I limit my news intake to a bare minimum. I never watch TV news. I try to only check my trusted news sources once a day, twice at the most. But even with all those limitations, I still struggle with the constant flow of information. Whether it’s “just a quick peek” at a news site, or scrolling through my social media feed, I find that the energy from all that negativity affects the rest of my day far too much.
I’ve previously mentioned how much of a difference Katie Krimitsos and her Women’s Meditation Network have made in my life. I can’t recommend this resource highly enough. Guided meditations can be hit or miss. I find that if I don’t like the presenter’s voice or the background music, I won’t be able to relax into the meditation. I absolutely love Katie Krimitsos’s soothing voice. After listening to her meditations for the past few months, her voice can almost instantly transport me to a calmer state of mind.
A few weeks ago, I asked Katie whether she had ever thought about creating a meditation to help us cope with the constant onslaught of bad news. Her Information Detox Meditation turned out to be transformational for me. Not only have I been limiting my news intake even more since I started listening to it, I also find that I process the news differently. Instead of reacting with anger and outrage, I don’t let it affect me as much. As she suggests in the meditation, I can now read the information, and then let it all go rather than taking it inside.
I’ve also limited the time I spend on social media. “The news, the posts, the stories will all happen with or without you,” says Katie. Reminding myself of those words when I find myself tempted to “just check in for a second” has resulted in a tremendous energy shift toward a calmer and less fragmented mind.
You can listen to the Information Detox Guided Meditation here. I encourage you to subscribe to Katie’s meditations on Patreon. It’s the best $20 I’m spending every month.