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How to Raise Your Consciousness in a Distracted World

How to Raise Your Consciousness in a Distracted World | Unplug | Scoop.it
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It takes consciousness to grow consciousness -- like fuel to a flame.  The good news is that you already have it -- you simply need to add the fuel. 

 

From Steve Pavlina, here are 10 ways to become more conscious:

 

  1. Accept truth.  Whatever you are afraid to know lowers your consciousness.
  2. Have courage.  It is the gatekeeper between unconscious growth and conscious growth.
  3. Search for signs of unconscious cruelty and disconnection in your life.
  4. Get clear about what you want; clarity focuses your mind.
  5. Improving your ability to concentrate will make you more conscious.  Distraction lowers consciousness.
  6. First and foremost, know thyself; knowledge raises consciousness.
  7. Logic is a powerful tool of consciousness when used correctly.
  8. Seek out others you perceive to be at a higher level of consciousness than you are.
  9. Take care of your physical body -- your primary means of interacting with the world.
  10. Intention is fundamental. Be determined to raise your consciousness.

 

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The AFTER

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Credit Celeste Noche Photography

The last Friday of 2013, I opened my eyes to a very familiar sound: a sound
I had tried to erase from my memory.
Susan Taylor's insight:

Living in Lebanon comes with tremendous stress.  Bombs going off when you least expect it -- killing people and causing destruction.

 

Whether you reside in Lebanon or not, we all have daily stresses.  And after 100 hours of meditation and 300 hours of silence, this blogger passes on to her readers the 6 lessons she has learned:

 

  1. Pain is inevitable
  2. Pain is good
  3. Ninety-nine percent of our thoughts are rubbish
  4. Silence is sometimes a better way
  5. Start with intention (vs. expectation)
  6. The real lesson of listening

 

It is not things, people or even technology to which we are attached.  We are attached to distraction as a way to escape from the here and now -- or pain -- or truth. 

 

How many times do we turn a blind eye to these things which we prefer to avoid?

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Are You An Active Listener?

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Many of us don't listen as well as we could. Learn how to use "active listening" to make a conscious effort to hear and understand what people are saying.
Susan Taylor's insight:

To truly listen is one of the most important life skils you can develop.  Listening helps you to obtain information, understand, learn, and derive meaning; over and above all of that, it has a major impact on the quality of your relationships.

 

Unfortunately, research suggests that we are not good listeners. 

 

The way to become a better listener?  Practice "active listening."

 

Active listening involves making a conscious effort to hear not only the words that are being said, but more importantly, try to understand the meaning behind those words.

 

In this blog and video, Mind Tools helps us to pay attention, defer judgement and indicate to another that we truly want to hear what they have to say.

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Secret Agents Used To Have Gadgets To Save The World... Now We All Have Gadgets

Secret Agents Used To Have Gadgets To Save The World... Now We All Have Gadgets | Unplug | Scoop.it
This simple tactic can help uncover deeper emotional issues that may be holding you back.
craig daniels's insight:

Gadgets ringing, buzzing and vibrating in our pockets and all around us have become normal. Not long ago only secert agents had gadgets and then only for saving the world.


Have you and your gadgets saved the world lately? Do most of us as polls suggest check our gadgets for email and messages 110 times a day? Really?


Unplugging has become an important part of living a balanced life, but how exactly do we unplug?


Kat Ascharya has penned a rather long yet engaging article about how monks view gadgets and their use. Oh and the article has a whole lot more insight into our lives as well, check it out.

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Staying With Monotony

Enveloped by cloudy gray mist giving us no hint of relief. I crave distraction so I can escape this prison of self, this prison I label monotony.


"Like the Sirens of mythology today's distractions call to us with sweet sounding voices, they promise relief from dreaded monotony, relief from seeing ourselves standing naked in front of our own judgmental eyes."

craig daniels's insight:

Monotony is one of those dreaded words people use to express their feelings of distress. We all know that feeling of rumpled anxiety we get when we are bored or when normal distractions fail to amuse us.


In-spite of its bad reputation I value monotony for what it can show me about myself and I value it for its ability to infuse me with creative spark.

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Mindfulness: an antidote for workplace ADD

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Some consultants tell me that the number one problem in the workplace today is attention. People are distracted. They're in a state of what's called "continuous partial attention" where
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A few years ago I managed a catering operation that required of its employees huge bursts of focused attention to get one catering job after another prepared, packaged and out the door on time.


Customers would not understand if we were late with the food for a wedding or family reunion and one of my jobs was to join in with the cooks and preparers both helping and cheer-leading at the same time.


I would see that everyone in the room was constantly distracted by the flood of thoughts swirling around their brains and I had to gently bring them back to the job at hand, kind of like a Zen teacher with a meditation stick (keisaku).


Distraction is part of the human condition, part of life. It doesn't matter if the distractions are within our minds or are created by an electronic device, we struggle with distractions constantly.


