It’s no secret we are in a world of information overload. Between facebook, twitter, cell phones, 24 hour news channels, digital billboards, TV ads, text messaging, and a hundred other ways to “stay connected,” we are in a perpetual state of sorting through a bombardment of information that is flowing to us through multiple channels at any given moment. Some of it we care about, some is completely irrelevant. There are some pieces of information we want to know about our friends, relatives, and colleagues, and other things that we really don’t.

But we sometimes have little control over what information we are exposed to. And even more importantly, most people do not consciously monitor how that information is making them feel. If you were ordering your news through a take-out window, you might get the following: 5 murders, 3 wars, 2 disease epidemics, and 1 collapsing global economy, to go, please.

You wouldn’t necessarily fuel your body with unhealthy junk, so why would feed your mind with unhealthy, depressing thoughts? A lot of people see the benefit of monitoring what they put in their bodies, but not their minds.

You can’t always bury your head in the sand and ignore every piece of negative information that is out there. (“Isn’t it important to face reality,” you ask)? But just because it is someone else’s reality doesn’t mean it has to become your own. There’s a huge contrast of things happening out there, both those which you deem “good” and those which you deem “bad”. Only you get to decide what you let in into your own world. How do you decide? By choosing what you focus on. By directing your thoughts, emotions, and attention to that which you want to see expand in your own life.

It might be true that there are people starving out there- but most people don’t zero in on starvation, worry that they might become a victim of it, and constantly focus their attention on it. What would be the upside of worrying? Your feeling bad won’t benefit the person that is starving, and it certainly won’t benefit you. So why lower your energy vibration by thinking depressing thoughts? This is an extreme example, but people do this with the all sorts of things all the time like the economy, their health, their relationships, etc. They pick up on the negativity from the constant barrage of information being fed to them, internalize it, feel negative emotion based on what they read and hear, and then act surprised when negativity shows up in their own life. If you are internalizing negativity from your surroundings, it lowers your vibration, so that you are then more likely to attract negativity into your own life. That’s just law.

Instead of feeling bad when you hear something bad, just remember that everyone is creating their own reality. Everyone has their own source of internal power, and everyone has the ability to be happy. When you are bombarded with information from any source, learn to be a selective sorter. Does the information make you feel good? Then focus on it. Does it make you feel bad, anxious, or worried? Then take action on it if you need to (and can), otherwise discard it from your mind. Taking care of what you put in your mind just as carefully as what you put in your body is critical to your mental and psychological health and well-being, especially in our new environment of information overload.