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Sunday, March 29, 2015

The C Word

We are in the age of C word. It's probably not the word you are thinking of. The c word I am talking about is "Content". We are constantly consuming content with our eyes, mind and heart on a moment to moment basis. A majority of the content we consume comes from the internet or social media. Some other content comes from books, manuals or pamphlets. Content passes through us. Sometimes we soak up content like sponges. Sometimes we let content just pass through us as if we are making hair judgments and moving onward to satisfy the business of the mind. 

Music and art are content. Blogs and articles are content. We humans are great at making content. We are especially good at consuming content in a never ending scrolling platform. We love to share content. If a piece of content tickles out fancy then we love to tell a friend or share it on social media or through conversation. 

The mind loves content. It loves never ending content. Content is like a ham and jam sandwich for the mind. It can never get enough. We feast our eyes on information. Some of it sticks. Some of it dwindles. Some of it brings great benefit to our lives and others. Once you see it then it goes through a series of processes and changes in your mind. It's like the mind is the mouth that chews content and then digests it, composts it and uses it to feed the never ending desire of the content driven mind. 

Content will save and destroy us. 
We must shine the light of awareness on content to lasso it into a useful tool! 

There is a spectrum of content. Everything from art, food, memes, thoughts, and furniture are content. How can content be useful to us? 
How can content enrich our lives and not destroy it? 

The mind and content love to dance. Each piece of new information leads to new revelations, discoveries and thoughts! Some content triggers great memories! Some content keeps us from a dreadful state boredom that the mind wants no part of. 

Something has to change.
Un-deniable dilemma.
Boredom's not a burden
Anyone should bear.

Constant over stimu-lation numbs me
but I would not want you 
any other way.

It's not enough.
I need more.
Nothing seems to satisfy.
I said
I don't want it.
I just need it.
To breathe, To feel, to know I'm alive.

- Maynard James Keenan, "Stinkfist"

As we process more and more information in this age, we must take a deep inward look on how we take in content. We must not let it hijack the mind and we must understand that mind will always want it to keep itself busy through the never ending black hole of content. When you start see yourself going down the rabbit hole, take a few seconds to focus on your breath. Let yourself breathe and let the content slip away. You can have control. You got this. 
Content will never go away and people will always create beautiful and destructive content. Content will entertain us like mating squirrels and then fade out in our subconscious. Some content will decide to make a surprise visit like in laws. We must be mindful of content before content takes our bodies and minds as hosts for the sick pleasures of the unconscious. 

So much to see,
So much to experience, 
So much to live for! 

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