Finally finished reading
The end made me weepy. Every yellow go and by this book. And be proud, people!
The urge for television sprang up during habitual times, such as meals alone, but it was easy to prohibit myself from getting the remote and turning it on. Internet surfing was harder because of the nature of the medium. Marketers make it utterly easy to slide from research and business to browsing. Some of my internet activity felt blurry too, such as when I was following links while researching for my career and woke to find myself on a bright pink site about a fashion and beauty expo. In a panic I thought, "I can't look at this!" and then quickly remembered that I had surfed here on business. (I take it as a good sign that my business is so
The key is not which web page is kosher and which is verboten or even what activity you do (within reason) but the mindfulness you bring. I noted most saliently that the act of turning on the tube or remaining immobile save for the rapid clicking and scrolling of a few fingers is most of all an act of tuning out. Our culture is diseased in its dependence on denial as a coping mechanism. (Although acting out is not any more aware.)
Deny the easy soporifics!
Pick up that book and relearn how to read. Stop shaming the country with our low literacy rates. Start small - heck the book I finished is a graphic novel. Minimal word count. Start there! Or here.
Just realize what you are doing. Where you put your time says much about what is important to you. (Case in point, after reading my last post, H said to me, "Aw, you really want a dog! We'll get a dog.")
Awaken to what you devote your time to. Does it align with what really matters? Does it feed you? Follow awareness with acceptance and with it, paradoxically, will come change.