Overload and rescue!

Starting to look like a bit of a theme!

Over the last few weeks there have been a number of posts touching on the role of meditation and the huge potential benefits of taking a little time out each day.  For those new to Learning from Dogs or to this particular thread, here are links to previous posts.

On the 19th June, there was a post called Maybe home is found in our quietness. In that post there were three references to the power of meditation, that is in a curative sense.  Here’s a small extract from that post:

A few weeks ago when meeting our local doctor for the first time since we moved to Oregon, I had grumbled about bouts of terrible short-term memory recall and more or less had shrugged my shoulders in resignation that there was nothing one could do: it was just part of getting older, I guessed!

“On the contrary”, responded Dr. Hurd, continuing, “There’s growing evidence that our information-crowded lives: cell phones; email; constant TV; constant news, is pumping too much for our brains to manage.”

Dr. Hurd continued, “Think about it! Our brains have to process every single sensory stimulus. The research is suggesting that our brains are being over-loaded and then the brain just dumps the excess data. If that is the case, and the evidence is pointing in that direction, then try thirty minutes of meditation each day; give your brain a chance to rest.”

Just hang on to what Dr. Hurd said, “There’s growing evidence that our information-crowded lives: cell phones; email; constant TV; constant news, is pumping too much for our brains to manage.

The second post was on the 25th June,  Unlocking the inner parts of our brain.  It included this:

The second was a recent science programme on the BBC under the Horizon series. The programme was called,The Truth About Personality.


Within the programme came the astounding fact that even ten minutes a day meditation can help the brain achieve a more balanced personality (balance in terms of not being overly negative in one’s thoughts).

You will not have failed to note, “even ten minutes a day meditation can help the brain achieve a more balanced personality“.

So let me move on!

Not sure how I came across the website Natural health news but on July 03, 2013, Zach Miller wrote a piece under the title of Information Fatigue Syndrome (IFS): What it is and how it affects you.  I’m hoping it’s OK to republished Zach Miller’s article.  Because it so perfectly supports those referred posts.


Information Fatigue Syndrome (IFS): What it is and how it affects you

Wednesday, July 03, 2013 by: Zach C. Miller

(NaturalNews) These days, we’re living in an increasingly connected, electronic world. Every day we use the internet, computers, cell phones, Blackberries, and Bluetooth devices. We read newspapers, watch TV and listen to internet radio (and even read ads on billboards as we drive down the freeway). While all our media and technology is convenient and useful (we’re always just an internet search away from the answer to any question that pops into our heads, especially if our cellular phone has mobile internet), being connected so much results in something called “Information Overload”, a term coined by futurist Alvin Toffler back in 1970. The term refers to our inability to absorb and process all the information we’re exposed to, and this information is literally everywhere these days.

The problem defined

Information Overload, or “Information Fatigue Syndrome (IFS),” occurs when we over-expose ourselves to media, technology and information. Our brains have trouble keeping up with everything that we are feeding them, and the distorted-spin EMF energy fields we’re being exposed to don’t help the case (generated by cell phones and wi-fi). We end up having headaches and being exhausted and end up making mistakes and wrong decisions. The main point is, when exposed to too much information and technology, we tend to shut down.


Information Overload is now commonplace around the world, at work, at home and during leisure time. Some of the causes include:

– Widespread and easy access to the Internet

– Social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter

– Cheap and accessible use of cell phones, texting, and mobile internet

– Online and offline news, media, and advertising: TV, newspapers, magazines, and billboards

Simple solutions

The only upside to these problems is that they have a relatively simple solution; take a day off occasionally from being connected to any media and the internet, and set limits on your internet in terms of hours per day. These restrictions may sound scary for us web-addicted techno-humans, but it’s absolutely imperative if we want to regain control of our energy levels, mental health, and life in general in an increasingly information-infused modern era.

Take a full day off from all media and electronic devices (including cell phones; this may be nearly impossible for some), and go out into nature and pursue outdoor interests. If you feel better, which you likely will, take a day off occasionally whenever you need one. If you’d rather a set schedule, take one day per week and set it aside as a internet-free day. If this is too often, make it bi-monthly. Pick a schedule that fits in with work or school. A key point being that even good things need to be used in moderation, including useful techo-goodies as the internet, Facebook, and Twitter updates.

Sources for this article include:





About the author:
Zach C. Miller was raised from an early age to believe in the power and value of healthy-conscious living. He later found in himself a talent for writing, and it only made sense to put two & two together! He has written and published articles about health & wellness and other topics on ehow.com and here on NaturalNews. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Science.


