It’s so easy, especially today, to watch, listen to and read things that provide only temporary gratification. Or perhaps they provide hardly any gratification at all… they are just habitual. Things we have become used to ingesting. Scrolling idly through Facebook, gossip columns or depressing news stories.
It’s so easy to do this, and to never evaluate the effect that this unconscious consumption has upon our minds and souls.
I realised a while ago that, whilst my natural propensity when choosing a film, for example, is for thrillers, creepy stories or gritty dramas, they generally have quite a negative impact upon my mood. They make me feel flatter, anxious, more fearful of the world and heavier of heart. Perhaps not after watching just one movie, but over time.
Please note, I am not judging these types of films or books–I still enjoy them, and there is absolutely a need for art to tackle the darker themes in life–but I have been forced to notice in myself the tangible shifts in my mood and emotions when I take in this type of entertainment as opposed to lighter, more inspiring and uplifting books, movies and music.
There is a time and a place for everything. But I do urge you to notice what makes your heart glad, what makes you feel positive about the world and your place in it, and what makes you feel negative.
Just a few minutes of an inspiring video or an exhilarating story can completely change my mindset on any given day. And, when I discipline myself to not browse Facebook idly or read a trashy magazine just because it’s there, I find that I have much more time for amazing stories that open my mind, nourish my heart and feed my soul.
What have you read, listened to or watched recently that has fed your soul?