I grew up with television. It was my dear friend. It taught me English (through Cartoon Network) and it comforted me in times of stress.
Most people grow up with television. And the news. It’s easy to use it as an escape from the world, and from your feelings.
It can feel good to switch on and switch off, but is it what you want to be doing for the rest of your life?
TV can be useful, but it has the tendency to take over your life and push you into a pool of procrastination.
Nothing moves. Nothing gets done. Your dreams fade away.
Of course, the same can be said about sitting in front of your computer.
I do think that computer clicking is a bit more active, but if you’re watching cats on YouTube, you might want to reconsider your approach.
With all that said, enjoy!
How many hours a day do you spend watching the TV? If you spend just 2 hours a day watching TV, that amounts to 730 hours per year, which is around 30 days. In other words, you’re spending 1 month per year watching TV. Imagine what you could do with that time if TV didn’t exist in your life.
Let’s face it, most of us can’t help ourselves if we have the TV right in front of us. It’s almost like having a twitter tab in your browser up while you’re “supposed” to be doing something productive.
You can’t help but click that tab and see if something new is going on. The simple solution is to eliminate TV from your life entirely. The more accessible you make TV, the more you’ll watch it, because it’s so easy to turn on.
If you don’t want to throw out your TV, you can always cancel all the cable or whatever you have giving you your entertainment. That’s what I did when I had a TV. I sold mine a month before I moved to Spain.
Getting rid of your TV gives you momentum to build your discipline, so take advantage of it!
Everyone has a compulsion to interact and be social. After all, we’re social people that need interaction. When you kill your TV, you may notice an empty feeling. It’s almost as if something is missing from your life.
For me this feeling happens when I am without internet, especially if I have no friends or family around. It makes me want to call someone and hang out.
When I stopped watching TV, I suddenly noticed more energy. I have no idea how this happened. If TV was a life-form, it would be a vampire. It makes you feel good while sucking you dry.
Try eliminating TV from your life even for a few weeks and write down the improvements in your life. I think you’ll be surprised at what you find. Once you’ve made the jump, you most likely will never want to go back to being a TV-slave again.
Many people that I’ve talked to say that they’ve experienced heightened clarity when they eliminated TV from their life. When I stopped watching, clarity wasn’t something I was tuned into, so I can’t say that I noticed anything.
Although in hindsight it does feel like something happened. My mind became sharper, clearer and more powerful. There are a lot of things going on when watching TV that we don’t know about. I’m not even going to start speculating what they are, but one thing is for sure—they do affect our minds.
When you watch TV, you’re in receive-mode, but when you stop and reduce TV, news and unnecessary entertainment in general, you go into creation mode. Just look at what your mind does when you’re lying in a field on a hot, summer day—it starts to day dream and imagine.
If nothing else, I’ve found that I have a lot more time to indulge in other more meaningful things. Inspiration strikes me often when I’m doing something that occupies my mind, but still keeps the channels open, so to speak. A few good examples are walking, meditating and washing the dishes. No dishwasher needed! 😉
Whether you like it or not, you are affected by what you watch. You start to second guess yourself on what you wear. What will people think of you if you deviate from the norm?
By decreasing outside pressure and programming, you’ll start to see your own uniqueness. Everyone talks about being remarkable. Being remarkable to me means being your true, authentic self.
Your map of reality gets distorted by TV. Your brain cannot differentiate between what’s real and what’s imagined. When I stopped watching, I felt freer to express myself. I was no longer bombarded with the standards TV forced on me.
The less input you have to base your beliefs on, the more you’ll create them from your own experiences and feelings. It also gives you the possibility to listen for guidance from other mystical places ;).
9. Advanced Civilizations
Let’s try an exercise in creative imagination, if you will. Imagine if we had the technology to fly to other civilizations on other planets. What if we landed and saw all of them staring at a screen? What would your first reaction be? You’d probably think that they weren’t the brighest race in the universe, at least I would.
Now imagine an advanced civilization. What do you think they would be doing? Do you think they would spend a large chunk of their time watching unnecessary entertainment on an electronic screen? Or do you think they would be doing what they love while benefiting their whole race? Who knows.