I have a theory that there are two types of people in this world. People who enjoy reading books and people who enjoy reading magazines. Sounds weird right? But, think about how each group processes information.
The bookies like to dive into a long story because they absorb information at a slower rate and they get off on being fully immersed into the lengthy description of the novel like they are watching a movie. While the maggies are quick processors. They want short fragments of information to entertain their brains.
Maybe I have an old bookie soul with a slow brain, but the high speed nature of some social media apps drives me nuts. The other day I plopped down on the bed next to my 13-year old daughter to check out what she was applying her attention towards. She was scrolling through TikTok, an app highly used by teens.
Before I could wrap my mind around what I was staring at, she swiped her finger and was on to the next thing. So I concentrated on this new topic in her feed and before you know it, she moved onto another.
“Whoa Nellie!” I said. “Why did you move onto the next thing? I was just getting into this one.” “Because each post is only 15-seconds or less,” she replied. Fifteen seconds??? My brain is just starting to turn on after 30-seconds of input. I could never keep up.
She showed me some dances that were trending on this app. I was so eager to learn them. But, in 15-seconds the excitement was over. That’s it? A 15-second snippet of a song and your done? I felt myself craving the complete dance moves to an entire song.
This fast-paced world is really freaking me out. But, I find myself feeling impatient if a friend sends me a video and I have to commit more than three minutes to watch it. And my attention span has become significantly shorter with all the under-a-minute input we are bombarded with on a daily basis.
These incessant, short inputs of information we continuously receive through social media, TV and marketing put our nervous system into fight or flight mode as if we are under attack. Our adrenals rev up to overdrive in order to protect us from this army of information being thrown our way. Not a healthy state to reside in. This week’s 22-minute FREE Hatha Yoga Class, Yoga for Focus, is all about developing your ability to pay attention. Through breath work such as Breath of Fire and single leg balancing postures you will enhance your ability to bring your awareness to the hear and now.
Yoga with Meditation Mutha is for everyBODy. Please join me in this opportunity to bring your awareness to the present moment.
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