“I am so upset with all the news and violence today. I wonder if watching it created more of it? If we all watch the news and the sadness, are we in fact creating it? Is that why so many young people are killing others? They are saddened and feel no one cares and see the news of others killing themselves, so they think they should? Is media creating more sadness and violence…? Again, should I turn off my TV and not watch it, or is that a coward’s way out? I fear that all the people watching the tragedies are creating more.” ~ PJ, Parma
Personally, I have not been able to watch the traditional news in MANY years and feel much better off for it! INFLUENCES that we surround ourselves with, whether it be negative news or people, do take some of our energy away and can cause us to feel “heavy” and depleted.
I tell my clients they can stay “informed” but do so in ways that won’t leave them exhausted or feeling powerless. There are positive news networks and there are ways of also just getting headlines from the news and if you feel VERY compelled to find out more… you can. I recommend positive news sources such as happynews.com or goodnewsnetwork.org. There are many more you can find by searching for “Happy news” on Google.
Media has been known for the “lead story” presented being the most traumatic — and this trend probably won’t change too soon. So it is up to US to choose WHAT we want to read, watch, and be in the energy of and surround ourselves with. It is not the coward’s way out – I feel it is a “conscious and aware” person that CHOOSES what they want to be in the energy of and allow to influence them. By being around positive influences – stories, people, situations – we are MUCH more apt to FEEL powerful and create from there. If we sit around and watch hours of news filled with fear, it is very doubtful we will feel inspired to do much of anything except complain about how “bad” everything is.
By watching too much negativity, I feel we get desensitized or become so sensitive to it we do feel powerless and overwhelmed. Thank you for noticing how it makes you feel and knowing you can do something to make yourself feel better. THIS is to be celebrated… and by you taking this step and writing in, you are also making others aware and THAT is also a gift for others! Thank you!