March 16, 2008

media diet

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I'd like to invite you to join me in a little experiment.

For the next week I am going on a media diet. From now until Sunday, March 23rd I am hanging some pretty fabric over my television and I'm not going to watch any shows or see any movies. (The true test will be on thursday night during Lost!) I am also cutting myself off from my usual habit of obsessive email checking and mindless meandering throughout the web.

The problem is not tv, or movies or the web. There is a lot to enjoy in all of these media. There is a lot of great entertainment and gorgeous works of art. I will not tell you to kill your television. (Although more power to you if you do)

What brought this on? you are probably wondering. Mostly, it is because I feel overwhelmed. I've noticed that my mind is cluttered. I feel scattered. I feel a bit low. I feel exhausted. I have defaulted to tv and the internet for the easy fix. But my sense is that it is costing me something too.

Like I said, this is an experiment. I am looking forward to seeing what shifts for me in simply having a consciousness around these habits. I am not necessarily looking to change them permanently, only to see what shows up in the space where those things were. Will there be more music? books? Will we play board games? write love letters? take more walks?

Who's in with me? We can all report back next Monday.

Posted on March 16, 2008 05:52 PM
Comments

Oh I have to say I've been doing this and that is why I've been gone from my blog!

It's so wonderful to take walks with no online work to rush home to, to allow my thoughts to take hold instead of scatter around, to allow my questions to sit (instead of finding answers by endlessly searching the web!)

I find I'm calmer, I sit with my baby more and just play, and my husband and I finish conversations.

Good luck!

Posted by: kimberly at March 22, 2008 10:16 AM

I didn't join in. I've paid attention to this only now - 22nd, near the end of your week. But I am recalling the year in which we had no TV in our house as a time of peace, more creativity and better quality schoolwork than any other time in my teens. I'm off to find a pretty cloth. I hope this week's been wonderful for you and your family.

Posted by: GreenishLady at March 22, 2008 07:31 AM

Oh I want to write love letters and read plays and go on picnics. Media diets are great. Internet will be my toughest challenge.

Posted by: sheshe at March 20, 2008 03:30 PM

I cancelled our cable subscription 3 years ago - mostly due to the fact that we were not home a lot and I felt it was a waste of money - and it was off for 1 1/2 years. Wonderful, quiet, QUALITY time together with my husband.

After our baby came and we were spending a lot more time at home and having people over, I got the cable back. We still don't watch it a lot - LOST is a favorite, but our wonderful conversations remain. Oh, and I DO enjoy Sesame Street OnDemand - that really is the only thing my 15 month old is allowed to watch. Kid loves him some Elmo.

We are leaving tonight for 4 days with my in-laws at their vacation home - no TV, no phone, no interenet....so just going away for the weekend to our favorite place with our favorite people is a nice little media diet.

Good luck - and take advantage of the peace and quiet.

Posted by: Angie at March 20, 2008 06:37 AM

I have been thinking exactly the same thing the past two days it was because when I went to bed and I felt all buzzed out by so much info/images/stuff. I think alot of us have forgotten what the mind is in rest and peace.

Posted by: Katie at March 19, 2008 10:34 PM

;-) We took our TVs out of the house, as an experiment, for 1 month. That was 3.5 years ago.
If I said that it changed everything about us, our lives and our paths I would still be seriously understating. Oh, the bliss of media detox. I thought the change would be most profound in our son, but that seriously underestimated the change that would come for my husband and I.
Best of luck to you! May you find the silence that comes when the TV stops beckoning to you!
xo

Posted by: Aimee at March 19, 2008 08:15 PM

Hey... I'll be checking back to see how you did. It's weird because the other day... I was thinking how much time slips away as we stare at the TV or in front of a video game. I actually had a dream where I called Time Warner and had them rip out internet, phone and TV...but then I woke up screaming... and ran downstairs just to make sure my DVR was still there.

And yes... missing LOST will be tough.... but you can always catch the episode on line.

Have a super week!..... and I hope it is a restorative experience.... and I'll let you know when I do my week.

Posted by: Angie D at March 19, 2008 06:33 PM

Congrats Andrea this sounds wonderful. It is amazing how time seems to expand without these distractions.

