Posted by: Leili Learning Life
Under: yoga teacher training
In response to a homework question: What have you found useful or inspirational to lead a simpler life and swim against the standard consumer current?￼
I haven’t turned on the television in over a year, and I’m so much happier because of it! I’m no longer losing hours of my life (in half-hour segments) mindlessly staring at a box. The 5:30 news no longer dictates what “stories” are supposedly most important for me to know about — I choose from print/online media what I want to read. Fast food commercials and 3-day mega sale ads? They don’t touch my eyes or ears. Sure, I don’t know the names of any new movies that are out, and I’ve yet to lay my eyes on any Real Housewives other than those that I encounter at the grocery store. But I feel so much freer. I’m no longer stuck in a constant stream of TV-influenced desires: I want to try that restaurant, I need that dress, I wish I looked like that girl on that show.
If I’m not swimming against the standard consumer current, I definitely feel at least that I’m standing against it letting much of it flow on by. When others learn how much I don’t watch TV — usually when the other person is trying to make conversation and asks if I saw the latest episode of a show — they usually respond by saying something like, “Wow, I can’t live without that show!” This usually makes me feel uncool, and then I wonder what I’m missing. But then I don’t have the time and I don’t want to spend the energy on finding out, so it doesn’t matter.