Church isn't the only meeting with the attention problem.I hate
going to meetings and inevitably someone "checks out" to check E-mail on
their phone and next thing you know we are just about to arrive on a consensus
and the guy/gal who "checked out" checks back in and wastes the time of
the rest of us. If I'm paid to be at the meeting and I'm
"not there", I'm not doing what I'm paid to do. If the
meeting isn't worth my full attention, generally I won't go or work
with the organizer to make the meeting shorter or more effective. Planned
breaks are smart for checking E-mail & messages and lets smokers get their
fix at the same time.
I'm not a particularly religious person but I've learned the value of
mindfulness meditation. It is near impossible to be mindful and live in the
moment when you have a phone buzzing in your pocket every so often.
I have stopped bringing my phone to church even though I have religious apps. I
now only bring paper scriptures and journals to church. My learning and
enjoyment at church has dramatically increased. I plan on continuing this new
habit. Even though cell phones can be a tool, they can distract us from what is
going on in the present and the people we are with.