Finding peace in the digital world

December 1, 2016 by Kati Reijonen

This guest blog is a part of our Christmas season blog series

When I lived in the South Pacific, the local people used to marvel at the easy lives of Western people. They watched us sitting at our computers, seemingly doing nothing, and yet enjoying what to them seemed like luxury lifestyles. Where did the money, the ‘‘cargo’’, come from?

What they did not know is that Westerners work now more than ever in the history of mankind. Our work never ends. We stare at the screen most of our waking hours. Our brains struggle under the constant flow of digital information.

#Google anything and you get millions of hits.

Our brains are not used to this sort of information overflow. This is one of the reasons why yoga, meditation and mindfulness have become so popular in recent years. People long for peace and quiet and a world they have some sense of control over.

In chaos we need presence.

#Can information technology help us to get present?

Yes and no.

IT certainly makes us interconnected. It helps spread good ideas. It can also help spread comfort and hope.

After the US presidential election shock Deepak Chopra went online and delivered soothing Facebook live-sessions to millions of people. For free. Instantly. From the comments his broadcasts received, one can conclude that this was much needed.

Computers are marvellous but they are better servants than masters. They cannot replace human touch. They also cannot simulate the healing power of nature.

We need to remember to switch off our devices and go to the real world every now and then. We need to smell the roses. And sometimes we need to close our eyes and take some deep breaths and get connected to our own central processing unit.

After a moment of calm awareness we can dive back into bit space and find our way in the mayhem, in a more centred and productive way.

Kati Reijonen

Dr Kati Reijonen is a Finnish design educator, published writer, blogger and meditation teacher. She is a mother of three grown up kids. She has worked on three continents and in seven languages. A few years ago, as a result of some major setbacks in her life, Kati decided to follow her true passion, writing. She is presently working on her second book in her native Finnish. In it she tries to make sense of what we call God. Kati blogs regularly on Huffington Post (English) and on her own blog Nollaus (Finnish).

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