value to your life.

“Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler.” — Albert Einstein

Awareness of the value add to your life is a crucial one if our relationship with the current and upcoming digital tech!