Friday, January 16, 2009

Why you might turn off your TV...

All seems so calm in the world...
I sit, in the dark, life feels free and beautiful.

However, from the voices of my clients, my family, and friends I hear the high energy stress they glean from the news. They tell me about the economy with fear behind their voices. They tell me about what could happen... what might happen... what horrible thing has happened. Their energy seems to come from nowhere, it seems to me.

You see, I don't have a television, and I don't watch the news.

This doesn't mean I don't know what is going on in the world. I read my Yahoo news most days, and I receive my local paper. However, this kind of news isn't creating the huge amount of fear in people's lives. I had experienced what people are watching just the other day.

I was at my local taqueria, where they have the TV blasting, and I was listening to the man tell us all how horrible everything is, with a very concerned look. I felt stressed in minutes!

The fact is, I know the economy has turned, but is that a real excuse to live in fear?
What are you afraid of? Losing your home? Not being able to eat? Not being able to receive health care? Guess what? You are right! Your worst fears may come to pass...

Let's look at Day 2.

Yes, imagine all of the worst has come to pass and you are sad, scared and miserable. Allow yourself to live the whole first day in the biggest pity party anyone has ever seen. It's okay, you have earned it. Now, what are you going to do the next day? Are you going to shrivel up in a ball and cry? Maybe, but what good would that do? What if... instead of worrying about Day 1, you take action and plan your Day 2?

Plan what you will do if all your worst fears come to pass. What will you do? Apply for food stamps? Look for low income housing? Look for another job? Unemployment? Rent someone's land to farm? Buy and live in an RV? What are the possibilities in your life? Make a serious list of at least 10 positive actions to take to get you back on track of living.

Put this list in with your emergency kit and leave it knowing you now have the tools you need to take should the worst happen. Then stop watching the news, turn off your TV, get dressed up in your warm clothes and go outside. Take a deep relaxing breath, and know you are okay right now... in this minute. You are a strong and capable adult. Feel the power of your strength and wisdom... and feel the calmness of the world.

1 comment:

Heather's Moving Castle said...

I don't watch the news either. It is amazing what a difference it makes. My husband does and he is a bit more negative at times. We have been through the worst several times and all is well now. It felt like hell at the time. And we now live very simply as a result. I can't wait to get out today despite the cold here in Iowa. Peace to you! I'll get to meet you in May at LIG!