I remember back in September 2008 I was working a graveyard shift at a group home for adults. I had the TV on CNN and they were going over and over and over again all of the things that were happening and causing our economy to collapse. That was just the beginning of the current economic situation our country is in. After about 4 hours of it I began to feel sick to my stomach. I turned the TV off for a while until I felt better and then I watched cooking shows and competitions on Food Network. That night was my first realization as to how negativity from the media affects me physically and emotionally.
From there on out I committed to be a minimalist when it comes to watching the news. I really don’t like watching anything that creates fear or negativity, including movies. I prefer the happy, feel-good kinds of movies in my life, like Secretariat, for instance. I also avoid talk radio, especially about politics.
A few weeks ago I was sitting on the couch, feeding my baby and watching the news with my hubby. I don’t do this often but felt the urge to spend some time with him. He left the room to get a snack when a news story about Arthur Gary Bishop, a serial killer and child molester, aired. I was feeding my baby and couldn’t get up to get the remote and change the channel so I watched, knowing what this was doing to my body and energy field. I have young children and live in a quiet cul-de-sac where I almost always feel safe. The following day, I found my little boy hiding behind his bedroom door, crying. When I asked him what was wrong, he responded “There’s a car outside with strangers in it. I was too scared to go wave good-bye to sister.” I have always taught my kids to come inside if they feel unsafe when strangers are outside, but I couldn’t help but feel like this fear had been exacerbated by my watching of Bishop’s news story the day before. I was mentally kicking myself for allowing this energy into my home. I guess another reminder for me to stay away from the media was necessary.
Not only do we experience fear and negativity from the news, but we see it in commercials too. Drug companies are notorious for convincing us that we need vaccinations for cervical cancer and Pertussis, and for prescription drugs to make us feel less depressed, fix our toe fungus, heart disease, acid reflux, etc. They spend BILLIONS brainwashing us! Toy companies convince our children that they need every single toy that is shown during Saturday morning cartoons. Retailers are putting out Christmas stuff before Halloween and playing Christmas music before Thanksgiving is even over, in an effort to get us to buy sooner so we’ll spend more.
I decided to write this article because I just finished watching a YouTube video. Susan Lindauer, former CIA Asset, was revealing secrets hidden by the US Government about the 9-11 Terrorist Attacks. After I finished watching this, I clicked on another video where a doctor was talking about how our government is killing us with food. She mentioned an organization called Codex, that allows harmful pesticides to be used on our food, and also mentioned commercially raised meats being loaded full of growth hormones and antibiotics. I couldn’t finish watching it. My stomach is hurting and I now have a big lump in my throat. I need to go scream into my pillow and get rid of this negativity! Ick!
I have to admit that staying in my safe, little bubble keeps me unaware of many things going on in the world. Usually I can get enough information about something by watching what my friends are posting on Facebook. But sometimes, not knowing keeps me focused on the things that are important in my world. I also want to continue believing that my environment is safe because creating too much fear causes more bad things to happen. And the biggest payoff for staying in my own little bubble, of course, is not allowing the anxiety and angst to fill my body and affect my children. I believe we are safer, happier, healthier and more prosperous because of it.
Image Sources: Google Images, key words: fear face.