This is the question I ask each morning when I wake up when I feel the sick universe weigh on my life like a lid. We are told to "enjoy the moment", that it would be the right attitude to have to know happiness. But at the same time, we are constantly concerned for our future: the planet is in danger, our living conditions and those of our children are deteriorating, the purchasing power is in free fall ... How to get to enjoy life in this very anxiety-provoking context? Nancy, 38
Psychiatrist and psychotherapist
Listen carefully to the morning news. What are they saying? With rare exceptions, it is only accidents, deaths, disasters, difficulties, tension. They carry only psychic heaviness! We are very rarely given good news that would inspire us, pull us up, give us the desire to provide the best of ourselves and to surpass ourselves for others ...
The media conditioning has a perverse effect because it acts like hypnotic suggestions: by dint of hearing repeated and repeated negative messages, we end up integrating them at the unconscious level and we react emotionally to it by a form of despondency.
Experience: for a month, turn off your TV, turn off your radio, stop reading newspapers and see if, first, the world is doing worse, and secondly, if you're better ...
Let it be clear: it's not about ostrich politics. Indeed, if all this negative information pushed you concretely to the action so that things change (to engage you politically or with the associative level, to give of your time to defend a cause ... etc), then yes, this information would have a positive impact they would allow you to move. But what is happening in reality? What do we do with this information? Nothing. Or almost.
They just settle in us, consciously and unconsciously, without us being able to do anything about it. What happens then? As we can not act concretely on the affairs of the world, all this catastrophic news induces in us, day after day, a feeling of helplessness, giving us an impression of loss of control and inevitability. Sad result, is not it?
Understand then that you really have the power to block the chaotic flow of this negative information.
In fact, to want, at all costs, "to be aware" of the affairs of the world, one is caught and one disconnects emotionally from its immediate reality. Instead of worrying about world poverty, ask yourself: What concrete actions can I do to fight poverty in my neighborhood?What is possible to implement, here and now, in my immediate environment?
There you will not passively suffer the impotence of non-action. The Dalai Lama asserts that the first step to ending the war in the world is to stop the war itself. What are the zones of conflict or bad being in my present existence, with my relatives, my colleagues, my friends? How to cure it? What can I do now ? Those are the real questions?