Tweet, tweet, tweet your way to a great life

How social media affects conscious creation

I’m a social media guy: I live on Facebook, Twitter, websites, and email all day. My job as a communications professional requires that I spend some time each day staying current with headlines and breaking news. As well, I’m responsible for publishing status updates, links and photographs. The catch-22 of being online frequently is this: on one hand you’re always up to date on what’s happening. On the other, you’re always up to date on what’s happening.

Let’s look at that a little deeper. When you’re immersed in social media, you’re also completely immersed in what many would call “artificial reality.” Yes, you’re being presented with facts and figures from what’s happening beyond your computer but that reality isn’t necessarily your own reality. It’s the “official” reality that’s being presented to you—one in which you may not necessarily agree with or accept.

When you’re absorbed in artificial reality, it’s difficult to concentrate on what you want. Conscious creation is an active and adaptive process. It requires that you become aware of your own subjective feelings, thoughts and beliefs. Oftentimes, looking at the world through social media removes you further from your own feelings and causes you to get off track.

The Internet is a great tool for sharing information. You get to keep up with friends, family and organizations that are near and dear to you. But social media can also expose you to negative and sometimes downright toxic energy from others that can send you into a tailspin. The danger here is when you touch upon something that does fire up your emotions. Take a small example: You’re in a good mood and you sit down to read some Facebook updates. You see a news item about your favorite charity that has sparked some controversy. Since you’re a fan of the organization, you decide to read further. You investigate the story on several websites, you check Twitter posts about it – you start to search out information that is fueling your own curiosity. After some investigating of the controversy, you’re now enraged. You’ve picked a side and you’re ready to fight for it. You post a stats update about it. Maybe you Tweet about it. You start reading the ‘comments’ section on news stories about it. Because you’ve allowed yourself to, you have no officially moved your energy toward negativity, anger, frustration, and excitement, just to name a few.

So how do you approach social media in an age when being online is a requirement for most people? Here are a few suggestions:

  1. Limit the amount of time you spend online. Like television, social media and the web can easily eat up most of your free time. By consciously setting a time limit, you can limit the amount of exposure to information, both good and bad.
  2. Be conscious of what you’re reading and examine it with a critical eye. Remember that conscious creation is all about beliefs: discovering your beliefs, examining them and throwing away the ones that aren’t working for you. As you read stories, updates and tweets, be watchful for beliefs that don’t fit in with the life you want to lead. Many of the things you’ll read are reflections of the official line of consciousness and are beliefs about reality. The better you get at discerning those limiting beliefs, the easier it will be to ignore negative information.
  3. Take time to seek out good and positive information from many sources. Find authors and writers who motivate you. Choose articles that fuel your soul. Follow an uplifting Twitter account (personally I’d recommend “Honor Your Spirit”). Many authors have Facebook accounts where you can see daily inspirational thoughts.
  4. Post status updates for yourself that fit in with what you want to consciously create. Share good news with others. Exclaim when you’re in a good mood. Congratulate yourself for a job well done. Avoid negative, hurtful comments about yourself or others. Remember that giving your attention to anything (both positive and negative) gives energy to that subject. Make sure you’re giving energy to the “good stuff” you want to grow.
  5. Finally, take a few moments every half-hour or so and return to the present moment. Focus on your breath for a minute. Feel the air in the room. Listen to the sounds you hear. Look up from your computer and see what sights are around the room. Do a mental check of all of your muscles and purposely relax them one by one. Then, once you’ve checked in with the here and now, you can return to the computer more focused and refreshed.

 

 

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Pedro
    Feb 20, 2012 @ 21:04:08

    Great suggestions! It’s so easy to get hypnotized by the social media and spent hours watching/hearing/reading negative stuff, for the most part. Thank you for the suggestions Chris!

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