I once took a 12-week class where one of the first assignments was to commit to not watching television for the entire duration of the course. Needless to say, the students had some dramatic and panicked reactions. What will I talk about with my friends if I'm not up to date on Homeland? I need the television on as background noise! I won't know what's going on in the world! And it was hard for some of us, but we all committed, with some interesting results.
Some people reported having more time to get things done that they'd been avoiding or neglecting. Some found they had more time for reading or listening to music. Many reported being able to more clearly hear their inner voice of guidance and intuition. But most moving of all was a man who stood to share that he had been struggling with depression for over 30 years, and that after 12 weeks without watching TV, his depression was gone. In its place was a feeling of fullness and joy that he didn't remember being able to access for years. His wife sat next to him, weeping with such relief at the change that had overcome her husband.
So, what do you think: would you be willing to do a 3-month experiment in your own home? Turn off the television for 3 months, and see if you don't get more in touch with your own inner guidance system.
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