Social Media Love Hate
I have a love hate relationship with social media. While it is the vehicle which drives people to find me, where I am, who I am and what I have to offer, I also find it a soul sucking black hole of endless mind numbing information. I go on to do one thing and wham, down a rabbit hole of attempting to assimilate mass information I had no desire to seek out.
I stopped watching television a while back, even as a teen and young adult I knew to limit my intake, only watching a selected few hours per week which I would record on my VCR so I could miss the propaganda and sales.
But social media is much more insidious. Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter to name a few, have us like Pavlovian dogs responding to ever flash of our screens. I have managed to turn off all notifications that are not phone and text. However once you go in it’s like the floor drops out and you’re in a haze of endless information, some good, some bad and some just.
Its overwhelming the amount of information that is constantly streaming from person to person, through streams, who we follow and so much more.
Today I was presenting a training on Mindfulness, starting by tuning in to the necessary fact of cultural appropriation, repackaging, branding and monetizing the process. We then moved into what it means to be mentally, spiritually and physically present, understanding equanimity. Slowing down to be present.
Such a dichotomy to our social media paced life. It has a purpose it serves and we have to be mindful of how much we take in. I am looking forward to a technology holiday which I like to take as often as possible but don’t alway get too. It’s nice to have no connection to the outside world. I miss landlines where it was separate just for that reason.
What dow it look like when you can choose to delete apps, or not have a smart phone or even a cell phone? Your level of distraction and stimuli decreases. Your awareness goes up. I wonder if there had been a study regarding fatigue and screen time? How much time, energy and life force does our screen time suck out of us?
Now that the weather is blooming towards summer I am looking forward to the weekends and being outside in nature, connecting to the earth, connecting with my spirit, my source and replenishing myself to a state of equanimity, joy, peace and all that entails.
our ability to reconnect back in. Where my phone becomes a flat camera. Where there is no place to be and nothing to do but be. To sit, breathe, laugh, cry, play, roll down hills, enjoy the sun, kiss and fall asleep in a lovers arms. These are life moments not alway caught on digital, nor should they all be. They are to be the precious memories we share with each other in remembrance and life.
Breathe, have fun, be curious, loose the expectations, set an intention, release the shackles of social media, step outside and feel the warm sun and cool breeze, have a beverage and share some face to face time with a loved one.
Enjoy life, it is for the living.