December 18, 2019•133 words
Social media contributes to misery in part because it sends the mind outward, far away from resting in the self, on endless links of chains farther and farther away. As a result, more and more processing is also needed and the endless re-opening of the apps makes it so the mind can never return to a place of rest and contentment. It stays permanently out and lost in the digital mazes, endlessly scanning, compiling and comparing.
The mind is compelled to move outward, into the motion and noise and light of the sensory world. We've also been conditioned to continuously give our attention to the material world. It can be retrained to stay centered in the self though, to rest in being. This is where discipline comes in, until it isn't needed anymore.