Our world is one of constant intake, if you allow it. There is something available to you 24 hours a day and 365 days a year. There used to be a time when channels went off on television and you were forced to stare at nothing which encouraged you to turn off the tv and get some rest.
Now, there is always something to watch, read or do. It is at your fingertips when you want it, but is it good for you. I am very choosy about what I allow myself to absorb. I am aware that when you consume too much of anything that it can begin to affect you in ways that you may not be aware of. Too much food will cause you to gain weight. I believe that too much negativity can place the weight of a burden on you that you are not meant to carry.
Many years ago, I decided to only watch the local news once a day and for as brief as possible. There are some days when I don’t watch the news at all. I stopped because I felt myself becoming paranoid and afraid. I understand that bad things do happen in the world and I am aware of the dangers, but I don’t want to live my life focused on everything that could happen to me. I believe that your thoughts create your reality and what you focus on expands. I would rather focus on the possibilities of life rather than the negatives.
I still get the news, but I view it online where I can pick what I want to effect my psyche. I also make the same decisions about music, tv, movies and online. I don’t overload my mind with things I don’t want to think about. Images and words can have a powerful affect on how you view the world. I am not saying that I only look at puppies and rainbows. It would be unrealistic to only view positive, but there is nothing wrong with limiting your exposure. Remember, you have a choice about everything that you allow to enter your mind, body and spirit. A better life is one that renews you instead of deplete you.
“What we focus on, we empower and enlarge. Good multiplies when focused upon. Negativity multiplies when focused upon. The choice is ours: Which do we want more of?” – Julia Cameron
Do you limit your intake of negativity? How do you do it? Share in comments.