Three ways to make watching TV and the Internet an Exercise in Real Conscious Living!sam
by Nancy Mramor Kajuth, Ph.D.
Are you an avid TV, movie or Internet fan who wants a more conscious life, but finds yourself surrounded in media and entertainment, text messages, and the Internet? Or are you a moderate user of media who just enjoys your screen time? Either way, you can use the time you spend with your devices and screens as time to practice conscious living, instead of seeing it as time away from your conscious life!
Any way you look at it, movies, TV, the Internet, billboards, magazines and newspapers, and social media are illusionary forms of selling, entertaining and educating you. Even “reality TV,” the Evening News, and documentaries are produced selectively with some details included for dramatic effect while others are omitted.
The illusions are often presented in a persuasive, subliminal way that enters the mind before you have realized it. And it is done to keep you viewing, buying and believing in the message, so the marketing is clever and successful indeed! They are doing a great job of reaching you. But wouldn’t you like to know which illusions you are taking in without knowing it? Wouldn’t you like to be the one to decide which messages you take in and which you leave behind?
Learning conscious viewing skills is the answer; and once you have them, you can’t lose them! They will even spill over into the rest of your life, making conscious living second nature. Does it sound like a lot to achieve? It is actually fun, interesting and mind-opening to wake up to messages that have hypnotized you until now, so that you can decide what supports your authentic life and what clutters your mind and takes you away from your purpose. You can go from getting r-e-e-l to getting r-e-a-l while having a great time! Media viewing will become an experience in conscious living, an ongoing exercise in self-awareness and a way to find out what is real at the core of you, not reel in the messages on the screen. And you don’t have to give up your favorite media; you can have your media and be the producer of your own life at the same time.
Enjoy crime shows?
Too many crime shows or dramas can make you feel less safe, or cause you to over estimate the amount of crime that is around you. But it’s not likely to have that effect if you use the SpyTV Activity. Spy by viewing as an observer to detect what messages are in the show. Then decide whether you will accept or reject them. And finally you can release or replace them. It’s all a conscious choice. And if your life feels too filled with drama, view it as you would a movie, using the three steps above, so that you are the producer of your own life.
Are romantic comedies and dramedies your favorites?
View the romantic plot carefully. Does it send a message about love being limited, complicated, hard to attain? Check to see what the message of the movie or show is, and then ask your self if you have the same pattern. Do you find that partners are scarce, that there are always complications or that you have to climb mountains to find them? If so, set a new connection in your brain by anchoring; Think of a positive past romantic experience or even one from the media that you would prefer in your life. Then give your conscious attention to that idea. The more you anchor to it by thinking about it, visualizing it and creating it, the more consciously you can view and live. Allow a word or phrase to come to you that you connect with the visual image that you have chosen. And whenever old patterns come to mind, replace them with your new image and phrase. It’s an opportunity for more conscious choice.
Dedicated to politics, shows about money and the news?
Advertising, especially, uses the anchoring technique mentioned in the section on romantic comedies. They associate things that aren’t really connected, but are desirable, with the product. For example Clydesdale horses are associated with drinks, sexy men with deodorant and babies with just about everything from car insurance to orange juice. When you view news and politics, pay attention to the associations.
Each person in this arena is creating an image for you to trust and follow. Watch to see if the association rings true for you. Check your intuition, your gut reaction, before following. The same is true for political figures who have an image that they project. Use your intuition, not past mental programming, to decide if the image feels true to you. Accept or reject, consciously rather getting caught in the illusion of what is presented.
Does the Internet keep you occupied and distracted?
You may spend an appropriate amount of time on the Internet, but if you prefer it to other activities or even find yourself glued to your devices to see who is sending you a text, what is trending, or posting photos of your current activities, then it may be an issue. Set a timer and give yourself a specific amount of time to search the net and then sign-off. And especially sign-off if you are in the company of friends and family. Being present in the moment is the only way to capture the present rather than living it through the photo you post about it online.
Studies show that text messages can be misinterpreted and that if you try to resolve the issue through your devices, it is likely to get worse. Instead make eye contact, see and call the people who matter in your life. Make a conscious choice.
And enjoy media that makes you feel good, supports the goals that you have for yourself and don’t leave you confused, chasing illusionary goals imposed in media messages. Instead choose media that restores and enlivens you, consciously.
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