It’s been 2 years since I got rid of my TV and it was one of the best things I have ever done to improve my personal development. Why? Because only now I am realizing the bad influence of the media on our sub consciousness.
The first positive thing that happened to me was that I improved my sleep. That’s right, no more tossing and turning in the middle of the night. I sleep like a little tiny baby. Then I became more peaceful and I have realized that my sixth sense has become stronger. I can actually feel it. Now my meditations are so deep and relaxed that I feel the awareness and the peace in my soul. I am not nervous anymore, I am calm and capable of forgiving. The other benefits from not watching TV are: greater emotional stability, high productivity, exploring new hobbies, more energy, better mental clarity.
I have not rejected the TV completely, I still have the device at my living room, but I don’t have cable TV. I am just using it to watch a couple of comedies that I really enjoy. Since I work from home, I often watch online shows during lunch. Even though I don’t watch a lot of TV, I’m mesmerized by the overwhelming benefits.
First, I decided to try to become more aware of what TV was doing for me. Without changing my viewing habits, I attempted to observe them more consciously. Were my favorite shows as entertaining as I thought? I noticed that even during an episode I considered very funny, I barely laughed at all . I mostly just thought it was clever. I compared this to spending time with friends where we’d typically share many laughs together.
The next thing I did was to separate TV viewing from meals. I began eating lunch in silence, while talking to my siblings, while reading or listening to audio programs, or even while continuing to work. I noticed that without the food, watching TV was rather boring. Without TV to distract me, I started paying more attention to what I was eating for lunch, so I began preparing higher quality meals with greater variety. When watching TV I’d often make a bowl of muesli or fried eggs, but I started making curried baked potatoes and other interesting dishes after realizing that my lunches had become boring too. The simple act of separating TV from meals raised my awareness of the blandness of both.
Incidentally, a common challenge in personal development is that we must sometimes take a step backwards in order to take two steps forward. My attempt to raise my awareness of my TV viewing habits made both the TV shows and my meals more boring — a seemingly negative result. But when there’s no path forward, that’s when we need to shift into reverse, admitting that our forward path is blocked and will not lead us to joy.
I’ve noticed that without TV as my so-called entertainment, I feel a greater impulse to enjoy other forms of entertainment and especially to do more traveling. I also started spending a lot more time outdoors.
I’m realizing that TV is a pretty weak form of entertainment compared to the alternatives. So, at that point I have no desire to bring back the broadcasting and the cable TV. And I am saving money.
There is a brilliant book called “Brain Building in just 12 weeks”, by Marilyn vos Savant , she is the woman who holds the Guinness record for the highest IQ.
She describes that TV reduces your capacity for rational thought. One reason is that TV oversimplifies reality. You’re presented with subjects in a matter of minutes where everything is nicely wrapped up at the end. Reality is reduced to labels like good or bad, funny or serious, smart or dumb. This harms clear thinking by conditioning you to expect that most problems have a simple, clear solution (and if not, then it will be an overly dramatic solution). But real people and events defy labels. Real life weaves a much richer tapestry than TV, and too much TV viewing can make it hard to see and appreciate that tapestry for what it is. TV skews your map of reality.
Watching so much TV is simply a bad habit. If your bad habit is to watch TV when you have nothing else to do, then switch to a good habit like reading, or doing yoga or talking to a friend. If you watch TV when you’re too tired to do anything else, then go to sleep or simply lie down or meditate. If you need to rest, simply rest.
It’s worth trying believe me. Once you realize you have so much time left at the end of the day, you will be happy to discover new creativity and your hidden talents.
Please share your comments if you have ever had the courage to reduce watching TV.