Are You Overwhelmed?
Some thoughts on information overload and the path of non-violence.
Lately, I’ve been present to how information overwhelm is a subtle form of violence – a stressor on the nervous system that prevents me from actually embodying peace.
Have you noticed the way your body feels when you are working to take in all the information coming at you – to answer the phone, the SMS’s, the Skype, the IM’s, to read all the emails, to stay up to date on the latest breakthroughs, to track the emotions of your friends and partners, to maintain political participation, etc, etc, etc…???
There is a subtle and very important distinction between working in a curious and disciplined way to expand your capacity to assimilate new information, connections and experiences, and the place where it becomes an overwhelm to your system and thus inhibits optimal presence, assimilation, integration and action.
PEACE means navigating a healthy boundary between expanding your capacity and weeding your garden. It means breathing into the more to find flow.
Elegant, implicate presence and action arise in the space of “nothing extra” – a less-is-more simplicity that includes the full spectrum – from extreme momentum to doing nothing. This supports an inner experience of non-violence that cannot arise from over-pushing; it can only arise in flow. Listening for and acting from the “nothing extra” supports you to navigate this this post-2012, post-information, neo-time era, when the fields of time, space and information are nearing singularity, in a graceful way. It supports you to BE the zero point in action and in essence.
- How can you ground your nervous system in the context of immense amounts of information while staying open, alert and curious to new and important information and patterns?
- How can pattern recognition create a filter for information?
- How can you be ok with what you can’t attend to while vibrantly offering your presence and attention to what you can?
- How are expansion and containment related?