Unplug and Recharge.
Although I only teach yoga, I have noticed over the many years of bending and navel gazing that our society as whole is moving further and further into the future, with time becoming extremely fragmented between the digital and physical world.
And although they can co-exist quiet happily if we understand the nature of our minds it requires us to take the time to live in both places, by this I mean stop, unplug and recharge our hearts, and minds.
Digital time is different from real world time, it needs no breaks, food, or toilets. It may seem obvious to some of you but we aren’t build to live in this place, we are supposed to use it to assist us to have happier lives in the physical world.
In Ayurveda they discuss the three root causes of mental and physical breakdowns as disconnection from our physical and mental-selves;
Misuse of the Senses: Our senses are the portals through which we interact with the world. What we eat, see, hear, smell and touch can either bring us health or disease. We observe what is happening around us (How other people are behaving in news, film, real life etc. sounds and words of music, instructions directed at us, words on pages, images on screens all effect us). Another is new research finding when people feel emotional pain, the same areas of the brain get activated as when people feel physical pain: the anterior insula and the anterior cingulate cortex. In one study, these regions were activated when people experienced an experimental social rejection from peers. In another more real-life study, the same regions were activated when people who had recently broken up with romantic partners viewed pictures of the former partner. This why it is so important to check what you are putting into your engine.
Failure of the Intellect: This is simply to say look at all those times you could have done the goody two shoes thing but didn’t. That was because you have conditioned yourself to forget your true and beautiful nature as a good and sweet person. And with the correct support you can reset these.
Transformation and Decay Due to Time and Motion: The body ages faster when we are moving and slower when we slow down! But – more important than physical motion is the movement of the mind. When the mind is constantly in a state of internal chatter, biological time actually speeds up and we age more quickly! So when we spend our time in front of screens we are actually increasing the aging process. AHHH switch off right now….
But when the mind is perfectly still, as occurs in deep meditation, there is no passage of biological time, and this slows the aging process. This process of slowing our waking beta brainwaves to the slower states of alpha state, creates an environment in which the individual is fully aware of his/her surroundings but in a much more relaxed state of mind than beta. Meditation is often practiced in this state.
Even better is Theta is an even slower state perfect for daydreaming and intuitive thinking. During theta, brainwaves range from 5 to 8 cycles per second. It is the state between wakefulness and sleep. It is often in this state that answers to problems seem to appear. Deep meditation and prayer are practiced in the theta state.
As we navigate through the world, we are changed by a variety of experiences. One of the other disadvantages to trying to live in the digital world is that we miss these Theta states and more importantly we end up missing some of the beautiful stuff that is happening all around us.
Happily, Ayurveda, along with sister science Yoga can help us to reconnect to the real world creating harmony between our physical nature and our environment.
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