I quit my addiction to watching the news.
The news, whether on TV, online, or in a newspaper, is nothing but a collection of negative communication. We learn about catastrophes, financial ruin, terrorist attacks, murders and all kinds of disasters and cruelties that leave us in a perpetual state of anxiety and fear.
Whenever I got caught up in such negative energy, I began to feel weak and powerless. Before I knew it, my immunity (both physical and spiritual) declined, and I started drawing in the experiences that confirmed my fears.
Living with anxiety induced by the media activates stress hormones. When this happens, we lose our ability to think clearly. According to brain studies, stress hormones constrict blood vessels in the forebrain, suppressing the center of deliberate action (in the front cerebral cortex). The energy of fear can paralyze us.
But that's not all.
Falling asleep with fear and stress allows such energy into our sleep awareness, when we are most susceptible to suggestion. Our brain (our consciousness) "stores" this information. This can have enormous significance.
Consider your viewing habits. Besides the news, what kinds of movies do you watch? A movie that is well-done will seize your emotions. A movie may last a couple of hours, but the information goes into our memory storehouse. The subconscious mind does not differentiate between fantasy and reality; instead, it stores such information as "memories" thus directing future information based on these experiences, whether fictional or not.
Remember, like attracts like. The more we watch the news or the kinds of movies that are full of violence or drama, the more we fortify a resonance field of worry and fear.
Instead of identifying more and more with what you DO NOT want, try identifying more and more with what you DO WANT.
How? Allow energies that are conducive to your health and well-being for a few days to see how it affects you, and then expand from there. Try the following:
- Limit your news intake. Wean yourself. Better yet, quit cold turkey. The sooner, the better.
- Read literature that uplifts and edifies you.
- Listen to uplifting music, such as meditation, massage, or Reiki music.
- Associate with people who support and encourage you.
- Keep a journal filled with positive affirmations and thoughts.
- Send letters/e-mails/cards filled with the energy of love.
- Repeat positive, affirmative statements to yourself as you begin to drift off to sleep.
- When confronted with the news, send blessings. Send light and love in its direction.
- Watch movies and programs that inspire and encourage you.
The more often you do this, the faster those influences will become your reality.
Let yourself be well.