I am not a television person. Our home television would not come on if it wasn’t for my husband. I watch informational videos on YouTube. Swedenborg and Life, Wayne Dyer specials, The Dhammapada educational videos, Gary Habermas, Richard Moss, Marianne Williamson, Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday, just to name a few of my favorites. Rarely would I watch TV. Television now has many proven negatives, and I am glad that isn’t one of my vices.
What I honestly don’t understand is how regular people can fall in love with television and movie stars. People magazine, The Star, US Weekly, National Inquirer, etc. make millions off of other people’s desire to know what is going on in celebrities’ worlds. Who they are dating. What they said about so-and-so. What their parents are doing. It is crazy how they torment these individuals trying to get the latest scoop, the recent sighting, or the craziest wardrobe flop.
I was never one of these people that felt the need to know about the lives of the rich and famous. Now, the more and more I learn about spirituality, the more and more I am realizing how important it is to not worry about anyone’s world, but my own. I am going to spend my valuable time learning to love myself, not celebrities. My mission is to love my life, not wish that I had the things other people have. My focus is to drown myself in my own self -love, so I will realize just how rich I really am, not worry about the rich and famous.
One of my spiritual running buddies, knowing that I am spiritual literature-aholic, recently tagged me in a great blog by Gabby Bernstein called, “6 Books That Will Inspire & Support You on Your Spiritual Path”. I couldn’t wait to check out Gabby’s recommendations. I hurried to Amazon to search the books and see if I could get any cheap second hand ones. My next stop — YouTube to see what books are available as an audio version to listen to for free.
I was very excited to see many of them were available, so my first choice was, “The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom” by Don Miguel Ruiz. I can’t express how thrilled I was. It was only a 24 minute blurb on the first chapter of the book, but it was all on the “First Agreement: Being Impeccable to Your Word.” It was exactly what I needed to hear.
As I sat and listened there were a vast of information flooding my ears, and I had to pause it to write down certain quotes. One of the first magical ear candy was, “Sin begins with rejection of yourself. Self-rejection is the biggest sin you commit.” Exactly what I was trying to stop over these last three and a half years. Self-rejection. Right away, I texted it to my friend for her to contemplate over and also encourage that she listens to this book.
As I progressed further in the book, it just got better and better. Finally it started talking about the “black magic of gossiping”. That really caught my attention. Since my epiphany of self-love began, I cherish the importance of my body. I started removing negative elements from my body a little at a time. I eliminated caffeine trying to get more in touch with myself. Then it was the sweet white nectar more addictive than cocaine…sugar. That was my second element I cleaned from my life on my path to self-love. Then listening to this, I knew exactly what my next mission would be. To rid my life of gossip. I know! I know! Way easier said than done, but I am going to try!
If you listen to the way Don Miguel Ruiz explains it in his book, you would never want it anywhere near your life again. It is such a dangerous chain reaction, deadlier than any sort of caffeine or sugar to the mind.
He uses the analogy of the human mind and gossip as a computer and a computer virus. Once the computer code (gossip) gets introduced to your computer, your computer doesn’t work the same way it did, or it might not work at all, because the codes are so scrambled. The same goes for gossip in your life. You don’t know where people’s opinions come from. Usually if people are talking poorly about someone it is out of jealousy, anger, resentment or bitterness of some sort. Their ego’s prejudice that are talking and spreading lies about that person. We all do it, but we all have to stop. It is poisoning our minds, just like the computer viruses poison your computer.
It is time for all of us to evaluate our lives and start on our individual paths to self-love. It’s time to cut ourselves off from the addiction of putting our nose in other people’s business. Celebrities or non-celebrities. Instead of scrolling your precious time away on Facebook to see the newest scoop, or watching TMZ, use that 30 minutes to listen to this 24 minute YouTube video on Miguel’s book. If I can educate one person on the value of eliminating gossip from their life, it will make this blog worthwhile, and the world a better place! It all starts with one person! Be that person today!