Plugged In

Everyone is ‘plugged in’ these days including all governments, militaries, businesses and individuals. We told the huge range of electronics available to us have made our lives richer. No longer do we have to wait for food to thaw we can zap it in the microwave. We read the news on computers, follow sports on TV, talk to our neighbours on cell phones or amuse ourselves on a play station. We can find directions, and rocks, when boating by using a GPS. Are all these things really benefits? What price are we paying for the convenience of instant gratification, constant connection and unlimited entertainment?

Last month people in North America experienced the 3rd major blackout when their hand held computers, called blackberrys, failed to work. The reactions to being disconnected´ were not positive. People who have become accustomed to having instant access to a world of information were more than just a little annoyed at being cut off.

The amazing thing about the latest blackout isn’t that some people were angry, or even that they were inconvenienced. What is amazing beyond belief is how we, as a group, seem to think we are immune to the energies that are zipping around us. Whether we acknowledge the fact or not, some things exist and have power. It doesn’t matter if we can see them or not. Energy is like that, it exists and it does have an affect on everything it touches, including us which is the part seem to forget. If we stop and think about all the energy we have directed around us we might want to change some of the things we do out of habit. It is possible that some changes could really increase the quality of our lives.

For example, there has been a lot of research done on the effect of microwaves on the quality of food. Consistently the independent research has shown how microwaves alter the molecular structure of food thereby eliminating much of the natural food value. These findings are usually disregarded in favor of convenience. Besides, it has been argued, the little bit of damage the microwaves do doesn’t matter, we all day one a day vitamins.

We certainly can’t blame microwaves for the obesity problem within our communities. But it is possible zapped food, which has lost much of its nutritional value, could be a factor. In conjunction with instant foods the art of cooking at home has become a lost art. Even for those people who do cook from scratch the majority of foods purchased in super markets have been fertilized with chemicals and grown in dead soil. If those conditions aren’t enough to prevent the development of real food value, the irradiation process the foods go through will kill any remaining food value. So is it any wonder the foods grown organically, and sold at farmer’s markets, are gaining in popularity?

The next time you have a big meal and find you are hungry an hour later, stop and think about where that food came from. Here is another test for food quality. The taste of a vine picked tomato is rich in flavor. Pick up a tomato at a super store and compare the taste.

The body is a structure designed to move and does so using the energy obtained from food. Without lots of movement the body gets stiff and loses its ability to respond quickly or endure prolonged action. The food we eat is like the gas we put into our cars. The only difference is if we put too much gas into our cars the gas will spill out not really affecting the car. Too much gas, in the form of food, into our bodies does not spill out, it becomes fat.

If there is water in the gas put into our cars the engines don’t work very well. The same thing applies to our food. When the food is made up of highly processed chemicals, and non organic matter, our bodies are unable to function very well. Poor quality food leads to extra weight. When we are over weight moving about becomes difficult so we move less. The less we move the less energy is expended and the more we look for local entertainment. And, so the vicious circle continues.

Think about how television is relied upon for all entertainment including sports. Rather than going out and throwing or kicking a ball, people now watch someone else doing that. We need to ask ourselves what the benefits are to watching sports on TV?

In the olden days if a person wanted to talk to their neighbour they got on their feet and walked over to where that person lived. Today it is not necessary to exert that much energy we need only to pick up a phone. If the neighbour is called frequently the number might be in speed-dial so only one button would need to be pushed.

It is safe to say electronic devices have decreased the quality of our lives. These devices continually interfere with opportunities to be silent or to be alone. When constantly distracted with noise how can the self-discipline, necessary to the full development our consciousness be achieved?

It really is time for all of us to look at how much we rely on electronic devices and to spend some time in silence, getting to know ourselves again. Try to give yourself the gift this week of going outside. Take a walk, smell the spring air, see the promise of new life that is budding all around us. For a whole day avoid the microwave, the TV, the radio, the palm, the ipod, the cell, the computer (big or small) and see how it feels to be with yourself, totally unplugged.