Information Overload

= mental indigestion
= forgetting our essential nature
= forgetting how precious this life is
= forgetting compassion
= unable to make sense of life
= unable to see and think clearly

If there is no space to discriminate, our view will become shallow because information may not be going to the appropriate area of the brain. We need a simple methodology to think clearly.

From an article in the Guardian newspaper:

Multitasking has been found to increase the production of the stress hormone cortisol as well as the fight-or-flight hormone adrenaline, which can overstimulate your brain and cause mental fog or scrambled thinking.

Multitasking creates a dopamine-addiction feedback loop, effectively rewarding the brain for losing focus and for constantly searching for external stimulation.

To make matters worse, the prefrontal cortex has a novelty bias, meaning that its attention can be easily hijacked by something new – the proverbial shiny objects we use to entice infants, puppies, and kittens.

The irony here for those of us who are trying to focus amid competing activities is clear: the very brain region we need to rely on for staying on task is easily distracted …

Russ Poldrack, a neuroscientist at Stanford, found that learning information while multitasking causes the new information to go to the wrong part of the brain.”

The simple methodology:

Meditation unloads and enables

= to digest information without bias
= to realise our essential nature
= to appreciate how precious life is
= to be able show compassion
= to be able to see how everything makes sense
= to be able to see and think clearly

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