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Whose thoughts are you thinking? Morning strategies concerning Internet

internetPosted by Apr 07, 2013 05:02
A few days ago, I said that I would explain why I then hadn't posted anything here for some days in a separate post. Here is that explanation.

Let me first just explain what had happened in those days. After I woke up, I had had a good start initially: I had kept lying in bed, to let my awareness naturally re-adjust itself into being in my body again; I had felt the inspiration come to this body; and this had resulted in me wanting to write something, perhaps on my blog, or on some scientific paper. So far, an excellent start. Never do anything unless you feel really inspired to. However, what I did then was to start the computer, and then log in to facebook, to see what had happened during the night. And then I saw all sorts of status-updates, links to interesting and not-so-interesting texts - which I browsed through, and went to some of the links, to follow up some of the seemingly most interesting links. And, without really noticing it, my original purpose had gone astray, and I had gotten sidetracked into all sorts of other lines-of-thoughts. Even more, many of these links described all sorts of problems going on in the society, which I got more-or-less upset about. And even though this might have resulted in me re-posting some of these links on my own page (and thus fulfilling one of my - in my veiw - obligations as a citizen: to spread important ideas), this had taken quite some time, perhaps 2-3 hours. And, worst of all, I didn't feel inspired anymore. I instead felt a bit stressed about not having done anything real yet. I knew that I perhaps could get back to the original inspiration with some work, but it felt far away. And the situation was not the same now as then: now I soon would have to go and get some food. And if I now spent the time to go back to the original inspiration, only to write a stupid blog post, almost half the day would have gone by without me actually doing anything. In short, I was in a bad place, and the once seemingly really inspired idea had been lost and turned into a bad start.

Now, let's diagnose this process a bit, before I turn to my new and more functional morning strategy.

The main problem with going online, and into social networks, news outlets, etc, is that you are being presented to a wide and quite diverse set of thoughts in a short period of time. Thoughts that are not your own, but others'. Most of those thoughts are pretty far away from your original vibrational set-point, but when you see the texts/titles/pictures you have no choice but to think the corresponding thoughts. The second, related, problem is that thoughts in internet are very linked to each other, so that it is very easy to attract more thoughts of the same character. In other words, the law of attraction is very prominent online, because you are dealing with easy-moving thoughts, and not physical objects (which have a much higher "inertia"). This does not have to be a problem, but it does mean that you are more likely to "spiral away" into tangents, by clicking on some link, which leads to other links, comments, etc. The final point of diagnosis has to do with a big topic: loss of body awareness.

When you are online, you are less likely to remember the feelings in your body while working at the computer. This is because Internet is a sort of virtual reality, where your body isn't necessary (except for your fingers which are writing without you really thinking about it). This loss of body-awareness is almost always a problem, no matter what the situation: in fact, I think that the degree to which you are present in your body is one of the most reliable parameter for how good you feel, and a 2h yoga-program can actually be seen as a 2h journey back to a sound body-awareness. One of the reasons for this importance, and which is prominent when you are online, is that if you are feeling bad, you are not really in a natural position to do something about it. Your body all the time tells you how you are feeling, including the goodness/badness of your current thought, but when you are focusing on the virtual reality of the Internet, you are less likely to use that feeling to adjust your state. You will typically not start to move your body to feel better, or to stretch out tensed muscles, and you will even less likely listen to your body's signals telling you if your current thought is good for you or not. Instead, it is quite easy and common to be online, feeling bad, and to project that bad-feeling to whatever is going on online. I think that this mechanism is one important and seldom mentioned reason why internet hatred is so prominent. It is so easy to come to a bad-feeling place online, and to stop using your normal regulatory systems for getting back to a good-feeling place again.

In any case, let me come back to my new strategy, which I am currently experimenting with. I am still starting the day as before: lying in bed, adjusting, feeling the inspiration come (perhaps aided by some morning yoga or meditation), whereafter I then - and only then - start to go out into life. However, now in this new strategy I am not turning on the internet. In other words, now when I am writing these words, I am writing them in a text editor, and after I am finished here, I will as the first thing I do online, post this text. In other words, I will only think my own thoughts for a much longer time. After that start, I then go on in whatever way I feel like. But I then do that with the base-feeling of already having done something, of being in a wonderful day of inspired action. And that feeling of control, that feeling of being behind the wheels, is almost the definition of feeling good.

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