Why Hyper-Stimulation Takes Away From Your Ability To Understand Art & Your Health
Distraction, the need for entertainment, depression and anxiety are at an all time high in society. It seems a bit odd doesn’t it? We seemingly have everything we need for all aspects of our life to thrive so why do we suffer so much mentally? With so much at our fingertips, humans now make choices rather than carry out chores in a sense. As cool as it may have been to stream movies centuries ago, there was too much to do in order to maintain survival, even modern electricity didn’t exist until fairly recently when you think about it. So where is the gap and why are we actually becoming more disconnected by having everything at our fingertips?
With modern technology and science we have accomplished so much by diving deep into understanding how to better serve humanity in so many ways. But the issue with having our scientific deductive method of reasoning, we have actually lost the holistic or in a sense, the whole point to many basic concepts and this is hurting us as a result.
The Dilemma of Luxury
Today we are living in an age where if we are bored we can fill that time with whatever we want to be entertained. Boredom, reflection and contemplation actually seem to take more of a back seat when it comes to ways to fill our time. We transitioned as a species who had a lot of time (like most other species) to the model of living that is actually too short on time. How many times have you heard or felt “I just don’t have enough hours in the day to do what I want to do?” That’s because we have so much we can fill our time with, we don’t necessarily take the time to read a book, reflect on philosophical understandings of the world in a round table discussion or even eat our meal without some device, some distraction, some entertainment around us. When was the last time you sat in a quiet room alone and ate your dinner without your phone near you, or the television on?
We have become so outwardly focused, we have lost the connection within. As a result, many of the younger generations of today are suffering with identity, career and fulfillment crises by their mid twenties! The generations that have grown up with social media, constant stimulation and simulation have always been able to look outward rather than dive deeper to understand themselves, find their own voice and discover who they really are. This has literally led us into greater numbers of depression, anxiety and ADHD than ever before. Where is the quiet time?
80% of the World’s Drugs Are Consumed in the US
Our health relies on maintaining a sound state of mind. When we become over-saturated, overstimulated and overmedicated to get through our day to day life, how far down the line do we need to go before we recognize something is not matching up? In the United States alone, 80% of the worlds drugs are consumed, many of which are inherently fixable chronic diseases. As we have discussed before, chronic disease is often linked to emotional imbalance, how can we balance ourselves in a state of constant need for external entertainment and validation about our own identity?
With art, painting and drawing were a highly sought after skill. As an example look at the renaissance period. The artist was revered in society because of their mastery within their craft. As technology has increased, many of the results that artists needed years to master can now be accomplished through photography for example. So where is the value of the portrait artist? Where is the need to become skilled? Why does technology actually hinder the deeper meaning of understanding art for ourselves?
Visual art, is the gateway into the artists subconscious mind. We can utilize this to better understand how others think and perceive the world. The reason people respond to art is because it is something we can innately relate to, something that connects us together as a species. In some ways art is seen as strictly visual rather than the story and the process utilized to create it. We can now get these stories through exciting film, social media or even a podcast. So when do we formulate our own opinions?
One of the ways I like to do this is simply going to a museum. It is quiet and an easy place to gather my thoughts. Before going up to the artwork or exhibit to read the story, I first decide how it makes me feel and what my perception of it is. This is how I exercise and practice and verify my own identity and emotions about a work BEFORE I am told what it is all about. The beauty of visual art like painting or drawing or sculpture is it gives us the ability for our mind and our subconscious to roam as far an wide as we want it to. This is ultimately what makes so many forms of art so special.
My challenge to you is the next time you look at your health, or view some art, try your own exercise. Contemplate a concept, how YOU feel about the art that is in front of you, and how YOUR health feels as you analyze it. This is often how we find the imbalances and answers all on our own and is ultimately how we can elevate your health, wellness and holistic views of the world around us.
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