Last Updated on February 26, 2024

Mindless consumption vs. deep listening

Last night I listened to music and cried.

Not because I was sad, but because the music was so beautiful.

It touched my heart deeply.

Consume Less, Listen More

I’ve been trying to do less mindless content consumption lately.

So instead of scrolling on my iPad, I broke out my nice studio headphones.

Then I put on meaningful music, closed my eyes, and just listened.

I used to do this all the time in the 90s and early 2000’s.

I had this boom box with two detachable speakers.

It had an AM/FM radio, two cassette tape decks, and a CD player.

Kinda like this.

I would position the speakers perfectly to hit me with a wall of sound.

And then I’d sit and listen to a whole album for an hour or more.

But for the past 10 or 15 years, I haven’t really done that.

Instead I find myself scrolling social media or watching short videos.

So much content, so little time!

Never really taking in anything deeply.

Diving Deep

I think depth is good for the soul.

When we slow down and really listen, we are nourished at a deep level.

“The Attention Economy” has commodified our attention for ad revenue.

But it’s not good for us to always be scrolling.

Contemplation creates meaning.

Consumption creates dissatisfaction.

Dissatisfied people make good consumers.

We’re always buying something new to try to fill the hole in our soul.

But only meaning can fill that.

And meaning only comes from giving our full, deep attention to something.

Becoming absorbed in it.

Losing ourselves completely in it.

Take care,
~Duff

p.s. Here’s one of the songs I was listening to.