No News is Good News - Disconnecting
As I relayed in my last post, Modern Zen Stories , I have recently distanced myself from mass media. I cancelled my subscription to cable television and quit visiting major news sites ( Yahoo, Bing, Huffington Post ). Thanks to my friend Maya, I now know how to go directly to my yahoo mail account without visiting their front page first. I don't care what the Obama campaign recently said about Romney or vice versa. I don't subject myself to a barrage of adds encouraging me to buy the latest consumer gadget. I don't even need to know of the latest acts of war or aggression mankind has committed. I know it is happening without reading the gory details.
For me no news is good news. My goal is not to isolate. I am trying to avoid the unnecessary drama modern life can add to our lives, and disconnect from the frantic pace a bit. I feel less isolated and more connected to the present moment than ever. I sit out in the evenings with my wife and a cup of tea. I notice the sun peeking through the overcast sky. I feel refreshed.
I do read more. Blogs have become a passion. Zenhabits, Castles in the Air, and Seth Godnin's Blog are some of my favorites. I'm re-reading Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind by Shunryu Suzuki. Quality reading. I feel my mind is engaged instead of occupied.
Being disconnected is not for everyone. My twenty-three year old daughter is young, involved, and politically active. It doesn't fit her character, but maybe it would benefit us all to slow down a little and pay attention to what is going on right here, right now. The same political double-talk will still be going on tomorrow night. Take a night off and enjoy what is going on in your own life. Perhaps your self-knowledge will deepen.
Posted by Dan Garner