In a digital world with access to gigabytes of information, one would think that we’re more informed, more educated and more enlightened. On the face of it, this appears to ring true. Google brings us everything we need, wherever we are. Artificial Intelligence [AI], even though clouded in a hail of apocalyptic predictions, is a creation of humans. Oprah, Iyanla, Prince Ea, Jay Shetty and many more, have millions of followers lapping up their snippets of wisdom daily. And social media keeps us informed on too many levels.
The rise of technology has also played a significant role in changing the power dynamic. Access to WIFI is the new currency and those without, well, they’ve always been without. This disadvantage only pushes them further down the rungs of inequality.
But like everything created in the Universe, it has an equal, but opposite charge that is necessary to maintain equilibrium.
There’s no doubt that technology has, and will continue to, bring about developments and advantages that will benefit humankind in extraordinary ways. And that is exciting. But like everything created in the Universe, it has an equal, but opposite charge that is necessary to maintain equilibrium.
We’ve created digital noise that’s difficult to turn off since it has permeated every aspect of our lives. It’s no longer just the radio, television and landline. It’s a barrage of portable pieces that go everywhere, even into the toilet. Soon, they’ll be waterproof, so they can take a shower with us. What, someone’s done that already?
I’m not immune to moments of self-doubt, fear and frustration – my two under 5 play a huge role in that – but I believe I’ve made some headway.
I’ve made it clear, I’ve struggled to find my power within. For decades. I’m not immune to moments of self-doubt, fear and frustration – my two under 5 play a huge role in that – but I believe I’ve made some headway. I feel like an undergraduate, going through the motions and making progress, but nowhere near my Masters. All in good time. So, how do we navigate digital integration without giving up our power?
Indulge me as I try to remain relevant in this digital age with these three simple daily practices.
Futurists predict that humans will evolve into bionic humanoids in the next few centuries. Until then, we will remain souls having a human experience and the essence of our existence and Source. Whatever you would like to call It/Him/Her. We need to make time, daily, to shut out external distraction. Yes, this also includes your devices; find the off-button. And use the outlet that works for you; meditation, prayer, walking, exercising, reading, whatever allows you to block out the noise and clutter, and commune with the Master.
Not your data connection, your human connection. As long as we have blood running through our veins and not electric signals, we need to make real connection and bond with other souls. And it starts with the simple, little things, like asking ‘how are you?’ and not accepting the usual, ‘I’m ok’, but probing further. ‘What has made you happy or sad today?’ is sure to get a more engaged response. And for goodness sake, make eye contact. The eyes are the windows to the soul; a powerful connection.
There is no better way to recharge than to evoke a spirit of gratitude. For everything. That you can read this message. That you made it to your destination. That you’re able to eat and drink, smell, touch, hear, speak and be understood. That today is another opportunity to make a difference as you have a choice. That’s power. And I find that being grateful is infectious. Once you appreciate the smaller, simple things, the more significant stuff starts to arrive. Like unexpected gifts, always welcome and appreciated, but with no expectation.
These may be simple practices, but they are not ‘easy’. They require consciousness and determination. And blessings always come in threes. So, go ahead, reclaim your power!