I've been home for a couple of weeks now, but there are a few things I learned while traveling in India that have stuck with me. One lesson, in particular, made a huge impact and I've tried to keep it in mind on days that get really hectic, here in the states.
Do one thing at a time.
It sounds so trivial, but I found it peaceful, calming and really helpful.
A lot of our time was spent in areas where WiFi wasn't available, such as cabs, rickshaws or pool clubs meaning we were relegated to using cellular data. After awhile, it adds up and the phone carriers were sending daily texts and emails to the effect of "you've used $50 of international data; An additional 100 MB has been added to your account" and the mindless scrolls through twitter or Instagram were non-existent. This was on the second day. I was there for 3 weeks.
Instead, I enjoyed the car rides. When we were training in the pools, we were working with others and engaged in the teaching. And when we were eating, we were seated and enjoying company, during breakfast, lunch and dinner. It was wonderful! Only once I returned home did I realize how much time I spend mindlessly staring at my phone.
While I still play CandyCrush on the metro or flip through social media while watching the morning news, I'm more aware of the fact that I do it out of wanting "something" to do, more or less to kill time or, tell myself, multi-task. I try to put the phone down, have more conversations and observe what's going on around me. It helps to quiet my mind, to only focus on one thing at a time, and really take in life firsthand.
Do you do the same -- grab your phone when your bored, don't want to talk to someone or riding in a cab? Share your insight in the comments below.