It sounds so wise to do when noticing our minds feel cluttered. I really enjoy reading about you taking action so often. You really are a superhero:)

I took an internet diet for a while. It was good, but also a lot harder on my psyche than I thought.

TV-well I find it is a nice hour or two with my husband at night. If he was willing I would definitely go along but since he is pretty addicted I think I have to keep it for now.

XO

Posted by: Thea at March 19, 2008 02:32 PM

Yay! I have been doing this all month, a little Spring Detox. I clean up my diet, do yoga every morning and end the day with meditation. I have time to do all of those things but only if I'm not watching television on my laptop at the end of a hard day (translation: winter.) What I get out of it is so much more than I imagined, every year it's the same. It's also very European, having a nice meal, talking or taking a walk; gardening, reading, making music... there is so much time if we just engage with the world instead of watching it on a screen. Stories (tv and movies) are great. But sometimes we need to make them for ourselves. :)

Posted by: happylittleatom at March 19, 2008 10:45 AM

Wow. I don't know if I can give it all up, but I can definitely give up 2/3s of it for a week.

Posted by: Lu at March 18, 2008 04:04 PM

It's kind of woo-woo to read your description. I've been feeling the exact same way for a while now and have been thinking of doing the same thing. I can turn off the TV more easily now, but the computer sucks me in. I always INTEND to get so much done on the computer but at the end of the day I've accomplished nothing. I just may give the ban a try. I do want to hear what your results were, so will check in again.

Posted by: Endako Jo at March 18, 2008 09:21 AM

It's kind of woo-woo to read your description. I've been feeling the exact same way for a while now and have been thinking of doing the same thing. I can turn off the TV more easily now, but the computer sucks me in. I always INTEND to get so much done on the computer but at the end of the day I've accomplished nothing. I just may give the ban a try. I do want to hear what your results were, so will check in again.

Posted by: Endako Jo at March 18, 2008 09:21 AM

It's kind of woo-woo to read your description. I've been feeling the exact same way for a while now and have been thinking of doing the same thing. I can turn off the TV more easily now, but the computer sucks me in. I always INTEND to get so much done on the computer but at the end of the day I've accomplished nothing. I just may give the ban a try. I do want to hear what your results were, so will check in again.

Posted by: Endako Jo at March 18, 2008 09:21 AM

It's kind of woo-woo to read your description. I've been feeling the exact same way for a while now and have been thinking of doing the same thing. I can turn off the TV more easily now, but the computer sucks me in. I always INTEND to get so much done on the computer but at the end of the day I've accomplished nothing. I just may give the ban a try. I do want to hear what your results were, so will check in again.

Posted by: Endako Jo at March 18, 2008 09:21 AM

I've been sorta on a media diet for a while. A few years ago I refused to pay for cable, but kept the t.v. so I could get some local news, PBS and kept it to watch MOVIES. I did notice a increase in working on projects and focusing on crafts etc, but even with that much I find that T.V. keeps sucking me back in. As for the internet thats a bit hard to do but I try to avoid going to news websites for it just depresses me. Every other story is about someone or A LOT of people dying it seems and frankly it bums me out.
Good on you! I'm curious about the results.

Posted by: Tink at March 18, 2008 08:47 AM

I've been sorta on a media diet for a while. A few years ago I refused to pay for cable, but kept the t.v. so I could get some local news, PBS and kept it to watch MOVIES. I did notice a increase in working on projects and focusing on crafts etc, but even with that much I find that T.V. keeps sucking me back in. As for the internet thats a bit hard to do but I try to avoid going to news websites for it just depresses me. Every other story is about someone or A LOT of people dying it seems and frankly it bums me out.
Good on you! I'm curious about the results.

Posted by: Tink at March 18, 2008 08:47 AM

I would LOVE to, but work dictates I cannot. Nor can I miss some of my shows ;) I do tend to fast on weekends, in small ways.

Posted by: Angela Klocke at March 18, 2008 07:02 AM

It's been a long time since I really had a media fast. The best one was about 8 or 9 (oh my has it really been that long) years ago, when I gave up television and internet one day a week for the Lenten season.

It was absolutely amazing how much more I was able to accomplish on those Tuesdays, not to mention being more relaxed, getting a good night's sleep, etc.

