I don’t consider myself a technology geek by any stretch of the term, but from time to time, I dip my toe into the tech world and am rarely disappointed.
While reading about the clutter of signals that surround us but are invisible to the human eye, I became aware of an app titled Architecture of Radio ($2.99).
The app depicts in graphic, 3D renderings the layers of invisible reality pulsating and swirling around us all.
“Created by Dutch information designer Richard Vijgen, Architecture of Radio visualizes OpenCellID‘s global open datasets from 7 million cell towers, 19 million Wi-Fi routers, and hundreds of satellite locations. Based on your GPS location, the app depicts a 360-degree view of the radio signals all around you. Vijgen calls it “a field guide to the infosphere, the hidden world of digital networks.”
I am obsessed with my new toy.
Even in my rural corner of the world, the digital representation of energy fields swirling around me, my home, and my neighbors are both delightful and shocking.
There is another world(s) entirely invisible to the human eye.
Now, the point of this note is not to spin into full-on sci-fi mode but instead to wonder out loud. If we are surrounded by coursing waves of energy and are inundated by the voices in our heads (if you are like me, the rivers of inner dialogues run wild), how do we stand a chance at cutting through the clutter?
From personal experience, I can attest that it is not easy.
But it is also not impossible.
Over the coming weeks, I will share my journey to quiet the clutter in and around my life.
Walk it Off
High on my list of clutter quieting tools is walking.
Not as glamourous as running, but the simple act of walking, I am learning, carries a fantastic litany of benefits, many of which help turn down the volume of noise inside my head and around my life.
The website Healthline points out that “research indicates brisk walking has powerful effects on your mental functioning, decision-making skills, and memory, especially as you get older. Decades of studies have also shown that brisk walking improves anxiety, depression, and self-esteem.”
My experience says “yes” to all the above. My daily walks make a difference, and while I could go on about all the benefits, you will never know until you….”just do it.”
So, here’s a challenge. Over the next seven days, make time to walk for 20 minutes just four times. Pay attention to how your body, mind, and soul feel as a result of your walk, and then judge for yourself whether or not the benefits warrant making this a regular feature in your life.
As for me, unless we’re in blizzard conditions here in Maine, you will find me briskly looping through my neighborhood.
And yes, the voices seem to quiet a bit.
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