It's much easier to point to phones and computers as the cause of the current distraction and it certainly lends itself to a quick fix. Whatever the distraction is, Mindfulness practice can give us a refreshed and renewed sense of focus in all we do.

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Are Electronic Gadgets Making Us Dumber?

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Are gadgets making us dumber? Two new studies suggest they might be. One found that people who are interrupted by technology score 20...
Susan Taylor's insight:

"Our days and nights are full of gadgets that ping, buzz and beep their way into our attention, taking us away from whatever we are doing". And according to two recent studies, electronic gadgets may be making us dumber.

 

According to the research, people interrupted by technology score 20% lower on standard cognition tests.  Additionally, it seems we cannot concentrate on any one task without distracting ourselves by using social media, emailing or texting.

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The Newsroom 3.0's curator insight, January 13, 2014 5:06 PM

According to the research, people interrupted by technology score 20% lower on standard cognition tests.  Additionally, it seems we cannot concentrate on any one task without distracting ourselves by using social media, emailing or texting.

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Finding Focus in a Distracted World

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In this Age of Distraction, being able to pay attention is a competitive advantage. Our tips on finding laser-like focus for your creative projects.
Susan Taylor's insight:

This is Age of Information.  It is also the Age of Distraction.

 

We are "on" 24/7 -- confronted with vast amounts of information on a continuous basis every single day.  Some of our workplaces have open-plan cubicles, bringing with them the noise of others' activities. The Internet provides an infinite source of distraction. And smartphones have increased our ability to obtain new information any place and anywhere at any time.

 

"In a world filled with distraction, attention is our competitive advantage". To help you stay on task, Jocelyn Glei has pulled together a selection of top tips to help you find focus in a distracted world.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, January 9, 2014 7:34 PM

The opening quote from Herbert Simon is a telling one. Without mindfulness and presence, we become impoverished in our ability to effectively discern in a world full of information.

 

We can find whatever we want on the Internet, but what does that mean?

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The Science Of Distraction

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In the current world of twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, email, whatsapp and all those other awesome apps, the difficulty of focusing on a task at hand is becoming even greater. Or is it?
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Maybe we are so distracted that we miss all the recent studies that show multi-tasking is a myth, or maybe we get distracted while we are reading the study and promptly forget it.


Niccolo Pantucci's post clearly lays out that distraction does not have to be the order of the day. We can become more focused if we practice mindfulness. Now that's good news, right.

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Achieve Unlimited Happiness by Making Changes: Interview W/ Gabrielle Bernstein:

Achieve Unlimited Happiness by Making Changes: Interview W/ Gabrielle Bernstein: | Unplug | Scoop.it
Gabrielle Bernstein I recently spoke to the wondering Gabrielle Bernstein, who is the New York Times bestselling author of May Cause Miracles: A 40-Day Guidebook of Subtle Shifts for Radical Change and Unlimited Happiness.


"Like any effective practice, true transformation occurs with daily repetition. Begin with a 40-day commitment and start experiencing positive results immediately."

craig daniels's insight:

In this interview Gabrielle Bernstein points to 3 important things you need to do for success. 1. Love what you do. 2. Be authentic. 3. Don't be afraid to ask for more. These are all really good touchstones to remind ourselves just what path we are on.


It's easy to let the  distractions created by media and technology move us from our path and take the air out of our dreams. I'm reminded how easy it is to get caught up in the virtual world to the detriment of relationships and interactions with people in the physical world.


I'd add one more item to her list, 4. Unplug frequently and look around at your life. Practicing mindfulness will help you to soar on whatever path you have chosen.


Check out iUnplug.com for more about unplugging.

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Searching For Downtime

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We're addicted to distraction, and it's holding us back. To find genius in the 21st century, we must build a discipline of unplugging and deep thinking.


It is now possible to always feel loved and cared for, thanks to the efficiency of our “comment walls” on Facebook and seamless connection with everyone we've ever known. Your confidence and self-esteem can quickly be reassured by checking your number of “followers” on Twitter or the number of “likes” garnered by your photographs and blog posts. The traction you are getting in your projects, or with your business, can now be measured and reported in real time.
 
Our insatiable need to tune into information – at the expense of savoring our downtime – is a form of “work” (something I call “insecurity work”) that we do to reassure ourselves.
 
So what’s the solution? How do we reclaim our sacred spaces?

1. Rituals for unplugging.
2. Daily doses of deep thinking.
3. Meditation and naps to clear the mind.
4. Self-awareness and psychological investment.
5. Protect the state of no-intent.
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Downtime seems to have taken a huge hit in our everyday thinking. Instead of searching for downtime people seem to be doing everything they can to avoid it and when we talk about downtime its context is mostly negative.


Scheduled downtime means we loose our connection to whatever it is we want to be connected to. Unscheduled downtime is even worse because it robs us of planning for alternative distractions.


Writing about downtime Scott Belsky shares with us some solutions to rampant distraction hunting and lays out a simple path to reclaiming a clearer mind topped with a big helping of creativity.


Read My Enhanced Post: Searching For Downtime

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