Have you ever heard the term "Monkey Mind" and laughed with the visual of a bunch of monkeys jumping around being crazy and wild? And can you relate to a feeling of having those little monkeys running around in your head causing your thoughts to bounce from one thing to the next and making it difficult to concentrate on what you're doing or get anything done? We are bombarded with millions of bits of information every second of the day. Our brain has to sort, dump, and store based on relevance and importance for our survival and to insure that we enjoy pleasure and avoid pain. In today's society - television programs, commercials, and even YouTube have us eager to input micro-blasts of information and entertainment - rapid fire commando style. We look for instant gratification, expect to point-click, and get what we want. The faster you can get results -the better, and if it takes more than a few minutes you don't feel like you have time to wait. Does this lifestyle make sense to you? Are you happy having to check your cell phone and text messages every couple of minutes? Do you ever reach a feeling of overwhelm? Wonder why you can't get it all done? Have you ever gotten completely frustrated with your progress? Or just wish you could have a moment to think! I love the benefits of technology...but wonder where all the humans went? We used to leave for work and had a peaceful drive with no distractions so we could pay attention to the road. If someone needed to call us it was at work or home...If you weren't in one of these two places your time was your own AND your mind was your own! Now we're running to check email, voicemail, the in-box, out-box, text messages, snail mail, facebook, twitter, blogs...and the list goes on! Used to be if you planned a workout, you'd commune with nature on a bike or run. Stay inside for a workout and there wasn't a TV in front of every treadmill to distract you from paying attention to what your body was doing and how it's feeling. And now we're a society that's getting bigger & bigger because it's "faster" and more convenient (or so we think..) to eat out than to shop, chop, and cook a healthy meal at home. It seems like everything we're doing is to try and juggle the frantic flurry of information. There are so many things we have to do right now! We are constantly being bombarded with so many things that rarely do we take a moment to "stop and smell the roses," or tune in and quiet the pace.
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