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On Mindfulness and Multitasking

Mindfulness. This catchy word seems to be everywhere lately. Be mindful, notice what is around you, and be fully engaged in the “here and now”. But is this realistic? Could any of us be fully engaged in every moment and remain functional in our lives? There is no doubt in the hustle and bustle of daily life that we are often multitasking on autopilot; driving a car, talking on the phone and listening to music or making dinner and helping kids with homework and thinking about that last business meeting and what needs to be done at work. This capability of going into our mind while completing another task physically is how we are able to problem solve, plan and move towards accomplishing future goals. It is also how we recall past events in order to make changes or continue with actions into our future. Is this inher