Hmm, I have a wedding coming up, perhaps it wouldn't be a bad idea to try doing it once a week from now until then. I'll think on it and get back to you. . . .

Posted by: leah g at March 17, 2008 09:56 PM

right there with ya!!! this also works well when their is an extended power outage- we played and talked more than ever with our two girls by candlelight! Later that week, we scheduled "planned power outages" and had a blast-the girls knew no different! Have fun with the uncluttering-it will be great to read about how everyone did!

Posted by: rani Shah at March 17, 2008 08:33 PM

right there with ya!!! this also works well when their is an extended power outage- we played and talked more than ever with our two girls by candlelight! Later that week, we scheduled "planned power outages" and had a blast-the girls knew no different! Have fun with the uncluttering-it will be great to read about how everyone did!

Posted by: rani Shah at March 17, 2008 08:33 PM

I won't! I won't! I won't give up my personal ban on TV! It's been four years since I stopped watching altogether. I lost out on Lost but I haven't lost anything else. And what I found - you said it - space, quiet, room, rest, rhythm.

FYI my husband has always kept watching. We just restored my 8-year-old daughter's privilege. Weekends only. Time is simply too short to watch something other than your own life. And nothing matches reality for entertainment.

Posted by: Karen at March 17, 2008 08:31 PM

andrea ~

i just have to share with you that i am doing the extreme opposite. it's the week before my little girl arrives and i am spending most of it with my feet up watching all the movies i can get in before my media diet becomes enforced... ; ) looking forward to finding out what this week brings for you.

xoxo

Posted by: schmoops at March 17, 2008 04:49 PM

GULP! Okay, Andrea, I'll go with you on this one. I know the hardest for me will be setting aside looking at my favorite blogs or meandering on the web!!! Oh, my. Okay, we can do this!!! Geez, now that I'm about to hit "Post," I know how challenging this will be for me, but I agree that the rewards will be rich, so I'm diving in as of....now!

Posted by: Carole at March 17, 2008 03:12 PM

I just did this two weeks ago it really shifted my mind. I felt great after since then have decreased my television, we browsing, and movie watching since then. I was more creative, connected more with family, and had a great time with Christian my boyfriend. I decided I am going to do this once a month to help clear my head. Good luck and enjoy!!

Posted by: Jennifer at March 17, 2008 03:10 PM

A fine idea! This reminded me of an assignment a teacher gave us in fifth grade or so to give up television for the week. I so vividly remember coming home from school that first afternoon, when I would normally have headed straight to the TV for my vegged-out mindless relaxation fix, feeling this inner frenzy of frustration - I NEEDED my TV! - and flinging myself across my bed in despair.

Of course, by the end of the week I had happily found plenty of other ways to unwind and enjoy my free time. I probably got my homework done a lot faster, too! Enjoy your experiment ...

Posted by: Imogen at March 17, 2008 02:52 PM

Hi,I just wanted to say that its great to see someone giving up t.v, internet and all those other things that seem to consume are time but take us nowhere.
I often waste my time with all the electronic time consumers of our age too. Just a couple of days ago i spent four whole hours watching Lost online. (also a big fan!!) And well, as much as i love that show, there are so many things that I'd rather be doing. After reading your post i feel inspired to do the same as you and pursue more fulfilling activities this week. I plan on working on the skills and talents of mine that i often neglect. I plan on painting a picture and learning a new song on the piano! Thanks for the inspiration! Your the greatest!

"If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. If you want happiness for a day, go fishing. If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody."
--Chinese proverb--
(compliments of my wife's site (http://www.inspirational-quotes.us) where she is also trying to make the world a better place!
Thanks again for inspiring me!

Posted by: Dan at March 17, 2008 01:16 PM

Andrea,

I have been on a "news" strike for the past 13 months. I can't tell you how freeing it has been. I am not as anxious or depressed. My husband and close friends know about my strike and are even respectful about not sharing/discussing news in my presence. Some people might think it is an ignorant way to be. For me, right now, it is necessary for my survival and for my ability to be the best wife and mother. I don't know how long I'll keep it up, but I don't have any immediate plans of stopping.

I think I will add email and internet to my list until next Monday. Thank you for the challenge!

Lisa

Posted by: Lisa at March 17, 2008 11:40 AM

I'm doing a similar thing, but in a different structure. I'm taking 52 nights off -- one a week for a year.

