I have umpteen self-help books on meditation and mindfulness.
Do I practice what they teach?
A bit of background: As a young lass in the cro-Magnon, pre-digital era, I signed up for a mantra. (Partly influenced by the fact that George Harrison was playing sitar and following the teachings of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi at that time).
I even recall my mantra. But today it goes something like Om…Om…OMG I forgot I have a dental appointment at 3:00.
How do I know this? My smart-ass phone just beeped.
OK. I realize this is a 1st world problem, but though I am thankful for the modern conveniences of our digital age, these days I crave mindfulness.
Am I contradicting myself by being on the blogosphere? Is this yet another distraction? If so, I am in company with the Good Gray Poet, Walt Whitman: “Do I contradict myself? Very well, then I contradict myself, I am large, I contain multitudes.”
At any rate, I left Chicago in the 1990’s and moved to Seattle. Mt. Rainier, the Pacific Ocean, the Hoh Rain Forest — all eye candy for me and my husband.
And something else called out that was new and exciting: the Internet. When we arrived to this high-tech city, the Internet was just a dirt road, not yet a superhighway, nor had it become The Cloud.
The Internet was cool; I enjoyed scootering on the dirt road. I created a health and safety intranet site for the organization I worked for. But then, during a walk on the beach, I spotted a young man wearing a t-shirt that said “Rage Against The Machine.”
The t-shirt was disconcerting enough, but at the time I was also reading a book titled I Live In The Future and Here’s How It Works: Why Your World, Work and Brain Are Being Creatively Disrupted:
“There needs to be a way to opt out of the constant retrieval of images, audio, and information. What do we do when the Internet or computers refuse to forget?”
And “The Internet is changing our concept of location, trust, space, time and connections.”
The dark web is undeniably out there today. But I like blogging.
Walt Whitman, will you please travel to the future and help me deal with these contradictions?