As am aside, when it comes to properly finding Happiness and Bliss, I need look no further than the freedom of the Internet. Not only are free Wii-Fi signals everywhere, I feel almost like an Omniscient Spirit while Roaming the Halls of the Infinite Internet…which is an absolutely free source of entertainment. When I yearn for a one night course in Ancient Rome, the Internet is at my fingertips. One of my passions is music. Whenever I can get a chance to play keyboard (I purchased one Casio electronic keyboard for five dollars at a rummage sale), I cherish that. Also, the same goes true for my guitar. But when my fingers are tired, I just go to Youtube.com, and listen and watch mindfully all the incredible videos about artists online from The Beatles to Lady Gaga.
I can easily spend hours upon hours listening to folk music, Indian drums, and Classic Rock and Modern R&B videos on Youtube.com for absolutely no money spent. When watched mindfully, I really and truly feel I am there at the respective concerts, and joyful swim with the music. And as I discussed, quality free entertainment does not bring a hefty credit card bill at the end of the month (as an aside, I do not even own a credit card at all. I make ZERO purchases on plastic that bring a frown at the end of a billing cycle).
If I am curious about American History, there are uploaded PBS videos for me to enjoy, there are free online documentaries that abound, and thoughtful local news also serves as a nice experience for an evening. I really try though to limit myself to QUALITY programming. No porn, no Internet gambling, “trash” websites which makes me feel worse later. I love to read and watch uplifting stories, and there are plenty of them out there.
As we discussed in earlier chapters, watching low class videos can only make oneself feel dis-ease, and squeeze happiness out. Watching and reading about secular and superficial topics should be avoided…which I do avoid. I mentioned how that which you view is internalized. And watching violent content can only result in your feeling unhappy and lacking.
For example, I mentioned how a person should “compare downward” with respect to oneself. If I log onto channels about houses of the “Rich and Famous”, it will needlessly program myself into thinking that I need to have a sports car and an outdoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi to be happy. You hare responsible for what your mind “eats” as much as what your belly “eats.”
On the Internet, I will not get “caught” up in the drama of some reality TV star like Kim Kardashian, which will only bring mental indigestion. I would prefer to watch a short series on some uplifting tale of someone’s home being built by the likes of “Habitat for Humanity” or something similar which showcases human beings’ ability to do good and spread joy amongst its citizens.