Dr. Amit Sood, author of Stress Free Living is a leader in off-grid living. Our limbic brains are trained to go for the negative bias to keep us alive. We judge to see if who or what we encounter is a saber tooth tiger ready to eat us for a tasty snack. Within five seconds we have judged the circumstances as dangerous or safe. Because our brains are scanning for tigers, we often make things that are not tigers into tigers to satiate our limbic brain’s needs. We can combat this negative bias through retraining our brains to look for the goodness in the world. It is a way to unplug from a societal system pushing its own agenda.
Retraining our brains to focus on the good in the world is a way for us to relieve stress, counter bullying, and rearrange the grid. It is a way for us to value difference instead of fear it. Sood provides a way to focus our attention of the positive by giving us one idea per day to counter our limbic brain.
To be able to trump the default mode takes time, effort, and focus. To live unplugged and off the grid takes grit and a deep desire to live a life free from judgment of others and full of focused attention to love ourselves and life fully and richly. Clearly, as Sood explains in his video about how the brain works, this isn’t a destination, this isn’t a learned and kept skill, it is a life practice full of beautiful imperfections that are ours and no one else’s to claim. When we take claim of who we are fully, the sense of danger decreases as we realize that life, a good, full life, is truly determined by our thoughts and reactions to challenges and triumphs in life.
Below is a link to the PDF version of the sign so you too can remember to bring focused, good attention to each day.