Runaway Brain. Downhill. No brakes. How did this happen?
Imagine a squirrel on a sugar high. Add in caffeine. He is surrounded by hundreds of acorns, scattered all around the base of a large tree. His pupils dilate. His heart races!
How do you decide which acorns to grab when you want them all?!? Every Acorn represents POSSIBILITY. "I NEED THEM ALL!!", his brain screams, as he frantically darts back and forth, shovelling in whatever he can, not even stopping to look if the acorns are good or not. No time for that. Need the next acorn.
This is a glimpse into how my brain used to operate. Many brains are moving in this direction, thanks to digital technology. We now have shorter average attention spans than goldfish. Yup. Goldfish. They have us beat by 1 second. 9 seconds instead of 8.
Why is this? Because there is an intense desire to consume as much information as possible, partly because there is so much available, and the fear of missing out.
How are we training our brains to operate? We are constantly looking to the future. An overwhelming stream of information coming our way. Constantly distracted. Eyes furtively darting in tandem with thumb swipes. Double Tap. Swipe. Double Tap. Swipe. On top of all the physical and environmental stimuli our brains process, we add this "digital load". How does our brain experience this? As a hostile environment. On high alert. This becomes "normal". "I'm not stressed" we say.
Yet sometimes the brakes fail, and runaway brain starts picking up speed heading downhill. Except, there's a brick wall at the bottom.
How did I retrain my brain? How did I tame the "furious squirrel"? Tune in tomorrow.