Last night I was interviewed on the Canadian radio program called “Viewpoints”. It will be broadcast throughout Canada several times this weekend. I had no idea what the subject was going to be. It turns out that a number of people were interviewed regarding the epidemic obsession with the many distractions these days, such as computer gadgets, and what to do about it.
Ideas included all the popular suggestions like “unplugging”. I put forth that though those approaches can be helpful, there is also value to all the wonderful things our age of distraction has to offer. Instead of closing ourselves off to them, we can give the kite of our lives a longer tail.
People are spinning like kites without a tail. Through meditation, we stabilize our lives by strengthening our sense of self, so the kite can soar ever higher without spinning. We can then enjoy all the wonderful things our technological age has to offer without losing our sense of self – our inner wisdom, balance and reason. It’s about the integration of the depth of our being with the surface of life.
It is so great how you take subjects the next step further (or deeper) so we don’t get identified with another perspective i.e. “unplug”.
A good reminder of the importance of meditation in our lives!
This blog reminds me of the analogy: put the boat in the water, not the water in the boat. Through meditation, the sense of self is strengthened. It also opened up a new world to me, perhaps I should say, a new relationship with the world. In this new relationship, staying focused is not a motto, it’s a nature. And I am liking it…
Especially for parents, having an authentic transcending meditation must be a relief, to arm their kids with something solid and internal to rely on, in the Age of External Distractions…
I look forward to listening to the interview! We’ll share a link to the podcast soon…
Thank you for your wonderful perspective. Technology is neither good nor bad. Some points to ponder regarding technology might be: What is the context? How is it being used? Is there balance and integration?
My understanding is that what keeps a kite up in the air is actually the string – that appears to hold it down. This seems to be true, because if one lets go of the string, the kite falls.
The analogy works just as well here. In order for the kite to stay up and soar, the string has to really be anchored at the depth of our Being.
As Dr. Mamas teaches, regular meditation – like what he teaches – is the way to get anchored.
We could have fun with this! I always used the tail to symbolize being grounded in the self. Then of course there is the wind..(world of karma??)
The string… Life itself? plenty of options here.
Of course! It isn’t the gadget, it is my relationship with the gadget. The answers to life’s problems always lie deeper. BTW, love the new evolution of the kite analogy. Thanks for seeing something there Larry!
You can listen the interview here: https://soundcloud.com/cjad-viewpoints/viewpoints-podcast-may-21-2016#t=1:09:30