The op-ed was titled Addicted to Distraction by Tony Schwartz. How apropos as I cannot even recall how many hours I spent online beforehand, moving about from one place to another, like a restless child.
Schwartz writes, "Addiction is the relentless pull to a substance or an activity that becomes so compulsive it ultimately interferes with everyday life. By that definition, nearly everyone I know is addicted in some measure to the Internet. It has arguably replaced work itself as our most socially sanctioned addiction."
Whew! Well that was an answer to a much needed prayer. A question I most definitely recall asking myself lately. What the heck is wrong with me? Why can't I seem to focus?Why can't I write?
“The net is designed to be an interruption system, a machine geared to dividing attention,” Nicholas Carr explains in his book “The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains.” “We willingly accept the loss of concentration and focus, the division of our attention and the fragmentation of our thoughts, in return for the wealth of compelling or at least diverting information we receive.”
Straight forward and definitely to the point. Again, an answer to a prayer.
Synchronicity works like that. It works hand in hand with intuition and presents answers to our prayers sometimes within minutes. We just need to pay attention and better yet, look at everything around us with new eyes. I did in that moment and decided I needed more. I needed to buy the book.
On page 35 Carr answers yet another one of my most recent prayers, Why does it seem like I've lost a connection to my intuition lately?
"If we stop exercising our mental skills, we do not just forget them: the brain map space for those skills is turned over to the skills we practice instead." Ahh. Well that says it all.
Living intuitively takes practice. It is definitely a mental skill. Too many people think it is a gift that only comes to a special few. But through experience, I can assure you, that's just not true. It's about hearing that still, often small voice or feeling that we all have inside and then following through.
Next time I get that feeling, and I know you know that feeling too, that one that feels dark and heavy, like I'm wasting my time, I hope I remember what I've learned here today. Move away from the screen and breathe. Empty the mind and remember the gifts of living intuitively.