I have been avoiding writing anything that is for this blog. I have been keeping to my goal of reading and writing something every day. None of it has been for outside my journal. I most especially do not want to write this post. But, it is this post that I need to write before anything else is going to come out of me in any sort of coherency.
There is so much going on in the world these days that is huge. Natural disasters, wars, and abuse seem like fodder for the press to whip people into a frenzy about until the stories can be dropped and the next one can be spun up. It all distracts from and detracts from reality.
I am very selective about how I receive my information. I read my news. I do not watch it. I use sources originating in several different countries. I don’t watch the talking heads on the television because news to me is overly sensationalized.
There’s too much vritti and too little substance.
I do not wish to hear speculation upon speculation for days on topics. That isn’t news. It’s hyped-up opinion. And too much of it sets my head spinning to worry and obsession. It is supposed to do that. It is supposed to keep me so upset and off balance that I won’t think critically. I won’t ask questions. I’ll be scared and need comfort. Comfort that can be sold to me.
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Or I can remain calm and try to avoid the natural tendency to rubberneck about the news. I can try to write something here that will not increase the inner feelings of panic and distraction that so many feel. Wallowing in chitta is disempowering. And if you think those news programs don’t want you in a disempowered, disconcerted state just before they go to commercial, than you don’t understand the news at all.
I am concentrating on what I can do. I worry for my Aunt who was traveling in Japan on vacation when the earthquake and tsunami hit and now can not leave. I don’t know what the current situation means for her future health. So, I am sending her as much power and love as I can.
I am sending thoughts of peace and health for those still living or those who have lost someone in several parts of the world right now because they are motherdaughtersisterwivefathersonbrotherhusbands like me. I send them support through money and meditation. I work with my family and friends to build a center of stability right here because this is my rock to cling to. Just as theirs is for them. Just as yours is for you. This is my Yoga.
Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Sutra 1.2:
Yoga chitta vritti nirodaha: Yoga is the stillness of the fluctuations of the mind
Yoga = process of yoking or integration; union
chitta = of the consciousness of the mind
vritti = fluctuations, modifications, changes of the mind
nirodaha = control, regulation, channeling, mastery, integration, coordination, understanding, stilling, quieting, setting aside of
- Engaging your manas, dealing with pain and confusion, experiencing bliss (ancientindians.wordpress.com)
- The True Nature of Self (prayersmantrasspirituallyrics.wordpress.com)
- Living your essence….In everything you do! (sibylledallmann.wordpress.com)
How do you get your news? Do you limit it in any way? How does it affect you peace of mind?