I've been wondering whether now might not be a good time to further change my habits on intake of television. I'm talking in particular with reference to Thich Nhat Hanh's "five mindfulness trainings", and specifically the fifth one. Which I'll quote here:
Nourishment and Healing
Aware of the suffering caused by unmindful consumption, I am committed to cultivating good health, both physical and mental, for myself, my family, and my society by practicing mindful eating, drinking, and consuming. I will practice looking deeply into how I consume the Four Kinds of Nutriments, namely edible foods, sense impressions, volition, and consciousness. I am determined not to gamble, or to use alcohol, drugs, or any other products which contain toxins, such as certain websites, electronic games, TV programs, films, magazines, books, and conversations. I will practice coming back to the present moment to be in touch with the refreshing, healing and nourishing elements in me and around me, not letting regrets and sorrow drag me back into the past nor letting anxieties, fear, or craving pull me out of the present moment. I am determined not to try to cover up loneliness, anxiety, or other suffering by losing myself in consumption. I will contemplate interbeing and consume in a way that preserves peace, joy, and well-being in my body and consciousness, and in the collective body and consciousness of my family, my society and the Earth.
So I started on this about a year ago, when I first noticed that my tastes in films and television were changing. I've been moving away from action films for a while now, and I'm even avoiding some new entries in past favourite genre's such as sci-fi. Recently I've been cutting down on my consumption of news as well, I used to watch quite a bit of 24-hour news channels. Games I've cut out altogether, since they nearly all seem to be based on conflict, even watching the E3 coverage on Twitch I now find difficult.
In the past few days the Atthakavagga discussion has stirred up a few thoughts, and I do think a lot of it comes down to peace. I've realised that a lot of the things I'm now avoiding have disturbed my inner peace. I've been tracking quite carefully how I feel, and I notice I get more depressed and worried from the news, tense from fighting or scenes full of threat, and that certain movies feed very unhelpful emotions.
So I thought I'd ask whether you've found similar things. What you avoid, and what you still enjoy.