Posted by: Ariel at March 17, 2008 09:20 AM

Andrea-
I love this post and this idea. I do it at least once every year- there is actually an official International TV Turnoff week every year and this year it is April 21-27 and it goes on all over the world! I love this idea and participate every year:) You'll probably get so much done, you will want to do it again in April. Have fun!
Cynthia
Chinagirl

Posted by: Cynthia at March 17, 2008 08:39 AM

yah you! i've been feeling the same way about email since I don't leave the house much and have a baby on my boob most of the time. but i'm feeling low and overwhelmed by all of it and getting on the internet to escape has been drainging if i'm honest about it. so yes, i take the challenge of not being online all day long and just getting out!!

Posted by: stef at March 17, 2008 08:36 AM

I am doing the Artist's Way right now (I'm on week 6) (my third time of doing it -- and I did finish it the other two times as well.... I love this book). Which means that two weeks ago we did Reading Deprivation. My bf (who's doing it, too) and I decided to extend Reading Deprivation to include no tv, no internet reading (only to check to see if there were any urgent emails), and much less radio/npr.

It was an awesome week. Hard. And everyone seemed to think we were nuts, but awesome.

I also feel like my brain is cluttered. Filled. Saturated. And my life: filled, cluttered, saturated. And my body, too.

My New Year's Resolution this year was to declutter and I feel like the universe was telling me "it's not just your house... ahem!" :)

Anyway, all this to say that for me, the most cluttering aspect is The Internets. Which makes me sad because O Internets how I love thee. But I feel like we have to break up ... or just have a break. And that also scares me a bit cuz I'm a "web professional" (rolls eyes) and I kinda need the internet in order to feel "up to date." You know?

I think I just blogged in your comments. Ha. Sorry about that Andrea.

And good luck with your tv-less week. :)

Posted by: emdot at March 17, 2008 08:06 AM

I am doing the Artist's Way right now (I'm on week 6) (my third time of doing it -- and I did finish it the other two times as well.... I love this book). Which means that two weeks ago we did Reading Deprivation. My bf (who's doing it, too) and I decided to extend Reading Deprivation to include no tv, no internet reading (only to check to see if there were any urgent emails), and much less radio/npr.

It was an awesome week. Hard. And everyone seemed to think we were nuts, but awesome.

I also feel like my brain is cluttered. Filled. Saturated. And my life: filled, cluttered, saturated. And my body, too.

My New Year's Resolution this year was to declutter and I feel like the universe was telling me "it's not just your house... ahem!" :)

Anyway, all this to say that for me, the most cluttering aspect is The Internets. Which makes me sad because O Internets how I love thee. But I feel like we have to break up ... or just have a break. And that also scares me a bit cuz I'm a "web professional" (rolls eyes) and I kinda need the internet in order to feel "up to date." You know?

I think I just blogged in your comments. Ha. Sorry about that Andrea.

And good luck with your tv-less week. :)

Posted by: emdot at March 17, 2008 08:06 AM

ah, beautiful andrea.

lets see what 'rolls in ecstasy' at our feet.

"You do not need to leave your room. Remain
sitting at your table and listen. Do not even listen,
simply wait, be quiet still and solitary. The world will
freely offer itself to you to be unmasked, it has no choice,
it will roll in ecstasy at your feet." - Kafka

Posted by: kim at March 17, 2008 07:42 AM

I can't say that I can give up TV all together. I do watch the news quite a bit and Discovery and History Channel shows. I sort of gave up "traditional" tv a long while ago, meaning the regular channels (NBC, etc). I have never seen one episode of Lost, Desperate Housewives or Grey's Anatomy...or any of the popular sitcoms like Scrubs and When I Met Your Mother. I tried to watch all of these at one point only to just not "get it". I used to LOVE ER and 24, but both have jumped the shark a long while ago. The last tv show I made sure to watch religously was Friends...and before that Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I've watched the entire series of Buffy several times over on DVD in fact.

For us, we watch movies alot...daily pretty much. My husband has a huge movie library, being the son of a movie theater owner. But I view movies different than TV. We watch alot of foreign films and classic movies, which I truly believe are art.

So, I guess what I'm saying is more power to you on your experiment. Maybe one day we'll be able to put away our TV, but not for now.

