Where Attention Goes, Energy Flows: What Are You Allowing to Make You Miserable?

Where Attention Goes, Energy Flows: What Are You Allowing to Make You Miserable?

Where Attention Goes, Energy Flows: What Are You Allowing to Make You Miserable?

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I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet. ~ Mahatma Gandhi Click To Tweet

Human beings are unique entities on this planet. We are easily distracted by outside influences other creatures are not aware of. Many of these influences are created as a means of distraction from real problems in the world, but they are also a product of capitalism.

Just look at Facebook. There was a time when you weren’t bombarded by advertisements in your news feed, but those days are no longer. Everything you click on during any visit to the internet is dedicated towards target marketing. That’s why after you look at something on Amazon.com, you’ll see an ad for that product while reading an article on this, or most likely, any other website you visit.

Your distraction is not only about selling goods and services though; there’s more to it than that. There’s a constant battle for attention and interest in our current world, because there’s just so much to see, know, and do. Yes, this has always been so, but since the advent of the internet it’s magnified ad infinitum. With the benefit of mass amounts of information comes the added burden of having to sort through a sea of ideas, products, people, and stories.

What Are You Paying Attention To?

Ask yourself this question: when you get up in the morning, what is the first thing you look at? Do you have a photo next to your bed of your loved ones? Perhaps you have a clock right beside you on your nightstand. If you are like many others, you probably look at your cell phone. This obsession with technology is widespread, yet it remains questionable as to whether or not it has a positive impact on not only our brains.

Since the brain controls our sense of self, our emotional well-being, and our physicality, it is important that we ask ourselves this question. How does what we take in affect our brains? While the data is still being accumulated, and is thus inconclusive, the debate over whether or not the non-ionizing radiation from cell phones is a culprit in causing cancer continues to rage. This is just one example of numerable gray areas in which our use of technology has outpaced our knowledge of its effects.  

With Technology Comes Good & Bad Information

Our physical bodies are not the only thing affected by the overwhelming amount of information available at the tap of a button. A person’s mental health can easily become damaged by spending too much time engaging in media, especially that which has a negative message. The old adage, ‘you are what you eat’, should really be, ‘you are what you consume, including media’.

Thich Nhat Hanh writes in Peace is Every Step: 

“Watching a bad TV program, we become the TV program…We must become aware of which programs do harm to our nervous systems, minds, and hearts and which programs benefit us.”

The nervous system is incredibly sensitive. It impacts our entire being. Taking in too much negative energy, whether visually, through our auditory senses, or even through negative physical contact, changes who you are as a person.

How Energy Affects Us

Electric eels are interesting creatures. They actually have different frequencies, just like radios do. If two eels come too close to one another, they each change frequency to avoid interference with electrolocation. This is an extreme example, because humans do not have the same type of electrical energy as these fish, but our bodies do emit an energetic charge. This charge can be influenced by the type of feelings we have inside of us at any given moment.

The phrase ‘misery loves company’ is totally accurate. When you are depressed or angry, you don’t want to be around someone who is feeling good and happy about their lives. It creates envy and adds to your unhappiness, right? The opposite is true as well. Those people who are feeling good about themselves don’t want to be dragged down by someone who just wants to spend the day wallowing in her misery.

Positivity attracts positivity. Negativity repels those who feel good because they don’t want to let their happiness go when they have it. It is fleeting after all, especially for people who struggle just to get up in the morning. So, when you have a moment of bliss, you want to hold onto it, of course. Sometimes, however, this is far more of a challenge than people realize.

Focusing On Keeping Your Energy Positive

Staying positive in the wake of all the negative things going on around us can be a gargantuan feat. After all, there’s war, destruction of the environment, homelessness, civil unrest… the list goes on.

Yet, we don’t have to allow ourselves to take on the agony of the entire planet. It is a choice. Christians believe that the devil is the reason why we become fooled and fall into despair. However, regardless of your belief system, it is impossible to deny that the energy of our own being affects those around us. When we are happy, we strive to make others happy. When we are angry or feel cast away we lash out, creating sorrow for those we are surrounded by.

This is also reflected in the programs we watch, the articles we read, the music we listen to, and the visual images we take in. When we seek out positivity and light (in whatever form we find it in — no two people, nor their tastes, are alike), our minds become relaxed and at peace. When we focus on the bad things going on around us, anxiety and fear take over.

Where do you want your energy to go?

The question is, which do you want in your life? If you want more peace of mind than not, enthusiastic and fulfilling relationships and endeavours, and a sense of meaning and purpose,  you must seek it, simple as that. Surround yourself with like-minded, positive energy and in turn, that is what you will end up creating. By enveloping yourself in the latest scandal or depressing news story, you’ll only find more small-mindedness, cynicism, paranoia and misery.

Look within yourself to recognize the habits you have which bring grief to your life. Is it necessary to view every post of your favorite actresses’ Instagram page? If you think so, take a moment the next time you do so and bring some awareness to the emotion you’re feeling in the moment — does it actually make you feel good about yourself, and your life in general?  

