Social Media is an amazing sphere for human connection. It allows people to share what’s going on in their lives with friends and family. It also gives us a constant and ready stream of things to be angry, fearful, and stressed about.
Those who have an interest in sewing anger, fear, and stress are well aware of that potential. As consumers of information, we must be too!
There’s only so much “the sky is falling” “evil is winning” “I’m being oppressed” you can expose yourself to before that BECOMES the sum of your conscious awareness every day.
We’ve all heard the saying, “You are what you eat.” Well, you’re also what you repetitively think and focus your attention on.
We all know there are real challenges facing us individually and collectively now and in the future. That’s our lot as human beings. The challenges never end until we move on.
Our choice lies in how we process those challenges and what we choose to spend our daily awareness on.
The great Persian mystic Rumi wrote about this a thousand years ago and said it more poetically than I ever could.
“When you go to a garden, do you look at thorns or flowers? Spend more time with roses and jasmine.”
Facebook and other social media, traditional media, politics; they’re all filled with flowers and thorns.
Which do you go looking for? Which do you post and spread across this nexus of human awareness we call social media?
There are real threats that deserve to be taken seriously. These platforms are amazing for sharing information about them.
I guess what I’m suggesting is to be careful not to seed the field of your mind with constant and terrifying negativity. For what you plant the field of your consciousness, will grow and become a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Roses and Jasmine or thorns? In the garden and on Facebook, the choice is ours.
Just in case no one else has reminded you today, YOU are awesome!