Thinking Yogi

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Ignorance, meet bliss

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Lacking knowledge or awareness in general; uneducated or unsophisticated.
Lacking knowledge, information, or awareness about something in particular: "ignorant of astronomy".

I'm practicing being ignorant, and it feels downright blissful. When I give myself permission to not look at all of the updates facebook beckons me to check with its tantalizingly highlighted numbers, or when I decide to opt-out of following the latest news story in its hourly online installments and instead wait until the dust settles and the full story comes out, I'm consciously choosing ignorance without being unsophisticated. Considering the lure of the 24-hour news cycle and the endless quantities of information available to us on every subject imaginable, I'd like to think that opting not to consume every last bit of that content makes us all the more sophisticated.

Last weekend I practiced freedom from my computer, a few days of delightfully real world un-electronic activities. But on Monday morning I anticipated the e-build-up, like water collecting in a dam. When I opened my email it burst forth, message after message, and all at once I was drowning in it. As I waded through, hand heavy on the mouse, I was right back where I started, fully stricken with the internet itch. Clicking from one thing to the other, I reflexively checked in with all my usual internet spots - following the latest news around our neighborhood, the updates in the yoga world, the most recent word on CPS, and I could feel it creeping up on me, the unease becoming more and more pronounced. It was an itch that could seemingly not be scratched.

I'm still figuring out how to live in harmony with my computer, how to manage the ebbs and flows of my internet activity, how to prevent my smartphone from becoming the brains behind this whole operation. The plethora of information and technology available today require us to be more disciplined, more aware of our habits, and more moderate in our online behaviors than perhaps we are even capable of yet.

So for now, for today, this is my meditation. Sometimes the phone can go unanswered, the text message can hang out in the virtual world for a few extra minutes, the status updates can go unread. Sometimes it's okay to not be the first to know the very latest news about the world. Sometimes it's okay to like something without 'liking' it. These days, in order to find your bliss, you must not be afraid to be a little ignorant.

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Kerry is the Founder & Director of Bloom Yoga Studio, voted Best Yoga Studio in the Chicago Reader, Chicago Magazine, and Citysearch. As a practicing yogi, writer, and mother of three, Kerry is all about making the principles and philosophies of yoga real and accessible for day-to-day living. You can find Kerry on Google+.