On the web thing, I am finding myself less enthused about surfing and blogging lately. In fact I've cut my blogging down by more than half...more like 80 percent since Christmas. I once surfed the net nightly for quite a while. Now I find that I check my blog and such and then just shut the laptop and relax. Like anything else, I think this kind of thing goes in spurts. You cut back on it when you need to.

Enjoy your quiet.

Posted by: amy j. at March 17, 2008 07:38 AM

I can't say that I can give up TV all together. I do watch the news quite a bit and Discovery and History Channel shows. I sort of gave up "traditional" tv a long while ago, meaning the regular channels (NBC, etc). I have never seen one episode of Lost, Desperate Housewives or Grey's Anatomy...or any of the popular sitcoms like Scrubs and When I Met Your Mother. I tried to watch all of these at one point only to just not "get it". I used to LOVE ER and 24, but both have jumped the shark a long while ago. The last tv show I made sure to watch religously was Friends...and before that Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I've watched the entire series of Buffy several times over on DVD in fact.

For us, we watch movies alot...daily pretty much. My husband has a huge movie library, being the son of a movie theater owner. But I view movies different than TV. We watch alot of foreign films and classic movies, which I truly believe are art.

So, I guess what I'm saying is more power to you on your experiment. Maybe one day we'll be able to put away our TV, but not for now.

On the web thing, I am finding myself less enthused about surfing and blogging lately. In fact I've cut my blogging down by more than half...more like 80 percent since Christmas. I once surfed the net nightly for quite a while. Now I find that I check my blog and such and then just shut the laptop and relax. Like anything else, I think this kind of thing goes in spurts. You cut back on it when you need to.

Enjoy your quiet.

Posted by: amy j. at March 17, 2008 07:37 AM

I can't say that I can give up TV all together. I do watch the news quite a bit and Discovery and History Channel shows. I sort of gave up "traditional" tv a long while ago, meaning the regular channels (NBC, etc). I have never seen one episode of Lost, Desperate Housewives or Grey's Anatomy...or any of the popular sitcoms like Scrubs and When I Met Your Mother. I tried to watch all of these at one point only to just not "get it". I used to LOVE ER and 24, but both have jumped the shark a long while ago. The last tv show I made sure to watch religously was Friends...and before that Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I've watched the entire series of Buffy several times over on DVD in fact.

For us, we watch movies alot...daily pretty much. My husband has a huge movie library, being the son of a movie theater owner. But I view movies different than TV. We watch alot of foreign films and classic movies, which I truly believe are art.

So, I guess what I'm saying is more power to you on your experiment. Maybe one day we'll be able to put away our TV, but not for now.

On the web thing, I am finding myself less enthused about surfing and blogging lately. In fact I've cut my blogging down by more than half...more like 80 percent since Christmas. I once surfed the net nightly for quite a while. Now I find that I check my blog and such and then just shut the laptop and relax. Like anything else, I think this kind of thing goes in spurts. You cut back on it when you need to.

Enjoy your quiet.

Posted by: amy j. at March 17, 2008 07:36 AM

I can't say that I can give up TV all together. I do watch the news quite a bit and Discovery and History Channel shows. I sort of gave up "traditional" tv a long while ago, meaning the regular channels (NBC, etc). I have never seen one episode of Lost, Desperate Housewives or Grey's Anatomy...or any of the popular sitcoms like Scrubs and When I Met Your Mother. I tried to watch all of these at one point only to just not "get it". I used to LOVE ER and 24, but both have jumped the shark a long while ago. The last tv show I made sure to watch religously was Friends...and before that Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I've watched the entire series of Buffy several times over on DVD in fact.

For us, we watch movies alot...daily pretty much. My husband has a huge movie library, being the son of a movie theater owner. But I view movies different than TV. We watch alot of foreign films and classic movies, which I truly believe are art.

So, I guess what I'm saying is more power to you on your experiment. Maybe one day we'll be able to put away our TV, but not for now.

On the web thing, I am finding myself less enthused about surfing and blogging lately. In fact I've cut my blogging down by more than half...more like 80 percent since Christmas. I once surfed the net nightly for quite a while. Now I find that I check my blog and such and then just shut the laptop and relax. Like anything else, I think this kind of thing goes in spurts. You cut back on it when you need to.

