Martin Messier

December 21, 2023

Transforming digital media into a sensory gym

As you know, sensory acuity is the #1 quality you need to develop and constantly hone as an NLP Practitioner. In this age of digital and social media, we find ourselves engulfed in a deluge of stimuli. This has led many to believe that our sensory acuity is on the brink of being numbed.

Yet, I still wonder...

I see it as my job to ask questions and explore angles, and participate in figuring out whether it's possible to navigate the digital landscape with enhanced sensory acuity.

What if social media weren't a sensory overload machine, but rather an unfiltered stream of stimuli? It's in this ceaseless flow our challenge lies - not in the abundance, but in the discriminating these stimuli. By strategically curating our digital experiences and practicing mindful consumption, we might just be able to transform social media from a cacophony of distractions into a constructive path to sensory enhancement.

Our senses are gateways to our internal representations of the world. If we mindfully engage with digital media, we're not just passively consuming; we're actively shaping our perceptions, honing our ability to discern subtleties in our environment. This is akin to a musician fine-tuning their instrument, where each adjustment brings a clearer, more resonant sound.

However, just as an artist must choose their colors with intention, we must select our digital interactions with purpose. It involves recognizing the impact of each tweet, post, or video on our sensory processing. Are they dulling our senses, or are they sharpening our ability to perceive the world more vividly?

Here are a few examples so you can get an idea of the difference between the two.

Overwhelming negative news: If we constantly expose ourselves to negative or distressing news, it can lead to sensory numbness or, worse, emotional desensitization.

Mindless scrolling and clickbait: If we constantly engage with content that encourages passive consumption, like endless scrolling through superficial or sensationalist posts, it will probably dull our sensory acuity. 

Monotonous, repetitive content: If we repeatedly expose ourselves to content that lacks variety or depth, like similar-looking images, memes, or videos, we'll suffer sensory stagnation.

Educational and insightful content: By engaging with posts, videos, or articles that offer new knowledge, insights, or perspectives, we stimulate our cognitive processes and enhance our sensory awareness. This could include content related to psychology, science, culture, or personal development.

Interactive and engaging posts: If we engage with content that encourages active participation, such as polls, quizzes, or thought-provoking questions, we'll enhance our sensory acuity.

Mindfulness and content focused on well-being: Social media accounts or posts focusing on mindfulness, meditation, and emotional well-being can help us hone our sensory acuity. These often include exercises or insights that encourage us to be more attuned to our internal states and external environments.

Artistic and creative content: By engaging with artistic content such as music, visual arts, or literature, we can enhance our sensory perception. This type of content encourages our appreciation of nuances in color, sound, texture, and emotional expression.

Social media can be a tool for refining our senses or a force that blunts our sharpness. In a world saturated with stimuli, discriminating, choosing, and refining our sensory acuity is up to us. Let's continue to cultivate our wisdom so we can make the choices best for us, our loved ones, and the world as a whole.

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