Monday, December 17, 2012

Turn Off, Tune In

Well, boys and girls, it’s been ages since I’ve mused elegantly for you.  Let’s just say a busy schedule (i.e.:  lack of inspiration) has kept me from it.  To quote Danny Zuko from Grease:  ‘you know how it is, rockin’ and rollin’ and what not.’

That’s a figure of speech. I personally don’t know how to rock and roll, but I’ve got a rock and roller living in the house, and while I couldn’t be more proud of him, it gets terribly loud here sometimes.  I don’t like loud noises; that’s why I didn’t become a rock and roller myself (has nothing to do with my lack of musical talent).  But I digress…

Actually, I don’t.  Today’s topic is all about communication, noise, and differentiating between the two.

Since Friday’s horrific tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary, overzealous ‘reporters’ (I use the term very loosely), desperate to get their drive-by version of the news  out to an eager, salivating public, have bombarded us with so much speculation that we don’t know what’s what at this point.  An unspeakable act occurred.  That’s all we really need to know.  Our job now is to send as much healing energy to those who were affected by it, and to see if we can’t start reaching out to one another on a regular basis.

Communicating, in other words.

How do we do that, though, when we live in a world where hyperbole reigns supreme?  Minor things are a ‘big deal’ – celebrity feuds, sniffles, and waiting in line at the grocery store have seemingly become the biggest hassles ever, and we’ll just burst  if we can’t discuss them repeatedly and post about them continuously on our social networking sites.

That’s not communicating – it’s merely verbal purging.

Maybe if we all stopped talking for a bit, we might recognize that we’ve got more than a few lost souls among us.  We’ve little spiritual, moral, and character-building education anymore, and it’s easier to pop a pill rather than get to the root of a problem and look for nonsynthetic ways in which to treat it.  We’re so plugged in that we’ve tuned out, desensitized to the world around us.

Perhaps if we took Deepak Chopra’s advice in The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success and sat in silence for a day, we’d be more ‘on kilter’ than ‘off’.   We’d realize that we’re merely here to serve humanity in some small way.  Pointing fingers does not serve humanity, by the way, nor does parading a third grader in front of a camera asking her to recall, in detail, something she should have never witnessed in the first place.

I think if we practiced the seemingly lost art of communication, we’d be a happier, healthier lot. Questions such as ‘How are you?’ and ‘How can I help?’ are good places to start (provided that we really listen to the answers and then take action if necessary).  Exaggerations, bold proclamations, and incessant blah blah blahs haven’t worked.  Let’s turn off the noise for a while, and see what happens.
Beth Newman