For the month of March, we have taken the NO NEWS Vow. We will not read newspapers, not watch or listen to news, not click on media news sites on the Internets. We will not even watch much TV, or keep up with the political machinations of the Obamachine (trademark), “the Stimulus”, or the pundits and comedians.
WHY? This is a part of our 2009 New Years Resolution. Which began as a consensus to do something, but not necessarily for the whole year. So over the holidays, we decided to give up Alcohol for a month. No wine, no scotch. No Jaegermeister or peppermint schnapps. Nada. Enough of a challenge that we would be reminded of it during January, but not an impossible challenge, as in forever.
Then, for the month of February, we gave up Coffee.
And why give up anything, you might ask? Because we feel like we have to give up something, some times. The old world we lived in (circa 2008) is truly no longer sustainable, in so many ways. (And I’m not just talking about Tax Cuts.) Since we personally are not marching on Washington or reducing our gas consumption much, we are looking “within” to find ways to flex our adaptability, at least for ourselves.
So one of the lessons we have learned with our January and February experiments is that we can do it. No big surprise, but there’s a welcome sense that we are more conscious, more aware, and more able to choose our actions. That’s at least a little empowering.
News Fasting is healthy! Dr. Andrew Weil, who published “Eight Weeks to Optimum Health” actually recommends periodic fasting from the addictive habit of daily news. Not a bad idea. Certainly a good exercise, even if just for a week, or a day. (Your actual mileage may vary.) And why not try it yourself?
What are the rules?
- No reading newspapers, or magazines. (Not a biggy for us anyway, since that series of tubes has come of age.)
- No Fox TV. (OK, we gave this up long before the 2008 election cycle, happily. The whole family of stations is owned, and not in a good way.)
- No news shows, talking heads, or comedians (painfully, not even Colbert!). None.
- No radio. Which of course includes the comedian Rush Limbawful. Sirius/XM Music is OK.
- No Internet news sites, magazine sites, current events sites, etc. (No DrudgeReport, DailyKos, or news.google.com.)
- No reading Breaking News Alerts (etc.) in your Inbox.
- When News enters our awareness, we can simply not pay attention to it, by focusing elsewhere.
Conversation: When people talk to us, we listen. And people do talk about news and media-based ideas and events. We will be paying attention (probably close attention!) to all sorts of talk about current events, news, politics, and opinions. The keys (I speculate) are to Listen, Observe, and Experience the message. Contributing is fine, but only Original thoughts and observations, not regurgitations of the “facts”, or the statements of others. Including the “experts”.
No doubt we will adapt these rules as necessary. In subsequent posts, we’ll share how it goes, or how it went. And what is on deck for April!