It’s funny that we feel good when we genuinely ignore, let go of, and forget about things that bother us, yet we tell ourselves it’s wrong to do so.
Do we have a duty to pay attention to things we’d rather ignore?
Let’s start with easy stuff like the news. I’ve mostly stopped following the news, though I still briefly read the headlines.
If I stop even reading the headlines I’m pretty sure I’ll feel better. And what would I miss out on? I could throw up a list of keywords right here, and most of us will have some kind of emotional reaction to them.
Ignorance is bliss, because when we genuinely ignore something it isn’t active in our thoughts or vibration.
The Lithuanian President
The French President
The American President
Three different dignitaries will give you three different emotional reactions just at the mention of them, entirely dependent on how active they are in your thoughts and therefore how much momentum they have.
I don’t even know if Lithuania has a President. But boy do we all have an emotional reaction to the thought of America’s current leader.
We are told it’s important to be in the know, but it’s more important to feel good. If knowing about a subject makes you feel bad, then why not stop giving it attention? Let it gradually dissipate from your awareness and pay attention to things that feel good instead, even if it feels a bit strange at first.
Imagine if you could ignore all the pointless worries and interpersonal dramas that go on in life? Imagine being able to let go of any negative emotion on any subject.
The fact is that we can only give our attention to one thought at a time. Even thoughts that feel “okay” could be replaced by a thought that feels better.
Ignoring things that feel bad makes sense when we can turn our attention to something that feels less bad instead.