Enjoy your quiet.

Posted by: amy j. at March 17, 2008 07:36 AM

This is a great idea! I've done this numerous times in the past and it works wonders every time!

You'll be *amazed* at the difference you feel - a growing sense of non-attachment to the things of the world - and a deeper sense of peace and contentment with the things/people/places that matter most to you, as well as to your inner self.

Count me in!

Posted by: Lisa at March 17, 2008 07:31 AM

My husband & I gave up TV on New Years Eve 2005. In fact, we didn't own a TV for about 6 months after that. We do own one now and only use it to watch DVDs. We love movies, especially indies and documentaries. I was initially inspired by a friend who has TV-free summers. For three months she doesn't watch. Once my husband & I "disconnected" we connected more. It's a beautiful thing. More beautiful than TV, that's for sure.

Posted by: juli at March 17, 2008 07:07 AM

i applaud you! :o)
I'm not going to commit to do it right now in the portland raining weather, two little kids, and getting ready for a trip... BUT i would love to do it in the summertime. maybe even ALL summer.
i will be looking forward to hearing your thoughts after the week is through!
yah!

Posted by: jen d at March 17, 2008 06:57 AM

Hi Andrea

I assign this to my students who take Artist Way with me - it has great results. But I allow going to the cinema to see a film as the experience of sitting wholly concentrated on an image is a much more different one to darting aobut watching tv, surfing email etc

I hope that you come back refreshed!

Posted by: .m at March 17, 2008 06:47 AM

we gave up television about a year ago, switching our internet access to the phone company. but we kept our tiny t.v. and dvd player, and continue to get films. now that we are fixing up the old house we purchased, we are thinking of getting a projector and an old school pull-down screen....this way when we aren't watching a film, there will be a painting decorating our living room wall, but when we are in need, we can pull down the screen and settle in to really enjoying the cinematography! you are right, there are good thins in media, but we need to remember where their place is-and truly Enjoy the good when we do indulge! it's like weekly having a piece of good belgian chocolate, versus daily mindless doses of hersheys.....

Posted by: holly at March 17, 2008 05:59 AM

we gave up television about a year ago, switching our internet access to the phone company. but we kept our tiny t.v. and dvd player, and continue to get films. now that we are fixing up the old house we purchased, we are thinking of getting a projector and an old school pull-down screen....this way when we aren't watching a film, there will be a painting decorating our living room wall, but when we are in need, we can pull down the screen and settle in to really enjoying the cinematography! you are right, there are good thins in media, but we need to remember where their place is-and truly Enjoy the good when we do indulge! it's like weekly having a piece of good belgian chocolate, versus daily mindless doses of hersheys.....

Posted by: holly at March 17, 2008 05:59 AM

You're brave. I've felt the same way lately, though I've decided to ease my way in to a diet, start slowly, with a few computer-free nights a week. (I'm often on the computer WHILE watching TV. Which adds a whole new layer.)

Good luck to you. I hope there are more walks and love letters for everyone.

Posted by: zan at March 17, 2008 05:03 AM

Such an excellent idea!

Since August I've been living at a boarding school in a small country-town (in Sweden) and although there are several television sets we seldom watch and also we don't see any commercial ads except when we're at the grocery store (to which we always walk :)) (I think this, the not having to always consider commersial messages, leaves a considerable amount of space and energy in my brain+body. I used to live in down-town Stockholm before and I couldn't step out the door without it being in my face all the time) - and it is just MARVELOUS how much better I feel about myself and the world and how much more time I have for reading and writing (and playing board games!).

I hope you'll have a similar eye-opening experience. :)

(And maybe I'll take you up on the challenge to not spend so much time on the web...)

Posted by: Camilla at March 17, 2008 02:11 AM

hi - I've often thought about doing this - since I live in Germany where most TV is not even in English (except for MTV and CNN, BBC), I use TV more for background noise, or to watch DVDs while I knit. However, the times that i have had it off, I have been able to concentrate & be more fully involved in things like knitting. It all just feels clearer.

As others have mentioned - I think the greater challenge for me is staying off the internet - that is my connection to the world beyond - but it is a HUGE timesucker. I would like to try one day/week without the computer and see how that goes...

