Channel Surfing

December 14, 2009 § 3 Comments

It’s another boring night with nothing on.  You’re on your couch passively flipping through the channels, trying to find something that will spark your interest for at least a minute.  But as you go, the more you surf, the less you find, and the less you pay attention.  You get lulled into a sense that there’s never anything on.  And so you continue to move through channels, now at lightning speed.  Click.  Click.  Click.  Wait, what’s that?  Nope, I’ve seen that before.  Click.

Sometimes you settle on something to watch for a few minutes before passively clicking through to the next channel, but every now and again you hit the right frequency with that click and come across a program that piques your interest. It’s not that you were looking for this specific program, in fact you probably didn’t really know what you were looking for.  But here it is.  Out all of the hundreds of channels at all of the different times of day you’ve been through, for once, here it is.

I’ve been thinking about my life in terms of frequency lately.  What frequency am I on?  Do I like what I’m seeing?  If I don’t, I change the channel until I find something that resonates with me.

There’s a bit of singing advice I heard from Matt Good that fits well here too.  In order to get the most out of your voice and to hit all of the high notes, he’s learnt to sing from a place where his voice resonates inside of his mind, not from his vocal chords.  He said that’s why Thom Yorke from Radiohead is always moving his head around so much.  He’s finding the spots in which his voice hits just the right frequency.

Imagine the practice it takes to find that.  Imagine the kind of head space you’ve got to be in to make that work.  For me, that’s not from a knowing space, that’s from a feeling space.  That’s being aware of your own mind enough to hear when those notes hit the right spot.  And that may take some searching and practicing to find.  But once you do, it’s pure gold.

Think of this now in terms of finding yourself through life, finding a point where things can resonate for you.  You’ll need to have your feelers on as well as your thinking cap for this one.  Think about how off life can feel when you’re not tuned into the right frequency, but how easy it is to just pick up the remote and change the channel until you like what’s on.  Once you’re there, you stay for awhile, if it’s really good, you’ll come back and watch it again.  So try that with your life, the more you find what feels right, what strikes a chord in you somewhere, the more your going to want to come back to that.  The more you come back to that, the more you’ll like what you see.  And soon, you may just find yourself another step closer to living passionately.

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§ 3 Responses to Channel Surfing

  • Good thoughts, Wendy.

    I really think it is about creating your own channel and keeping tuned into that, essentially like with Panda, which allows you to create your own virtual radio station.

    I find many people are waiting for life to come to them. That is why they get bored (I hate that word with a passion) or stuck in a rut. Life’s tow truck isn’t always just going to come and hitch up to you and pull you out of the mire every time … sometimes other people can give you a hand, but, as individuals, it is important we be ready to make the first move.

  • John Tyler says:

    Great analogies Wendy!

    It’s similar to when I create my own music! I find the sounds that I like, start mixing them together and listen to the result. I keep listening to the piece over and over analyzing it and start tweaking it: change up the beats, vary the theme, etc. It is that analysis that we use to appreciate music, to appreciate songs, and need to use to appreciate life! You described it very well.


  • Clint Cora says:

    Sometimes in order to do this, ie., really know yourself, you have to get in the right environment where you can really focus in on your internal channel. With all the busy things happening in life around us, we often can’t listen to ourselves. One exercise I always suggest to people is to lock yourself up in one of those private study rooms at a library with a notepad and just start writing. That’s a place that really works well for me.

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