For we walk by faith, not by sight. (2 Corinthians 5:7)
Thirty years ago, would anyone believe our lives would revolve around a thin, rectangular slab of glass and metal. We couldn’t imagine the need for a phone on our person at all times. Then, to find out that this phone rarely gets calls. We send words and even sentences to each other, instead of talking on the phones we carry around. We use these slabs as computers, that can put just about everything at our disposal. We wouldn’t believe it, because we couldn’t believe it. Cell phones are just one example of the fast-changing world we live in.
According to Kevin Kelly, in his book, “The Inevitable,” the next 30 years are going to go infinitely faster. Soon, we will not need to carry around the glass and metal slab. The technology will quickly become so small it will be with us always. We will be able to access the internet from our glasses or contact lenses. We will not need a Garmin, because the maps will be displayed in front of our eyes. We will summon music from Siri or Alexa, but it will be minute and a part of our bodies.
As cars become driverless, cars will be transformed into workstations and entertainment centers. The WiFi in our cars will be more expansive than in our homes. Technology will become just another appendage on our bodies. There is only one problem. How do we ever relax and become mindful of God’s still small voice? One of my favorite writers is a Vietnamese monk, Thich Nhat Hanh. He challenges us to live with mindfulness. He calls us to free our minds from chaos and clutter, and enter the simplicity of meditation and enjoying the simple pleasures, like a walk in the woods.
Thich Nhat Hanh says, in his book, “The Miracle of Mindfulness,” “I like to walk alone on country paths, rice plants and wild grasses on both sides, putting each foot down on the earth in mindfulness, knowing that I walk on the wondrous earth.” When we walk in mindfulness, we see the simple miracles around us. The miracles of wind on our face, the smell of freshly cut grass, the crunch of our boots against snow and ice. Today, take a walk, but turn off the cell phone and don’t listen to music. Just walk, attempting to notice every little bit of the sidewalk, and sights around you. The more you empty your mind the more room God has to fill it with Divine thoughts and feelings.