Taking a Fresh Look at Media

We must commit to seek out media (visual, audio) that empowers and informs us, supports our dreams and goals, and to say a firm “No” to media that drains energy and hope, damages our self-esteem, self-confidence and self-image.

There is a lot of information available to us – more than ever before, and in many different forms, and it travels fast. We are able to learn in the blink of an eye about something that happened halfway around the world, and it’s natural to want to know what’s going on. However, it’s also fair to say that we shouldn’t get so caught up in any one way of looking at events to the exclusion of all other ways that we lose perspective.

Often, information comes to us in a very fear-oriented format, full of what we should not do, who we should not trust, and who means us harm. When we get too caught up in fear, the balance of our whole – emotional, psychological, physical – can be disrupted. It helps to remember that we can have a much greater, more positive impact on the wider world and our little corner of it when we maintain an inner sense of peace and joy.

We are aware enough to know when we are eating something that is not good for us, or that doesn’t support our health and fitness goals, because we don’t feel well after we’ve eaten it. In the same way, we should determine for ourselves whether the sources providing our information are ultimately healthy and fit for consumption.

News can be presented in a way that inspires us to take positive action to help ourselves, our communities, and our world, or it can be presented in a way that leaves us feeling powerless, less-than, and sad. It is up to us to seek out and support media that empowers and informs us, encourages us to be our best, to develop new strengths, and to support others on their journey. We should say an emphatic “No” to media that drains our energy and our hope, creates divisiveness, or espouses prejudicial opinions.

For a time, it may be beneficial to commit to a “media fast”, during which time we deliberately stop taking information in to give ourselves a rest. When we decide to return to the task of taking in and processing the information all around us, we can come to it with a fresh and uncluttered mind. This will enable us to really notice how we are affected – positively or negatively – by what we hear and see, and to make conscious choices about the sources of information that we allow into our lives.