The problem, I’m sure, is that the vast majority of readers of this post will give a sage nod because they intuitively  agree and …… do nothing about it!  Trust me, I’m just as guilty.  My short-term memory is really crap and it feeds my worry that this may be early stage dementia. (My sister’s recent death from dementia doesn’t help!)

So even though my doctor spoke about the benefits of meditation, even though there have been other articles recently posted on this blog, even though I would, supposedly, do anything to arrest or reverse my memory problems, guess what; I’m pathetic!  Kept up taking 30 minutes away from everything for a week and then the good intentions crumbled.

If this verbal slap across my wrists is resonating out there, dear reader, then that’s good.  Because, I am going to try harder!  From today!

So how to close this! Obviously with more advice about meditating! None better than from Leo Babauta over on Zen Habits.  It’s called How to Meditate Daily.  Starts thus:

The habit of meditation is one of the most powerful things I’ve ever learned.

Amazingly, it’s also one of the most simple habits to do — you can do it anywhere, any time, and it will always have immediate benefits.

How many habits can you say that about?

While many people think of meditation as something you might do with a teacher, in a Zen Center, it can be as simple as paying attention to your breath while sitting in your car or on the train, or while sitting at the coffee shop or in your office, or while walking or showering.

It can take just one or two minutes if you’re busy. There’s no excuse for not doing it, when you simplify the meditation habit.

So, go on, take a couple of minutes to read the rest of the article!

And then realise there’s yet another wonderful lesson we learn from dogs – chilling out!

Cleo and Sweeny - just chilling out!
Sweeny and Cleo – just chilling out!

6 thoughts on “Overload and rescue!

  1. I think Paul, Dogs have got it right… Live in the NOW…..until you are tired out, then crash out in a nice comfy spot!….

    The problems with us Humans is that we worry about yesterday, and what we will be doing tomorrow, and forget to live in the now… Many find it so hard to take time out and ‘Meditate’ thinking they are missing out on something! 🙂 LOL.. Kidding well maybe not.. LOL..

    Meditation for me has become part of that ME time, I put away for self.. to nurture oneself allows our Inner healing.. We need time-out for our busy brains to rest…. I now just close my eyes and drift… I use either natural sounds in the garden or soft music to drift along to.. when you allow your head to shut down and connect to your heart, it allows us all to be rescued 🙂

    Lovely picture of Cleo and Sweeny..
    Sue 🙂


    1. Sue, would love a guest post from you about how you first started, what worked, what didn’t. I’m putting together a post based on Leo Babauta’s advice and it would work so well with that.


  2. Lovely pic… and thank you for reminding me – I started meditating last year and I am not quite sure why I actually discontinued… guess it is lack of time – however Leo is right in saying “you can do it anywhere”…


  3. Paul just logged in to WP and saw your reply… What worked and didn’t work?.. now that would be a Loooong story! Paul…
    We some times try so hard to empty our brains, and that is near on impossible.. I read so many books on the subject in the beginning, each one different, because each person is individual,
    I have always been good with visualisation, so in the very beginning I used tapes that would relax and take you to a quiet garden etc..
    Later on I developed my own visualisation as to where I wanted to go, a beach, a cliff top, a cave… But we don’t always need to close our eyes to meditate… I find painting meditative have you ever looked how words are similar.. (Sedative.. Meditative ) Relaxing the Mind..

    As I linked in deeper then I would meet and greet and be shown signs ,,,

    Our minds go into overload and shut down telling us its time to alter our ways for me this came as you know in a nervous breakdown. My recovery took 6 mths absence from work leading me to change jobs and another 5 yrs of not seeing that I was still repeating my habits of stress .. Until then my body shouted out and gave out.. with FMS.. Then I had to listen and changed my whole career path and altered my mind set with it… Thus began the healing not only of Body, but Mind… Mind over matter…

    I practised Qi Gong, I cleared my aura, I use homoeopathy, I breathed in deeper cleansing my spirit, knowing that what we think we create… Dis-ease of mind becomes disease of body… whether we understand the connection or not.. Even today I still have acupuncture regular treatments which are amazing!
    I needed to rescue myself… and at times that’s why I take time away from Technology even now, as I feel those levels of stress screaming inwardly in my mind as I take on board the worlds plight and suffering too much some days… Learning to be caring but detached is not easy, But understanding each are set upon a path of their own choices..Which can either lead us to Peace or conflict.. is a path we all choose….

    And I will be the first to admit, my choices along my own road have been far from smooth…. but that’s how we learn… Knowing when to make that detour and which path to take. There are points in our lives where we are all given the signs along our journey.. Our Free Will dictates that its always up to us to follow them or not… That is why some get lost… while others know where they are going!…

    But always the journey is our Experience!

    Blessings Sue 🙂


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