We live in a world where we think that the worst thing that could happen to us is if for some reason we lost phone service, or even worse if we lost the internet. We have come to rely on the internet for so much that we never take the time to reflect on anything, and we never spend much time away from our devices.
In recent months I have been taking the time to meditate daily. Even though it is only ten minutes a day, I have noticed that it gives me a great time to think. During that time I have told myself that there won't be any external distractions. I won't check my phone, I won't listen to music, etc. Sitting still for ten minutes is something that when I started was really difficult, but I can see that with practice it has become easier.
Even if sitting still on the floor is not something that you would be interested in, there are still many other ways that you can take some time to think. Maybe next time you are walking, don't take any music, and instead just use the time to think. Maybe you want to start even smalller, what if one day a week instead of turning on the radio in your car, you allow yourself to think. If there are other people in the car, then this gives you a chance to talk to them instead of just being forced to listen to a bunch of news that does nothing but build stress.
Once you begin thinking about different things then you can realize that you cojuld have possibly done something better. This time of thinking allows you to dissect what has been going on in your life, and extract the lessons from the experiences.
I recently heard someone be asked what she would want her superpower to be. She said that she didn't want to be able to read minds because she couldn't even understand her own mind. She was definitely right on that. We don't understand our own minds. One minute we are doing a calculus problem on our homework, and the next moment we might be drawing a duck in the middle of the same problem.
Unless we take the time periodically to think about what is going on, then we can't learn from our experiences and our mind becomes full of things that we can't understand. Once we begin to think then we will begin to understand our own mind, and we will have a better grasp of how other people view the world.
In our culture we live in a time where it is the social norm to just sit passively allowing our minds to be filled with other people's opinions. We never take the time to think about these opinions and whether or not we actually agree with these opinions. To many the idea of understanding their own minds scares them, so they would rather sit and allow someone else to control the thoughts that they have by controlling the opinions that you have access to.