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The Impacts of Television in Modern Society

Sarah is a certified Hatha, Vinyasa, & Kundalini yoga teacher. She is an artist who believes in the importance of living a creative life.


TV: Here, There, and Everywhere

Throughout the world, television permeates the life of humanity. For many of us, TVs are in the background of our every day lives, so much so that we probably don't even think much about it. However, it is not uncommon to have televisions in waiting rooms, restaurants, food courts, offices, bedrooms, and perhaps the most usual spot: our living rooms.

Lets examine the television as it exists in some lives. Some people have old, ones, new ones, or use a cell phone or similar device. Usually centrally located, the television has a prominent place in most living spaces. Following the motto of "bigger is better," these screens can sometimes take up entire wall spaces. Couches and chairs are arranged in front of it. Artwork, candles, and other home décor is often placed around this object. Many people have already observed that the TV is like an altar that has its own special shrine. Shrines and altars are spaces that are dedicated to figures of respect, but is the TV really worthy of this respect? True, what is actually playing on the screen has some say in the matter. What else plays a role? But also consider that specific light frequencies enter your eyes, and sound frequencies enter your ears. Again, what truly matters is if these frequencies are helping you are harming you, or perhaps have a neutral effect. How can you tell? Pay attention! Each "TV" is different in that the screens are different, the amount of light being emitted, etc. General rule of thumb: if your mind and body are happy, its probably just fine. If you feel irritated, angry, or another "negative" emotion, you may want to turn off the device for a moment and explore your emotions.


How Television Could Possibly Manipulate the Lower Chakras

If you look at most television programs today, you may observe that there are particular themes that tend to repeat themselves. These pertain to drama, money, food, and sex. Prevalent throughout most major shows include emotional manipulation, guilt and shame, punishment, retribution, scarcity and lack, fulfilling carnal desires, and so on. All of these themes correlate with the three lower chakras.

What is a chakra you ask? Great question! Chakra is a word from the yogic tradition that refers to human energy currents that move in different direction and and at varying speeds.

The first chakra , located at the base of the spine, deals with security, safety, and survival. It also pertains to fear of death, and money matters (a modern survival necessity). Begin to notice how much themes of death and money pervade the shows being presented today. Or perhaps there are some stories that communicate a more balanced survival system. Would you let a child watch this "show" alone?

The second chakra, located in the sacral region, pertains to sensuality, sexuality, creativity, and emotion. When in balance, our creativity has room to flourish in healthy ways, we are passionate, and let our emotions guide us in a positive manner. However, many of the dramas televised today portray characters who use sex as manipulation, and respond emotionally, fueled by anger, lust, despair, and so on.

The third chakra, located at the navel center has to do with our identity. What kind of identities to the characters have that are on TV? What is their relationship with themselves? Do they grow and evolve or simply play out the same stories over and over again?

What kind of messages are being relayed? It seems as though graphic violence is becoming the norm. Many shows that are listed under the fantasy category (Game of Thrones, anyone?) are not actually fantasy, but rather political and torture horror disguised as fantasy. When was the last time you actually felt the electric pulsing magic of a true fantasy story? Or rather, when was the last time you felt that feeling in your own life? For another thing that watching television does, is distracts us. True, many want to be distracted from the discomforts of their life...but at what cost? Have we learned to ignore the magic and creative potential that exists within the present moment that is always accessible to us if only we turn our attention towards it?

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Directors and musical artists have known for a long time the impact that sound and frequencies can have on our being. In a way, a show or movie can program us to feel a certain way about what is being presented through the sound that accompanies it. This is not necessarily good or bad, but it is certainly something to be aware of. For example, string intstruments often accompy scenes of saddness, greif, and loss. Many TV shows in the past have recorded laughter in the background, telling us for us what they (the creators) think should be funny. With this kind of subtle manipulation that we agree to every time we choose to watch something on TV, do we really have as much control as we think we do in our experience? If you are aware, than yes you do have control.


Become Aware and Notice

The best way to understand what television is doing for you, or to you, is simply to observe it for yourself. Actively pay attention to what you are watching. Ask yourself, what was the intention of the creator? Notice your posture and how you feel when you begin watching TV, and then again once you are finished. Observe other people as they watch their shows. What does their posture look like? Do their thoughts or the conversation change in any way? How so? Practice taking extended period of time omitting TV from your life and noticing any changes in your thoughts, moods, and behaviors. Are you using this form of technology, or is it using you? The more aware you become of what you are consuming via the television, the more conscious decisions you can make about what kind of role you would like it to have in your life.


Sarah O'Brien (author) from Pennsylvania on October 06, 2021:

You too, friend! :)

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on September 29, 2021:

You welcome. Stay safe.

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on September 29, 2021:

You're welcome. Stay safe.

Sarah O'Brien (author) from Pennsylvania on September 29, 2021:

Thank you for bringing this up, great point! When used with intention, technology can be a great tool.

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on September 28, 2021:

Althought the TV has its downside, it also has advantages for teaching.

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