My friends have learned that it’s a useless task to chat with me about the news. In fact, I had to ask someone to explain Obamacare because I didn’t have a clue.
I’m happy with that. I keep a distant eye on world affairs and that’s close enough.
The pervasive negativity of the news gets into my blood and with my sharp memory, it’s a potent combo. I literally can spin on a story — like slavery, the decimation of African elephants, etc — for weeks and feel depressed and helpless.
I learned long ago to respect my sensitivities and that if I wanted a successful business and a healthy life, that respect would extend 24/7, not just when I’m teaching or in a Tarot session. So, I started with turning off the news. I don’t have a TV but that doesn’t mean much in the computer age — even when I search for something on Bing, there’s news at the bottom of the page.
As much as I love the expansiveness of technology, there are times I want to completely unplug (I think it’s because I’m a Gen X baby, straddling both worlds) but rely on it too much for work and information. I have two computers, a Kindle and just bought a phone that connects to the mothership, so I’m not walking away anytime soon.
What I do is control my time/presence online and connect it all to Shivaya Wellness or my writing. I power down my electronics at night and don’t have any in the bedroom. I have no interest in a personal FB account or tracking the minutiae of my days. I’m even careful with the movies I watch right before bed, as they will filter into my dreams. It’s super important for me to have time to think and write. The quiet offers me a space but if my mind is crowded with tasks or stories that bring me down, I’m of little use to the world.
In my classes, we often talk about having boundaries and dealing with negative people. But energy is energy, and it’s held in everything: what we eat, think, watch, say, project. And if you’re sensitive, all of it is highly influential.
This isn’t to say that you have to throw out your electronics or stop watching the news. You just have to choose your filters and know when to press “off”.