I made a six month commitment to stop watching television. This included no “news”papers or magazines, violent or dramatic movies, or rag magazines. And after six months this is what I learned:
I can choose my own experience, instead of some manipulative, fear-based, profit-driven ideology deciding it for me.
I learned that there is nothing new about the News. It repeatedly presents the same worldview: greed, negligence, disrespect, zero accountability, the end of the world as we know it and then for dessert, some unnecessarily glorified celebrity’s sad life.
A decade ago, the Red Hot Chili Pepper's wrote a song called “Throw Away Your Television," which includes this line:
"It's a repeat of a story told. It's a repeat and it's getting old."
We live in a wondrous world, and as long as I am clear in my intention and live a respectful life, it will provide anything I ask.
As a result, since creating that board, in the last two years, I traveled all-expense-paid to Nigeria and Tanzania, climbed the foothills of Mt. Kilimanjaro and took a 9-day cruise through the Bahamas with the Royal Saudi Family. (Yes, interesting. I shall say no more.)
I now live in SoHo, New York City with the exposed brick walls I've always imagined. If I can manifest these small dreams as a "tester," imagine what's next!
The choice is yours: Tune Out to Tune In. Live Your life Or Theirs. Or, to quote the Red Hot Chili Peppers:
“Slay the plague for it's contagious, Pull the plug and take the stages, Throw away your television now.”
Here are a few steps to help you start creating your own experience:
1. Drop the news media.
It’s toxic to the mind, spirit and only creates anxiety and stress in the body. If cold-turkey scares you, start slow by lessening your intake hour-by-hour, day-by-day.
Start by sitting for five minutes a day. And just be the witness to your breath. As thoughts come up, don’t enroll just say “thanks but no thanks”, let them drift by and come back to your breath. Be patient. There is plenty of guided meditation online, or send me an email. I'll help point you in the right direction.
3. Create a vision board.
Look at it for a few minutes daily, envisioning yourself in those places or doing those things you've always dreamed of. In time, they will show up. Again be patient.