December Media Fast Challenge
December, Twenty Fifteen. We are in the midst of another major holiday season, with shopping deals, partisan elections, and terrorism at the forefront of our collective cultural zeitgeist.
For those yearning for more peace of mind and contentment this holiday season, I propose and challenge you to a month-long media fast. Yes that’s fast, not fest.
From December 1st to January 1st, abstain from all mass media sources. No news, no articles, no shows, no movies, no pornography, no posts, no speeches, no campaign videos, no commercials.
- no television
- no newspapers
- no magazines
- no blogs
- no podcasts
- no radio
- no books
- no Social Media
For one month, turn off pop culture. Turn off politics. Turn off sports. Turn off war. Turn off celebrities. Turn off terrorism. Turn off the stock market. Turn off shootings. Turn off holiday deals. Turn off hate. Focus on living your life rather than broadcasting it. Turn off reality T.V. and live your own reality.
At the end of the month, ask yourself these questions:
Do you feel more or less in touch with reality?
Do you feel more or less in control of your thoughts?
Do you feel more or less in control of your emotions?
Do you feel more or less empowered?
Do you feel more or less energetic?
Do you feel more or less fearful?
Do you feel more or less safe?
Do you feel more or less connected to your friends?
Do you feel more or less connected to your enemies?
Do you feel more or less connected with the Earth?
Do you feel more or less impulsive?
Do you feel more or less materialistic?
Do you feel more or less spiritual?
Do you feel more or less content?
Try rating the answers to the above questions on a scale of 1 to 10 before and after the month challenge. Did the ratings change? Do you feel different? Has your outlook or energy changed?
Now what are you to do with your time not spent on the above activities during this time? Sleep. Meditate. Draw. Knit. Write. Go on a walk. Cook food for a neighbor. Cook food for a stranger. Volunteer. Nurse a neglected hobby. Reflect on the past year and put serious effort into New Years Resolutions. Or start the resolutions early. Get a taste of real freedom, the freedom of thought and spirit, not filtered by group think and propaganda.
Consider this an experiment. An experiment to gain new insights into your lifestyle, addictions, world perspective, free will, consciousness, spirituality, and connection to the intangible universe around you beyond what you are told to believe, think or do. Take this as an opportunity to overcome laziness of the mind, body, and spirit.
I invite and challenge you to disrupt these modern comforts. Suspend your disbelief and urges for just one month. Resist the temptation to fill boredom with other people’s lives and opinions. Whether you think mass media is an incarnation of evil or a platform for cultural renaissance, I invite and challenge you to just turn it off and see what happens. I promise you that your television will not be offended.