“PAUSE” And Escape Chaos

We live a life of interruptions. Unceasing stream of stimulations. Notifications from messengers, social media, emails, shopping apps, and a thousand more. It is killing our focus like death by a thousand paper cuts. We need apps to keep us focused and then they themselves keep us distracted. The urge to refresh and check for notifications is insatiable.

People get texts, and they respond. The responders then at some point become initiators, and the nintendo gaming goes on. Eventually, even the kids who don’t want to be attached to their phones don’t have such an easy choice. In a culture where everybody sends each other 200 texts a day, you get left out if you only send 30. We are no longer concerned about the fragmentation of our attention or our dependence on devices. Our devices are an extension of ourselves. Our devices were supposed to be our tools. May be it is time to pause and think who is the master and who is the tool.

Technology has brought us an abundance of information and uninterrupted connections with friends, family and employers. I refer to technology in a far broader sense than smartphones or computers. If unbalanced, it becomes the bringer of chaos.

The message of the world today is that if you want to hang on you better speed up, you better get used to the chaos, the maddening flurry of incessant action. But it’s useful to remind everyone that our basic needs never change. The need to be seen and appreciated. The need to belong. The need for nearness and care and love. This is given only through slowness, reflection and togetherness. There we will find real renewal.

We are building a place where we can pause and escape chaos.

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“PAUSE” And Find Peace

On this day, as we move into Dakshinayana (Summer Solstice/Midsummer), I begin a new journey. Dakshinayana is a time to strive and the harvest may come in Uttarayana. Just as all humans, I have been trying to find what is worth doing, trying to live an “examined” and a deliberate life. It has been a circuitous journey as I have wandered through history and ideas of Sophists and Pythagoreans, Platonists and Neo-Platonists, medieval fanatics and economic doctrinaires, romantics and nihilists. As I get older, and hopefully wiser, I have grown weary, disillusioned with most that the world has to offer, while being enthused by little.

While we keep on gaining pace, playing catch up, and running ahead, we lose our existential foothold in creativity awards. In the constant flux that we are thrown into we can’t find our sense of being, our sense of wholeness. While this sounds mushy, even esoteric, there is a specter of turmoil, pervasive and omnipresent. We seek slowness, we seek togetherness, we seek balance. We seek peace.

Over the next few weeks, I will share what I and my family are establishing for the world, to gain (and regain) our existential foothold, beginning with “svastha” (being established in self).

We are building a place where we can pause and find peace.

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