Information Overload

April 14, 2013

breatheHave you noticed what’s happened? The pace of our lives has increased in a major way. In the past 20 years, our world has been Facebooked and Twittered and emailed into high speed.

Sometimes I wake up in the morning, turn on my computer, and feel absolutely overwhelmed with the sheer number of emails demanding my attention…watch this video, sign up for this webinar, buy this product, shop this sale, read this blog post, etc etc etc.

On the rare occasions when I log onto Facebook, I find myself instantly agitated by the options before me. Should I click to watch this video? Should I read this person’s status update? Oooh look someone posted pictures of their vacation in Hawaii! Hey this person just liked this other person’s status…

It’s endless. And the problem is that our nervous systems haven’t quite caught up. We are not designed to absorb the enormous quantity of information streaming toward us from all directions, all the time. Our only choice is to filter most of it out, but even the filtering process creates a stress on our systems.

We do not live in a culture that promotes being over doing. We do not live in a culture that encourages silence and looking inward. But these things are essential to healing. They are essential to living a balanced and centered and healthy life.

Lately, when I feel this overwhelm take hold, I’ve been turning everything off and sitting in front of my altar (where I’ve placed candles, sage, and incense, and some images that make me feel good) and I go back to the basics. The most basic act of being human, in fact. I simply breathe.

It’s challenging for me to turn off my monkey brain and turn a blind eye to my to-do list, so I focus on the breath by breathing in and out through my nose and simply noticing the way the breath feels warmer coming out my nostrils than it did going in. Putting my attention on this subtle temperature shift is enough to keep me present. It helps me to slow the pace of our webcentric world and reclaim the pace me and my nervous system prefer.

If the ride’s going too fast, you can always hop off and take a break. You just have to remember that you have that option.

4 Responses to Information Overload

  1. Pam on May 2, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    Karen, yes your posts are very thought provoking and beneficial. It seems like I see a sense of dismay or unrest in your response to Mary. I hope that you are doing OK and are able to go to that special place within and bring out peace and joy and happiness. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    By the way, did you ever find out your results from the thermography that you had last December?

    Have a great day! Pam

    • Karen Gordon on May 2, 2013 at 6:33 pm

      thanks pam! i appreciate your concern. i feel good! 🙂 as for the thermogram, yes, i received the results that day. i spoke about it in the post – it showed that i had excessive yeast in my system and several viruses that had been there since i was a teenager. are you thinking about having one done?

  2. Mary Brooks on April 16, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    Karen, what would I do without you? Every blog I identify with, and so could anyone. Thanks for keeping me feeling comforted that there is someone else out there who just gets it, and isn’t afraid to be honest and say it.

    • Karen on April 17, 2013 at 3:16 am

      thank you so much mary. that means a lot to me and comments like this are what keep me going (when oftentimes i am not sure i should…). much love…karen

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