Expand Your Media Palate

Hello and welcome to Magick Month!  For the entire month of October The Guitar Witch will be posting a new tip or challenge to help your creativity flourish and pulse with all the energy and life it deserves! You can find previous days here. Today I encourage you to expand your media palate.

We are what we consume 

Our inner and outer world is composed of what we surround ourselves with, of what we consume.  This is as true of food as with anything else we let into our bodies, including media.  

If you have high quality input, the odds of having high quality output are greatly enhanced. Thus, be conscious of what you allow to gather your attention.  

For me, this is a constant fluctuation.  For example, I am on and off of social media.  I went several years without a Facebook account, but I do find that it can be great for transforming acquaintances into friends, keeping up with people I care about, and ease of finding those with similar predilections.  So, I do still use it.  However, I detox from it regularly and am mindful of the ease at which internet usage of all kinds can become habit-forming.  

High quality media inputs

Cinema, books, some podcasts and some blogs (hopefully like this one!) are generally well curated enough to have a beneficial “healthy-food” effect compared to the “snack food” quick dopamine hit of social media.   

I particularly enjoy audio books, as they allow me to complete household tasks while listening.  The convenience of apps like Libby (free from many libraries) and Audible is also attractive. 

Variety keeps us nourished

Expand your media palate with something that feeds a part of you that you may be neglecting.  If you’re always reading silly stuff, try something serious.  If you only watch intellectual movies, try going to a block buster.  You may be amazed at what different types of creatives are able to conjure.

Just like eating only one type of food while neglecting others can lead to nutritional deficiencies and excesses, overexposure to some media at the expense of others can leave us intellectually and socially famished. 

Do you tend to stick to one genre of media or another? 

When I was a kid, I loved reading fantasy and fiction.  Once I got older I got more analytical, I began reading only non-fiction. 

Over the last couple of years, I have tried to return to my roots by reading  fiction again, and it has been so nourishing.  

Fiction feeds my imagination and gives me a sense of adventure and possibility for my real life that I don’t find in non-fiction.  However, non-fiction provides me the “how” to live those possibilities.  By improving my health, finances, and life, I am able to become more adventurous and creative in my personality and surroundings. 

Expand Your Media Palate

Book recommendations: 

Fantasy 

The Mists of Avalon: This was my favourite book growing up.  It is a long read, but difficult to put down.  It is basically the story of King Arthur, but focusing on Morgan Le Fay and the other women in the story.  This is a truly magical book! 

Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orisha, 1): Another tale of magick powers and strong female protagonists, but with an African/Black perspective.  This take on a typically British-focused genre is so powerful and refreshing.  It touches on the horrors of genocide, living in fear and persecution, orphanhood, and development one’s true power. 

Reality

Living with Intention: The Science of Using Thoughts to Change Your Life and the World: A collection of research regarding the power of your thoughts to help, hurt, and heal.  While some of this research seems so far out there as to be nearly incomprehensible (see my article on Retro-Intention), there is no doubt in my mind it will make you more conscious of how you direct your mental energy. (PS: It says it costs $46 CAD, but if you have an Audible account it only costs 1 credit). 

Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones: This book changed my whole life.  I was already a quite meticulous goal-setter and planner and could definitely see changes and improvements over time, both in myself and in my students. However this book gave me so much hope and motivation to continue making small, consistent changes.  When one is rushed and has forgotten to do a goal-related task, it’s so easy to say “1 minute doing x won’t make a difference, so why bother?”  This book shows how 1 minute can make a difference.  1% improvement is important. 

In conclusion

Choosing media that empowers you is just as important as choosing food that nourishes you.  Broaden your horizon with deep, healthy media. There are so many writers, podcasters, speakers, and filmmakers out there working hard and doing research to bring quality words, knowledge and vision into your life.   

If you have any questions do not hesitate to comment below.

Thanks for reading!

~ Blessed Be and Happy Creating ~

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