Quieten Your Mind

Information Overload

The concept of information overload has been around for longer than the phrase and even in the 3rd (or possibly 4th) century BCE the writer of Ecclesiastes 12:12 was complaining that “of making books there is no end”.

Throughout history there have been complaints about information overload particularly during the Renaissance and the industrial revolution periods. However, the dawn of the information age and access to powerful web search and data overload on automated basis has brought us more information than at any other point in history.

Managing information in daily life is no longer restricted to a wealthy elite but is a problem which faces nearly everyone. Social media, e-mail, web pages, mobile apps, newsletters etc. all spill data into our lives daily. Our minds look for relief from this constant onslaught of often useless data, distraction becomes the norm! It can block out your spriitual and soul connection with yourself.

Quieten your mind and your soul will speak, Geo

KOKORO: In Japanese, there are three words for “heart”: shinzou, which refers to the physical organ, ha-to, which is the Anglicized word for a love heart, and kokoro, which means… well, that’s more difficult to explain.

“Kokoro is well understood in Japanese, but difficult to explain in English,” says Yoshikawa Sakiko, director of Kyoto University’s. Conceptually, it unites the notions of heart, mind, and spirit: It sees these three elements as being indivisible from one other. “For example if we say, ‘She has a good kokoro,’ it means heart and spirit and soul and mind all together.”

One of the problems of discussing kokoro in English is that by linking words—heart and spirit and mind—with “and,” we imply divisions that simply don’t exist in Japanese. But in this Eastern culture, the three aren’t intrinsically linked as one: In our western society we see the world divided up.

Researchers are beginning to break down conceptual barriers and explore what artists, writers, mystics, and dreamers of many cultures have long acknowledged: the mysterious tie between heart, mind, and soul. a.k.a., kokoro.

Taking an interrelated view of our thoughts, feelings, desires and soul into account in order to understand ourselves and human experience. I use meditation to quieten my mind to hear my soul and spirit speak.

Self-awareness, humility, and empathy are in short supply these days, and that is truly tragic. Mindfulness is not something that is projected outward. Rather, it starts internally and draws people close.

Quieten your mind and your soul will speak, Geo

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