Give your attention to things that invigorate, inspire, touch your heart and remind you of what it means to be human in this world, because each of us only has so much time on this planet, and I don’t need to tell you that we need all the help we can get.

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I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet. ~ Mahatma Gandhi Click To Tweet

Human beings are unique entities on this planet. We are easily distracted by outside influences other creatures are not aware of. Many of these influences are created as a means of distraction from real problems in the world, but they are also a product of capitalism.

Just look at Facebook. There was a time when you weren’t bombarded by advertisements in your news feed, but those days are no longer. Everything you click on during any visit to the internet is dedicated towards target marketing. That’s why after you look at something on Amazon.com, you’ll see an ad for that product while reading an article on this, or most likely, any other website you visit.

Your distraction is not only about selling goods and services though; there’s more to it than that. There’s a constant battle for attention and interest in our current world, because there’s just so much to see, know, and do. Yes, this has always been so, but since the advent of the internet it’s magnified ad infinitum. With the benefit of mass amounts of information comes the added burden of having to sort through a sea of ideas, products, people, and stories.

What Are You Paying Attention To?

Ask yourself this question: when you get up in the morning, what is the first thing you look at? Do you have a photo next to your bed of your loved ones? Perhaps you have a clock right beside you on your nightstand. If you are like many others, you probably look at your cell phone. This obsession with technology is widespread, yet it remains questionable as to whether or not it has a positive impact on not only our brains.

Since the brain controls our sense of self, our emotional well-being, and our physicality, it is important that we ask ourselves this question. How does what we take in affect our brains? While the data is still being accumulated, and is thus inconclusive, the debate over whether or not the non-ionizing radiation from cell phones is a culprit in causing cancer continues to rage. This is just one example of numerable gray areas in which our use of technology has outpaced our knowledge of its effects.  

With Technology Comes Good & Bad Information

Our physical bodies are not the only thing affected by the overwhelming amount of information available at the tap of a button. A person’s mental health can easily become damaged by spending too much time engaging in media, especially that which has a negative message. The old adage, ‘you are what you eat’, should really be, ‘you are what you consume, including media’.

Thich Nhat Hanh writes in Peace is Every Step: 

“Watching a bad TV program, we become the TV program…We must become aware of which programs do harm to our nervous systems, minds, and hearts and which programs benefit us.”

The nervous system is incredibly sensitive. It impacts our entire being. Taking in too much negative energy, whether visually, through our auditory senses, or even through negative physical contact, changes who you are as a person.

How Energy Affects Us

Electric eels are interesting creatures. They actually have different frequencies, just like radios do. If two eels come too close to one another, they each change frequency to avoid interference with electrolocation. This is an extreme example, because humans do not have the same type of electrical energy as these fish, but our bodies do emit an energetic charge. This charge can be influenced by the type of feelings we have inside of us at any given moment.

The phrase ‘misery loves company’ is totally accurate. When you are depressed or angry, you don’t want to be around someone who is feeling good and happy about their lives. It creates envy and adds to your unhappiness, right? The opposite is true as well. Those people who are feeling good about themselves don’t want to be dragged down by someone who just wants to spend the day wallowing in her misery.

Positivity attracts positivity. Negativity repels those who feel good because they don’t want to let their happiness go when they have it. It is fleeting after all, especially for people who struggle just to get up in the morning. So, when you have a moment of bliss, you want to hold onto it, of course. Sometimes, however, this is far more of a challenge than people realize.

Focusing On Keeping Your Energy Positive

Staying positive in the wake of all the negative things going on around us can be a gargantuan feat. After all, there’s war, destruction of the environment, homelessness, civil unrest… the list goes on.

Yet, we don’t have to allow ourselves to take on the agony of the entire planet. It is a choice. Christians believe that the devil is the reason why we become fooled and fall into despair. However, regardless of your belief system, it is impossible to deny that the energy of our own being affects those around us. When we are happy, we strive to make others happy. When we are angry or feel cast away we lash out, creating sorrow for those we are surrounded by.

This is also reflected in the programs we watch, the articles we read, the music we listen to, and the visual images we take in. When we seek out positivity and light (in whatever form we find it in — no two people, nor their tastes, are alike), our minds become relaxed and at peace. When we focus on the bad things going on around us, anxiety and fear take over.

Where do you want your energy to go?

The question is, which do you want in your life? If you want more peace of mind than not, enthusiastic and fulfilling relationships and endeavours, and a sense of meaning and purpose,  you must seek it, simple as that. Surround yourself with like-minded, positive energy and in turn, that is what you will end up creating. By enveloping yourself in the latest scandal or depressing news story, you’ll only find more small-mindedness, cynicism, paranoia and misery.

Look within yourself to recognize the habits you have which bring grief to your life. Is it necessary to view every post of your favorite actresses’ Instagram page? If you think so, take a moment the next time you do so and bring some awareness to the emotion you’re feeling in the moment — does it actually make you feel good about yourself, and your life in general?  

Give your attention to things that invigorate, inspire, touch your heart and remind you of what it means to be human in this world, because each of us only has so much time on this planet, and I don’t need to tell you that we need all the help we can get.

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