Chatter of the news and the noise of the crowd is filling you past the point of full.
Ryan Holiday’s summary chapter about the Mind in his book Stillness Is The Key starts with a paragraph re-stating the issue before he moves onto the next topic, of why it’s so hard getting to stillness. Those two items, a constant news and a perpetual noise, are major contributing factors robbing us entry into stillness.
I keep saying something along the lines how I wish I had people in my life to talk to directly about this topic of elusive stillness in an increasingly digital world. I feel this way when the wheels start turning in my head about this topic because, well, Ryan Holiday is writing and talking about it. Cal Newport is too. And John Mark Comer.
I’m not alone in observing the noise of the crowd are the social media mediums.
And I am not alone in observing the chatter of the news is just that, chatter without deep substance of understanding, vetting, or regard for clarity for the masses.
This first paragraph of Ryan’s conclusion on the mind sent my mind into…..focus.
It’s when he then speaks of the buried insights. The reward beyond the problem of the chatter and the noise. The only way to get to the buried insights is to not dig at them like a conspiracy theorist looking to connect things that are not even there. No, it is the task of clearing out the noise just to reach the things already present.
They’re just buried under the social media pings, opinions flying unchecked, and the rising noise of our age.
I can’t help but connect this a step further to Comer’s recent book as he attributes a rise in noise (let’s call it distraction from mindfulness) to the Devil himself. Chiefly because it is the Devil’s best interest to get us unfocused, distracted from the pursuit of truth, to be in a constant state of frenetic pace.
Even if you are one that removes spirituality from this or doesn’t have a specific religious view on the matter, a point still stands where we know there is an intentional distraction or misleading of breaking news, coupled with unchecked opinions from bloggers and social media posts. We know it and subscribe to it as a sort of disclaimer.
But we perpetually feed ourselves with these mediums instead of doing the more chore like tasks of finding what peer reviewed journals, books, scientific magazines, and/or experts in niche subject matters have to say.
My point here is self awareness plays a large role here as we evaluate our ability to enter into a stillness in order to produce our best and not to avoid responsibility.
There is some analogy that escapes me right now, but it involves getting wildly excited and sober minded as the results come in from a test you are conducting in a lab, and the results demonstrate you are one that suffers acutely from what it is you are discovering.
I sense this is the reason people really find a passion in solving something, finding what is buried underneath the chatter and noise. It is because there is a disease of sorts and you are relentless in finding a solution to it because as you research more and more, you find how it affects you greatly.
Because yes, I seek the stillness Ryan describes in the book because I find it completely worthy of a task to continue ridding myself of the chatter and noise in exchange for the buried treasure below its surface.