I just downloaded this sweet little app for my phone called NOM, AKA, Notifications of Mindfulness and I thought I’d write a blog post about it because today NOM let me know that I should be a fucking super star! HELL YES!!
Since I’ve been in therapy I’ve been trying to increase my mindfulness. And for the most part, I’ve been failing! Once in a while you realize…I am being totally mindful right now without even realizing it…and this is usually when you’re engrossed in something so deeply that all your concentration is on what you’re doing (like when I was shoveling my deck the other day..what joy! Or when I’m playing with my cat. Animals are always mindful and being bitten and scratched by a kitten will definitely get you there!). Other times you are lost within your head, in thoughts, which means you are not being mindful of what is actually happening in your life. And let me tell you…most of the suffering in this world is created during those times stuck in your mind! That’s why we need to GET the hell OUT!!
So in an effort to be mindful, I thought…I just need someone to send me a text several times a day, reminding me to be mindful in the moment I receive the text. Sounds pretty simple, right? Too bad no one seems to offer this service! WTH?! There’s a market people!! But then I thought…well…they must have an app for that. They meaning the interwebs. It has to exist!
So I searched in my Google Play store for an app for my Droid phone. Yup…I said DROID. Judge me Apple users! Anywhoo…there were lots of mindfulness apps, but I couldn’t find one that did exactly what I wanted it to do, until I found NOM.
The cool thing about NOM is that for only $1.50 you can have this cool little app on your phone which will allow you to enter your own mindfulness quotes, saying and reminders. That’s the awesomest part in the world. You can customize it to kick you in the pants on a regular basis and remind you to be mindful! YES!! And to me…this is sweet. I don’t want some random quotes coming up that don’t have anything to do with me or my struggle and there are plenty of apps that will do this. And they can be helpful too. But I think having the ability to customize is pretty freaking sweet.
So, here’s a list of a few of the quotes and sayings I entered into NOM (I apologize that I don’t have who said the quote because I didn’t add that into the app):
You must live in the present. Launch yourself on every wave. Find your eternity in each moment.
What screws us up most in life is the picture in our head of how it’s “supposed” to be.
Thoughts are like waves. We can’t stop them from coming, but we can choose which ones to surf.
Tell the negative committee that meets in your head, to sit down and shut up.
Stop worrying so much. Worrying is using your imagination to create things you don’t want.
I feel my emotions and my pain. I reawaken my passion. I surrender to this moment.
Everything you’re running away from is in your head.
Don’t grasp, don’t reject, just notice.
Don’t believe everything you think. Thoughts are just thoughts.
So…you get the idea. I can enter all kinds of kick me in the pants advice to myself and it pops up randomly during the day. (and yes, you can control the settings as well for when the reminders show up.) I love that randomly, when I might be having a bad day or have to make a tough decision or am feeling tired and uninspired, I can see something that reminds me to be a fucking super star in this moment! Or to have gratitude for the things I have…it just gives me a new perspective and can change the outcome of my day…
What can you do today that will remind you to be a fucking super star? (BTW…thanks Ev, I think I got this from one of your many FB postings! Love it!!)
And now…for your reading enjoyment…an article about the 9 Essential Habits of Mentally Strong People.