One suggestion that I have personally would be to not entertain gossip in any form. Don’t read People.com, TMZ.com, Access Hollywood, Extra!, and the like. As you are part of the universe, you are contributing to the breakdown whenever you participate in such endeavors… because it is mostly always the same. Someone famous divorces, gets addicted to drugs, or has been arrested for a DUI, or announces bankruptcy. All you have to do is change the names and people and you will have even tomorrow’s story. It is like a revolving carousel of endless drivel, that is a complete waste of your present moments and feeds into the society’s endless desire for more garbage entertainment.
I recall a quote by Gandhi who wrote out of frustration after seeing the seething discontent on the faces of Americans, “Can’t America contribute anything better than increasing the speed of life?” As the speed of life accelerates, modern technology and such things as advertising makes the typical American feel envious and disaffected and poorer, which is an illusion as the modern man lives better than the generations before him from a technological and income basis, and even from a “square foot of the house basis”.
An interesting study by psychologists recorded that after watching advertising on the television or the Internet, they rated their cars, possessions, and even their partners 20% lower on the desirability scale. After seeing advertisements for a new Audi A8, with oceans of new features, can your old Ford Escort compare? After seeing Barbie doll models on a Victoria Secret ad, can your girlfriend compare to society’s ideal?
Ignore advertising and turn off that TV and computer! Society is trying to arbitrarily make you conform to what its deems as beautiful at that particular time.
As we alluded to earlier, prayer and meditation is a way of dropping conscious and moving into genuine consciousness and awareness. Your conscious, given to you by society is like a hard pie crust preventing the flow of consciousness. For instance, your conscience given by society and taught to you by society may have you feeling that blacks are inferior. But that is your conscience, which is artificial. If you move into consciousness, things start to fall into harmony in a natural way.
Your negative emotions just make you leak from so many holes. Anger, envy, jealousy, hate, and fear emerge, and suppress the pure lighter emotions. You really can’t ignore your negative thoughts because by focusing on them they just grow and spin in your mind. The appropriate action is to fight the darkness with light.