Doing a bit of research I typed in the word hotel into my browser. Within minutes there are ads on my screen for rooms all over the world.
Data is the new oil – they say. Businesses can always use more data to refine their algorithm results. Corporations pay big money for your data = big data. Or they just syphon it off other websites. But do you need more data or information? Or rather more inspiration; More passion?
Yes to inspiration. Yes to passion.
To resist the tyranny of big data we need references, resources, reasons and examples to educate ourselves about our sense of meaning. We all have a need for connection that runs 24/7 in each of us under the surface. Call it purpose, passion, meaning, calling, urge, mission – they are all asking you to connect what you encounter in daily life to what you are looking for on the inside. The inside is your devotional life – whether you think that is your thing or not. Since you have a soul your life is asking for some personal religion.
We need ways to elevate our source of references and reasons to get perception that make sense with daily life. We can read really old books or ask really old people a question and listen.
We need good reasons, enduring intentions and guiding sentiments to help in locating ourselves on our ongoing soul trajectory.
Crucial resources include maintaining a healthy foundation in the body, mind and emotions: find a moment of peace to couple with a moving meditation. Regularly distinguish between habit, routine and ritual – and use them for your growth or phase them out. Wonder about a higher purpose, be of service, teach, mentor and be mentored, tell stories, volunteer…