A few days ago, I traveled by train out of town in the morning. The train was very crowded. All the seats were taken, and a lot of passengers, including me, were standing.
When I looked around, I noticed a strange sight. Almost everyone on the train was reading a newspaper, the passengers who were sitting, as well as the passengers who were standing. Everyone was engrossed in reading the newspaper, nobody looking around, or through the windows,
It seemed as if all the people were unconnected to the surrounding world. It looked as if everyone was living in another world, unaware of what was happening around them.
Let’s discuss what was actually happening.
The people on the train were reading a newspaper. Many news items and articles in the newspapers are negative news. Not that there aren’t good things happening on the planet, but since negative news are sensational and awaken emotions, they sell better. Therefore, you find a lot of news about disasters and problems in the newspapers.
- By reading such stuff every day, you program your subconscious mind to see problems, and believe that this is a bad and difficult world.
- By stuffing your mind with negative information, you program your mind to see and expect bad things.
You might disagree, but this process happens involuntarily and unconsciously.
If this process happens every day, it effect on you grows more and more every day. Your mind gets programmed to see the world through certain kind of glasses.
In this way, without being aware, you are manipulated to think, and then behave in a certain manner. You let the newspapers shape your opinion and the way you see the world. You don’t even have the chance to examine whether what you read is true or not.
Where is your freedom if you let this happen? I am not telling you not to read the newspapers. It is good to know what is happening in the world, but:
There is no need to go through all the negative news. This helps no one, and might just depress you.
A lot of the news items are really not important for you, and have nothing to do with your life. So why waste your time on them?
Acknowledge the fact that reading about problems and disasters day after day, programs your mind to think negatively and see the bad things. It is far better to use your time for constructive things, and let into your mind only thoughts that can help you and others live a better and happier life.
- Why let the news shape your mind?
- Why insert negative stuff into your mind?
- Why not become the boss of your mind, and therefore, the boss of your life?
Browse through the newspapers a few minutes, and then read a good book, listen to your favorite music, plan your day or your goals, or just meditate. Isn’t it a better option?
Imagine how free, calm and happy you would be, if you could stop getting upset by what people say or do, let go of negative thoughts and emotions, and avoid taking things personally.