I will accept your challenge after we move into our new apt, and I look forward to hearing what your week off yields!

Posted by: Allegra at March 17, 2008 02:11 AM

I'm in! And i'm glad that i watched the entire 1st season of big love this weekend ;)

This seems like such a good experiment to shift perspectives. I've been in a bit of a weird place lately and i feel that this might just be what i need!

I'll write a post about it on my blog too and spread the word! :)

Posted by: Silvia at March 17, 2008 12:58 AM

Fancy timing! We don't own a tv. And just last Sunday night the clouds parted...I realized that the next day I would follow a prescription I made for myself to go along with my ND's regimen. That is, I had it written for 2 weeks, but finally I could see that it was just as important as the herbs and nutrition changes. My program went like this-daily, 8 minutes of djembe drumming on our 3 drums, 5 minutes of guitar practice/learning, write some, 30 minutes playing with my 2 sons, take a walk. I realized also that I needed to stay off the computer! So no computer Mon thru Fri. The first day of the new practices was amazing. For the first time in years I was fully alive, accepting the abundance in my life, enjoying more fully the visions I've reached for and received. I felt liberated by knowing I was not allowing computer use until Saturday. I continued the 5 practices all week. It's simple, what I've been meaning to do for a long time. This week I'll start again, take in one day at a time. And when I start gently pacing, wondering what to do next, I'll set the timer, set up the drums and play play play! Another bonus is that this has slowed me down. I am enjoying each moment and am present. My children are calmer, happier, getting along better...and they are even more beautiful in my eyes now. We are meeting neighbors on our ambles. I even played duck duck goose with my 2 and 3 neighbor girls until after dark near our playground.
I hope this experiment produces wonderful results for you! and anyone else who takes it on.

Posted by: heidi at March 16, 2008 11:27 PM

Hi Andrea,
I am with you on this one! I have so much to do that a break from tv would at least help free up a few more hours for me. As with everyone else - it'd be pretty hard to stop the internet surfing though... Maybe I'll put a time limit on it! (confine it to my lunch break perhaps).
e.

Posted by: Emily at March 16, 2008 11:00 PM

Andrea,

We gave up tv 10 years ago. We were sick of feeling like there was nothing to do and nothing to watch. So we got rid of cable. Then we started having craft day and cooking more and being more active. Now that we have two children, it is even easier to avoid watching tv. My experience was that a week was a great start but a couple or even a few would give me the opportunity to really see what became alive. I can do anything for a week and it doesn't necessarily sink in.

For awhile last year I became obsessed with watching the Gilmore Girls. I would get the video in the mail and then watch all the episodes at once. I had no self control. Then I started checking on line about the show and I noticed that I wasn't acting centered and energetic. I was tired from staying up late and my mind was busy wondering what was going to happen next with the plot. I wasn't paying attention to the real people in my life. So I have gone cold turkey again.

We rent a movie on occasion but mostly life is filled with so much else. Now reading blogs..., that's another story.

Posted by: Jen Diamond at March 16, 2008 10:08 PM

Andrea,

We gave up tv 10 years ago. We were sick of feeling like there was nothing to do and nothing to watch. So we got rid of cable. Then we started having craft day and cooking more and being more active. Now that we have two children, it is even easier to avoid watching tv. My experience was that a week was a great start but a couple or even a few would give me the opportunity to really see what became alive. I can do anything for a week and it doesn't necessarily sink in.

For awhile last year I became obsessed with watching the Gilmore Girls. I would get the video in the mail and then watch all the episodes at once. I had no self control. Then I started checking on line about the show and I noticed that I wasn't acting centered and energetic. I was tired from staying up late and my mind was busy wondering what was going to happen next with the plot. I wasn't paying attention to the real people in my life. So I have gone cold turkey again.

We rent a movie on occasion but mostly life is filled with so much else. Now reading blogs..., that's another story.

Posted by: Jen Diamond at March 16, 2008 10:08 PM

I gave up TV three months ago with only a couple movies on DVD accessed since. I have more energy at night by not falling asleep to the evil beast. I feel I've actually broken my previous default setting and come up with a new one (hello novels and more of my own writing!)

Now I just have to stay off the internet more, so I'll pledge that one.

Posted by: deezee at March 16, 2008 09:43 PM