SEE NO EVIL! WHY I DON’T WATCH THE NEWS
The news and I, we are not friends. I don’t watch any news programs or read any newspapers, online or otherwise.
Naive? Disconnected? Narrow-minded? Limited? Selfish?
Yep… I’ve heard it ALL and more. If you were thinking any of those when you read the first sentence of this post, I don’t blame you. I get your opinion, but what it boils down is this: I see it as pointless, futile, negative, restrictive and seriously useless.
Ultimately, the way I contribute and care about the world and its people is through a very different tactic. Not on the sideline ‘observing’ the destruction and chaos but right in it planting seeds of love.
I spend ALOT of time chipping away at my own layers of limiting beliefs, egoic-games, emotional blocks, past traumas. I purposefully and completely lean into this stuff, completely ready to face it all. Why? Because I know that I can make a real difference by doing so. Not just to my existence, but ultimately to the people I share my life with – husband, family, friends, clients and even further afield to total strangers.
My faith resides in the power of ONE, knowing that I am ONE of a collective, universal energy. My faith resides in the power of LOVE, knowing that it is a greater energy than that of FEAR.
So, leaning into my stuff ultimately allows me to grow and evolve and therefore contribute in a greater way. That’s how I see it, no… rewrite – that’s how I FEEL it to be true. That’s my truth.
Now, on the flipside, watching the news is not something I feel to be supportive. I see it as feeding the fire of fear. Leaning into the news of the day from death, destruction and famine to materialism, media hype and celebrity glorification does not provide me with any real power. I cannot change any of it.
What I do know happens is I absorb the pain from whatever I’m seeing/reading about. I am an incredibly sensitive person. It’s no long before I am feeling outrage at what I am seeing… futile resistance. Or I’m experiencing deep hurt and sadness. Even more useless is frustration, comparison and judgement. I don’t care which celebrity has married/divorced, got botox or anything else irrelevant to my life. I also don’t want to be feeling judgement towards them and what they do.
In a nutshell, the news affects my outlook on my life, my existence and the world.
It affects how I feel for the rest of the day and adds layers upon layer of guilt, judgement, resistance, fear, anger, sadness and more.
My husband will often come home from work and say: Claire, did you hear about XYZ? Often, the answer is… um, nope. He thinks it’s bananas, fair enough. He thinks it’s a little disconnected and perhaps self-obsessed. Fair enough. The truth is if I need to know something important, I’ll hear about it – twitter, facebook, instagram (and my husband) all happen to be channels I’m exposed to (that’s plenty, right?)
But my question back to him is. “How has it affected YOU? What kind of emotions and energy do you now feel knowing what you know? What kind of emotions and energy are you now feeding back into the universe? What are YOU going to do about it?”
Have you heard the saying: ‘Energy flows where attention goes’?
Is it possible that our obsession with witnessing despair, destruction and pain could be drawing attention to and feeding energy back into it?
If you believe in the power of energy and your thoughts then perhaps you might consider where in your life you are absorbing energy and thoughts that are NOT in alignment with who you want to be and what you want to put back into the world. Just as thinking negative, self-deprecating thoughts will only perpetuate your story of limitation then the same goes for what you read, see, witness and absorb.
I am by no means asking you to ‘turn a blind’ eye to humanity and the stories within it, but mostly highlighting that perhaps we continue to FEED the negativity by seeking it out all the time.
Maybe there is a better way we can contribute?
I’m sure this is a hot topic. I’d love to hear your thoughts below in the comments!
love + light