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Turn Down the Volume

With all the technological advances of the past few decades, we've become more efficient than ever. But, of course, with every discrete bit of input from our laptops, tablets, smartphones, earbuds, email, apps, and Wi-Fi toasters, our world has grown louder.

Noise is an unintentional byproduct of productivity. The more we produce, the more we increase the volume. Eventually, the noise is so loud, that we must shout just to be heard.

There are many ways to turn down the volume:

  • Check social media only once a day.
  • Turn off all notifications, beeps, dings, bells, whistles.
  • Make time: schedule alone time, quiet time, free time.
  • Respond to only the emails that require a response.
  • Ensure your creations add value, not just noise.
  • Unsubscribe, unfollow, unfriend, opt out, let go.
  • Speak less, meditate more, breathe deeply.

The best way to turn down the volume is to avoid turning it up in the first place. As with your car stereo, the potential for noise is always there, sure, but the noise itself is present only if we allow it to be—only if we crank the knob clockwise. Otherwise, silence reigns supreme.


by Katarina Dobiasova

Disconnection. Agitation. Restlessness. A labyrinth of thoughts.

Sounds familiar to you? In this state of mind, we are constantly seeking happiness in the outside world by creating attachments in our life. Relying on material possessions and people as a source of our happiness. Through meditation practice we can bring the focus back to ourselves. This will, in return, allow us to find inner joy no matter what external conditions exist around us. Focus on your breath. Stay in the present moment. Release stress and let go. Be attentive to yourself and your surroundings. Appreciate life´s simple moments. Can you already sense the liveliness and rejoicing within yourself?

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