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Dear friends,

I want to stay well-informed and current – really, I do – but after watching the first presidential debate, I knew I couldn’t endure any more of that.  I skipped the VP debate, as well as the second, town-hall-style presidential debate.  I know myself, I know my own nervous system, and I just find combative rhetoric too agitating to my spirit.  I don’t want to stick my head in the sand, but I also need to be mindful of the environmental “inputs” I allow into my heart and psyche.

So I didn’t watch.

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I’ve also “hidden” a few people on my Facebook feed.  These are friends, colleagues and relatives that I love, and I don’t want to push them out of my life – but neither do I want to read dozens of posts that cause my blood pressure to skyrocket.

I reflect on this.  I don’t want to become one of those people who only listens to the side of the argument they agree with.  I don’t want to be deaf to the nuances of public debate;  I want to be open to all the voices in the discussion.  But I also know that I have to protect my soul, my spirit, from too much exposure to inputs that hurt it/me.

I’ve decided it’s not selfish to protect my own peace of mind – and sometimes that involves filtering the environment.