Identifying if you are experiencing too much noise in the information coming into your life will be just the beginning of your constant evolution as a wise and caring human being.
So much information; constant, streaming, intriguing, overloading information.
We have all that interests us constantly surrounding us as we choose which blogs to follow, pages to like, and notifications to alert us.
We see these amazing life affirming quotes and feel motivation, and inspiration. We read the “how to” articles and feel knowledgeable. We see the photos and want to visit those places. But we are encased in all this information, preventing many of the actual actions we affirm to do. We read, watch, search, and learn but we are now rarely doing.
I love all the information, the constant learning. I love reading, watching and seeing it all. I love the quotes, beautiful poems and the stunning images streaming at me all day, everyday.
But honestly, I am starting to feel a little overwhelmed.
I actually feel like I want to find the power point and I want to unplug.
I need the forced shut down, my own entertainment world’s black screen of death. I need something to push me out the door so I can put this information into practice.
Sure, to a degree I do use and take on board the information. But the problem is the “experience” component of putting it into practice is where I am limiting myself. Instead I am giving the unlimited card to the information coming in. It should be the other way around, until my knowledge has the most important component to accompany it, the experience.
At present the output is only flowing until the next “like” that prompts a check, until a photo is taken I want to share, then a scroll through the updates follows. I am sucked back into the stream and off I go, caught in the current.
I have the knowledge but am lacking the life experience to go with it all. I have become a back seat driver in many of the life lessons I am learning.
So now I need to take the break. I need to pull the plug and gain some more of the life experience. With having done so before I know the difference in myself from the quiet output, to the noisy input and when I am overindulging in it.
I have created a habit from something unhealthy; as is often the case, and I need a detox to now follow. I need to prepare myself for withdrawals and remember the good that will come once I reach the other side.
As I am a person of extremes and all or nothing, I will have to go “cold turkey” until the drawing feeling passes, and then I can slowly reintroduce a healthy level of this noise back into my life.
This is what works for me and I am grateful at having already done the work of listening to myself to know that.
If you are resonating with this but are unsure of the approach that will work for you, the first step is getting to know how you handle craving and aversion. How you work in complete indulgence right through to understanding the emotions you go through when things, people, possessions, and dreams are taken away from you.
Once you step back and view your behavior and understand it you can appropriately mange it, and use this method to grow in countless ways. Merely identifying if you are experiencing too much noise from the information coming into your life will be just the beginning of your constant evolution as a wise and caring human being.
Photo: Flickr/Mark Hunter