06 January 2016

Avoiding Unnecessarily Distressing Situations

If you ever switch off the radio and television and all Internet-connected devices, and all electronic gadgets, and avoid reading newspapers and magazines, how is your mind filled?

What can make you feel more peaceful than usual?

The media can often make life seem busier than necessary.  It imposes other people's tragedies and triumphs onto our lives.

Without news from far away, especially distressing news, what would your life be like? 

When have you found that an extended time away from the media has given you the time to think more deeply about your beliefs and attitudes, and about your own identity and needs and talents, and about what you want to achieve with the remainder of your existence?

When and how you have been away from all sources of news?

How have you later responded when catching up with news events, especially through the recollections of people you know?

How do you usually respond, both emotionally and practically, to the news you hear and/or read?

Avoiding unnecessarily distressing situations is reasonably easy for practitioners of optimumism.

When have you ever found any news media for peace?

When have you preferred spending your time quietly reading?

How often do you make time for reflection, serenity and illumination?

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