For many we get home and try and relax – this may invariably mean watching tv with a drink and perhaps some food.
TV is invariably bright which causes your brain to wake up. You are programmed in the deep human subconscious to feel sleepy in darkness, flashing images wake the mind up.
Your body’s muscles and parts of the brain also react to violent or dangerous scenarios with adrenalin. You might say that watching tv (depending what you watch) is actually making you more exhausted because your taking your mind and heart on a much more severe experience than say if you just chatted down the pub.
How much time do we spend doing this? Not just putting our hearts and minds (interestingly not our body – though the heart might pound and the head might be thinking rapidly the rest of the body is doing very little. – I’ll let you figure out the health implications ) – though an ordeal but how much do you remember? very little?
Here’s an idea. – TV actually means our thinking mind is off. Dangerous because the rest of our mind is feeding run- fight messages to the body which results in increased heart rate without increased breathing and without the body needing all those sugars and natural stimulants rushing around our systems. So experiment. Turn it off (invariably you’d already seen whats on at least once) and think what else you could do – meditate. Use the tv to meditate – pick a suitable music and play it.
Mediation is quite the reverse of the tv experience: you awake rested. eyes closed – darkness helps the mind shut down and *repair*. and the stillness of your mind means if you go to sleep after meditation you’re likely to sleep deeply. Nothing is fed into your mind other than what is already there (unlike tv where theres always the possibility that something from the tv while in your semi dosing/awake state gets stuck.)
Why are we not told to ditch TVs? because all news is corporately owned. Guess what. They want us to watch – because then we want to buy. Are you effected by adverts? No? Look at what you buy – its is advertised? yes? well there’s your answer.
I’m not saying TV is bad – its good to be informed. Temper being informed with the crap in your own mind and ask yourself – am I in control of myself?