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When the News Overwhelms Me

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“Although you appear in earthly form, your essence is pure consciousness. You are the fearless guardian of Divine Light.” RUMI

I have to be careful what I allow myself to read because I am easily affected by violence; it makes me feel pain and sorrow. Then I get angry that humans are still hurting others (human and non human animals). The thing is I know there are a number of positive things happening in the world but only the worst stories get reported on. When I read about the tragedies I just want to scream. I can’t stand it. Feeling is so immensely painful at times like this when I have been reading and watching too many negative stories happening around the globe. What do you do to handle the pain? I don’t like being ignorant of what is going on in the world but it really hurts me knowing the horrors in detail. Maybe it’s better to be ignorant in this case.

Ever since I was a child I have felt too much. Then I learned how to dissociate and not feel at all. But therapy has given me back my ability to feel and I find it can get overwhelming for me. Why does the news have to share such negative stories? I think if there were more positive stories being shared people would raise their own vibration level to match and lower vibrations contributing to negative stories would diminish. We are perpetuating the negative incidences occurring by disseminating them on a global scale. What would happen to our world if we stopped reporting every negative story and started reporting only the positive? Would the world become more positive? How do you feel when you hang around happy people? Good? Then negative/miserable people? Low? I believe we need to focus on what we wish to cultivate in our world. By focusing on violence and injustice that is what we cultivate but that does not need to be the case!

I am not saying depressed people or people going through hard times have to pretend they are happy; what I am talking about is the widespread cultural obsession in the press to circulate negative events. We need a cultural shift that focuses on everything positive and beneficial that is happening so we can contribute to that energy level. Our own personal vibration will increase the more we think and do positive things.

Trust me when I say I have not always believed these things I’m saying here but I believe them now. These ideas I am sharing have presented themselves to me and I trust them to be true-I KNOW they are true. Oh how I wish I could influence more people so that the news we listen to/watch or read would be good news! You don’t need to live in a fantasy world either to believe what I do. I don’t think my thoughts are fantastical. In fact I know there are more people besides myself who believe the same things. Good stuff happens all the time but we close our eyes to it and only watch for the bad because that is how we have been conditioned. It need not be this way though.

If you believe, as I do, that what we “feed” is what “grows” then you’ll see how I came to my conclusion. The more we feed our media/press with horrible news the larger it becomes. It “spreads” and takes over. But imagine how nice it would be if we could start seeing only positive news? I know I’m repeating myself but it’s important to reiterate my message. I want our world to be a happy place. Maybe you don’t think it’s possible with everything that is going on now but that’s just because we never get to hear about all the wonderful, good news happening in every corner of our globe.

What do you notice when someone does a kind act for you? You feel nice and maybe want to do a kind thing for someone else, right? Well, likewise, with our media/press we would start feeling compelled to act in more positive ways if we noticed others doing so. Although it may be unpleasant to think we are so easily influenced by others it remains true that others definitely do influence our actions. There may be a few of us who are less influenced but it doesn’t mean we aren’t influenced at all. So I think now is the time to start spreading positive messages to counteract the negativity in circulation.

Now don’t misinterpret what I am saying here. I am not saying we cannot share our feelings and thoughts if they are less positive, just that we need to be careful what we are “feeding”. Even very optimistic people have their low moments but they tend not to put much focus/energy into them. By simply acknowledging our feelings or thoughts and accepting them we are demonstrating some compassion for ourselves. Learning compassion will greatly benefit you and everyone around you. If we can show loving kindness to ourselves we’ll be kinder to others too; it will be a ripple effect.

This is how we will change the news because we won’t tolerate endless negative stories from our news sources. The public will demand more positive news be included and not just as a token piece at the back of the paper or at the end of a news report. I know I might sound slightly mad here but I am pretty sure my ideas aren’t so ‘far out there’ really.

Think about it.

How do you cope with the endless onslaught of negative news everyday?

Β©Natalya, 2013.

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Author: Natalya

Blogging my thoughts and feelings about mostly mental health, meditation and spirituality(non religious). Hoping to connect with other interesting people in the blogosphere. *The name is Russian and is my pseudonym.

20 thoughts on “When the News Overwhelms Me

  1. I will listen to enough to know what’s going on, so I can be aware for blogging and that’s it. I can’t handle much news either.

  2. I think you have a good point there actually. I think also the world has stopped smiling to each other. At least, in my corner of the globe. A lot of happiness can be spread with a smile but it is so unusual for a stranger to smile at you now! The news terrifies me. I have no idea how I would cope if I was in America right now, for instance. Far too much threat going on I have to keep an emotional distance from the news. xx

    • Thanks Bourbon. I think it’s nice to have someone smile at you and I usually try to smile at people if they aren’t creepy! LOL But fewer people smile back. It’s disappointing. Fewer people hold the door open too but some still do. I try to do so.

      Living in Canada I am not sure how people feel in the U.S. but imagine they are afraid too. The recent Boston bombing was tragic but Syrians and Iraqis have large scale bombings regularly. So I don’t think the U.S. is too bad. They have their problems of course. Bad things happen anywhere one lives. I, personally, am glad I don’t live in the Middle East where women are seen as possessions or some Asian countries where female babies are killed frequently because males are viewed more favourably.

      In spite of everything I believe a lot of good people are around and we just have to see the bad news as exceptions to the rule. If there were more bad people than good I think we would be much worse off. I am cautiously optimistic we will see good things happening. It might be delusional of me but it keeps me hopeful!

  3. I’d read a paper that reported only “good news” πŸ™‚

  4. Thanks for the link-up! I think there are a lot more of us out there who feel this way, and we need to start making those changes and being vocal about it! So many thoughts about why and how we got to this point, but I think comes down to remembering who and what we are in our cores, and that most of us aren’t remembering.

    Looked thru some if your other blog posts – I feel like we are on similar wavelengths! Liking forward to seeing what else is still to come. πŸ™‚

  5. [ Smiles ] There are alternative news sites that actually cover only positive news. We don’t need to be sponges for the mainstream media.

    Lovely article!

  6. I totally agree. I have a huge intake of media and the news is downright depressing, especially as of late. More recently, I’ve stopped watching the morning news before work. I don’t want to be uninformed, but I also don’t want to start off my day with negativity and sadness….it’s a trade-off, but it’s worth it to sequester peace of mind for as long as possible. I strongly believe that focusing more on positivity in the mainstream media would make a difference, one way or the other. I mean, what do we have to lose?

    • Thank you. I am glad to hear I am not alone in being fed up with mainstream news. Peace of mind is better than being informed (IMO) when it’s only negative things we’re being informed of. Thanks for your insights πŸ™‚

  7. Do not watch the news, sometimes hear it shortly on the radio. These days radio is safer than internet, because of its visual nature. If you would take the time to note for every article you listen to, watch or read, whether it was helpful to know, just gossip or information that shouldn’t touch you cause too far away, you will see that you don’t miss anything if you forget to watch, or read or listen to the news.

  8. Thanks for sharing your experience. And your thoughts.

  9. I really, really feel this, can relate to it. I agree yes that good stuff happens all the time, but when humans are so damaging, cruel, nasty, evil…. you just wonder, just wonder, for we have so much potential for joy.

    A really thoughtful post this one, I can very much relate.

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