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Given what has been going on in our nation, several people in effect have said to me: “I want to stay informed, and I don’t want to bury my head in the sand. But I don’t want to be sucked into a depressing 24/7 news cycle. What would you suggest?”
I would suggest that we listen to the wisdom of Rev. Erin McCabe, who is the senior minister at Unity Village Chapel (UVC). I had the good fortune of working as an intern for Rev. Erin during my seminary days. UVC is the working congregation at Unity Village (Unity’s headquarters). If Unity had a “mother church,” I believe it would be UVC.
Rev. Erin has been a dynamic spiritual leader for UVC, and under her leadership, UVC has been very active in the arts and social action. I have always found Rev. Erin to be well informed, but she certainly is not a “news junky.” Recently I asked her to lead a session of our Zoom class on USING UNITY PRINCIPLES DURING A PANDEMIC. What was so touching was seeing Rev. Erin speak to us while mothering her almost-two-year-old daughter.
Rev. Erin made the following suggestions:
- Know your sources from which you get your news. This is so important during this age of social media and questionable sources.
- Keep your mind centered and balanced as you are going through the news. If you sense your consciousness starting to fall down a rabbit-hole, stop and recenter. Remind yourself of what you know to be spiritually true.
- Put parameters around how much time and resources you are devoting to the news.
- Take the news to be a “prayer list” and an “action list.”
- Ask yourself: “What disturbs me enough to work for change?” It is in this area—or areas—that you should be willing to devote some of your time, treasure, and talents.
Rev. Erin gets requests to serve on many boards, etc. She says, “No” to many of them because she does not feel that they are her’s to do. But in following the above points, she felt called to serve on the board of the Association for Global New Thought. This was a way she could help raise the level of consciousness in dealing with many issues that present us with challenges and opportunities.
I would just add a few points to. Rev. Erin’s suggestions:
- After college, I started out as a reporter, and I was good at it (I wound up as a reporter at our newspaper chain’s Washington DC bureau). I learned that by definition “news” is the exception to the rule. For example, Unity of Roanoke Valley does so much good, and people within our spiritual community do many wonderful things. Most of this will never make the “news.” But if one crazy person comes into our church with a gun and starts shooting people, this will make national and international headlines.
- Given the nature of “news,” it is important to always see beyond today’s headlines. It is important to see beyond appearances. It is necessary to remember that what often is reported is not the end of the story. Keep your consciousness centered on this higher realm, and as Gandhi said, “Be the change you want to see.”
I hope the above helps you in dealing with the “news.” I know it has helped me.