Relaxation is an art, antithesis to our ‘always on’ culture.
But it takes work to do nothing. Those tiny hits of dopamine are addictive.
The route to super-consciousness is paved with roadblocks, the least bit unplugging from the maelstrom of 24/7 news and unnecessary push messages.
We crave novelty
Chasing the rectangular glow for entertainment produces intense cognitive clutter. All the engagement makes us less happy in the end.
Distracted into busyness, we begin to decay into inanition. We miss the events unfolding in our day, permitting evil to spread as a consequence of blindness.
When we’re interacting in excess, we miss out on recharging and thinking. Disconnection is the only way to put the mind back into the mix.
The goal is not just to relax, per se, but to be free from collecting screen souvenirs. What we want to strive for is long-term serotonin.
To do great work a man must be very idle as well as very industrious.Samuel Butler
We fight for the present to turn idleness into concurrent exploration. Time ticks to the clock as the mind does to the brain. Breathe and stop, we can stave off the ludic loop.
Surrounded by accelerated context, moments of silence seem to be the only way to make anything click.