F is for FOMO
FOMO seems to define a lot of our contemporary anxieties. “Keeping up with the Joneses” used to mean having a preoccupation with materialism, but nowadays our sense of missing out seems to be tied as much to the quality of our life experiences as it is to material wealth. Fear of missing out ties our sense of well-being to our ability to collect new experiences.
FOMO is a new phenomenon that afflicts us in the Digital Age. We have the opportunity to participate with and observe others in unprecedented ways. The sheer abundance information through links, images, and stories can tweak our “comparaing” minds in ways that give rise to anxiety. Mindfulness can help us to notice how the mind latches on to what it imagines is “something better out there” and let it go. We can come to realize that whatever we are doing, so long as we give it our full attention, is the best experience. We no longer have to chase external conditions as a way to fill ourselves; we are complete already.