Thursday, March 4, 2010

Another Step on The Simplifying Journey

The boob tube, idiot box, attention grabber, telly...yes, the beloved TV. We grew up with one in our living room and the small black and white model that came with its own rolling cart stayed in my parent's room - the same kind seen on The Dick Van Dyke Show. At that time it was out of the ordinary to have more than one TV. Today it seems every room of the house must have one, including the rooms of small children! There are many benefits of television, but so many downfalls. Reality TV...need I say more!!

The key is to be mindful about this free-time activity. Really think about what you're bringing into your mind. How is it affecting your day? Does it change your mood? Does what you're watching move you forward or cause you to step back into old patterns?

I've used TV in the past to drown out thoughts. I'm one of those people who can be inspired by EVERYTHING and as a result have constant thoughts of ideas and possible projects floating around my head that can be a total distraction from getting anything accomplished. Not to mention the annoying factor of sharing possibility after possibility with those around me (:

I may see a statue and it inspires a new jewelry design, or a magazine article may motivate a new project in the living room...even a rough patch of road can somehow bring forth a solution to a recipe challenge in the kitchen! I kid you not!

In the past TV has been used to drown out these thoughts - keeping it on in the background seemed to help gain focus on what was at hand. I know this sounds absolutely nuts, but it worked for me. Since that time meditation has greatly changed how I process things and centering has lifted the mental clutter. I no longer watch as much TV and it's wonderful to just sit, work and hear the silence (: Now an entire day can pass by without the TV filling the airwaves. Ahh....silence. Such a blessing.

Altering this one practice has brought much change into other areas of life and increased the simple pleasure of truly listening to what is around me. I still enjoy television, but in its proper place...thank goodness quality programming is at an all time low so there really isn't much to watch (: I stick with the news, a few comedy/mystery shows and do-it-yourself programs. If I had to choose a favorite it would be Psych...LOVE the quick wit and 80's references (:

So here's a challenge - reduce the TV watching and let me know how it affects the simplicity in your life. Maybe you've already cut out television. How has it changed things in your home? I'd love hear (:

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  1. Wow, I so agree. I think most everything on tv is a waste of time. I really enjoyed reading this, Thank You!!

  2. I positively agree!!!! With three guys in my house, I hear a lot of sports programming but rarely watch anything myself. I so enjoy the days when the TV is my mind clarity.

  3. We stopped watching TV years ago and don't even own a set anymore.

    And I don't think I actually have any "free time" to speak of. I always have some creative project on the go at all times - writing, photography, blogging. Who has time for TV when there is so much to create?

  4. We don't watch much t.v. I might go days without looking at it. Before I pat myself on the back, I am on the computer a lot. I seemed to have replaced one thing for another.

  5. Great post:)

    We never had a TV as a young family - people felt sorry for us and over the years GAVE us TVs ... we still don't have cable or a dish (really!) ... but last year we did get a HUGE flat TV on which to watch movies/concerts/favorite boxed sets on DISC ...

    When the Olympics rolled around we hooked it up to the network to watch - so now I guess we DO have TV in that sense... but it is really a mainly big DVD/bluray machine :)

    Without TV you will find MUSIC fills a house - with TV - music becomes secondary... or not at all :(

    I have always been about MUSIC playing - and have noticed that it is on less with this big ole screen glaring at us now (NOT an improvement in my mind!) -- :)

    keep thinking - posting - sharing!
    joy in the journey,
    katey duck (on facebook)

  6. You're so right Cher!!

    Rosie, growing up my dad always had sports on, so I totally understand. I remember when they added Monday night football - I was devastated (:

    Renee, loved your post about getting rid of the TV (: The lovely hydrangeas and beautiful decor is so much better without the distracting black box (: Mom has the same philosophy. She can't stand the TV and doesn't want one in her home.

    I'm with you Joan! Less TV and more computer time...which is better? (:

    Anastasia, you're so funny (:

    Katy, I'm toying with the idea of getting rid of cable. But it seems the few shows I like to watch are those on cable. Now, I do love watching Mary Tyler Moore and Murder, She Wrote dvd's while knitting (yes, I'm under the age of 60 and I LOVE Murder, She Wrote...I'm not ashamed :)

    The music does flow more and more without TV. Classical is perfect in the mornings and of course an eclectic mix in the afternoon peps up the spirit.

    We'll see about canceling cable...I'll keep thinking on that one. That's pretty sad...I have to think more about letting go of cable(: Simplify!! Simplify!!


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