The past couple of weeks, I have been doing everything in my power to raise my vibration, live more positively, and become the kind of person who attracts abundance rather than lack. In my efforts, I have discovered that my energy is affected by…well…everything.
We live in a world where we are constantly consuming. Thanks to the internet, media, and our ability to communicate with as many people as we want as often as we want, we take in a lot of information throughout the day.
I began to think about it, however, and realized that – at the end of the day – I get to be the one who controls what it is I choose to consume. I get to curate my social media feeds. I have chosen who to follow, and I choose who to interact with. So, I decided to take this idea of curating to a whole new level.
Like most people, I spend a decent amount of time using social media. So, when I wanted to become more aware of the information I was consuming and how it affects me, this is where I started. And this is what I did:
I Asked Myself, How Does This Make Me Feel?
My go-to for social media is Instagram, so I decided to evaluate each of the accounts I follow on the platform.
Obviously, all of the accounts I follow were people I wanted to follow for one reason or another. But, until recently, I feel as though I was willfully ignorant of how much negative energy affects me, and I might not even have recognized my own negative motives behind following someone in the first place.
So, I looked at each account I followed and asked myself how their content made me feel – and I forced myself to be honest with my answers.
For example, I followed several fitness accounts that I looked at “for inspiration.” That’s what I had been telling myself, at least. But “inspired” is not how I felt scrolling through these feeds. I looked at the images and paid special attention to what my mind was telling me. I was shocked by the negative things I began saying about myself. The comparisons and the put-downs.
So I unfollowed.
I repeated this with accounts that I followed simply to keep up with gossip (it’s fun, I know, but it definitely is not serving you), accounts that made me feel bad about myself, accounts that inspired any feelings of fear, hate, anger, guilt, shame, or any other low-vibration emotions, and people in my personal life who I was simply following out of obligation.
I want to be clear that I am well aware of the fact that we can’t completely avoid negativity and live in blissful ignorance. We should know what’s going on in the world and stay educated about difficult but important subjects and debates, OF COURSE. But, I am choosing to have my consumption of that information be on my own time, when I choose to seek it out for myself. I, like most of you, spend a lot of my free-time scrolling through Instagram without thought. I want my time on the platform to serve me better. I want to feel inspired. I want to learn new things. I want to communicate with like-minded people. I want to feel good. It is far too easy to get caught up in negativity online, and I just don’t have time for anything that doesn’t serve me anymore.
I Asked Myself, Is This Serving Me?
I am not telling you to fill up your feed with cat videos and pointless pretty images for the sake of positivity.
I do encourage, however, asking yourself how the images and information you are consuming is serving you. This has been huge for me lately. I only get to consume so much information and interact with so many people a day – so I am dedicated to letting go of what no longer serves me in favor of what does. If something is going to be a part of my day – if it is going to take up space in my mind – then I need to be getting something out of it.
There are hundreds of different reasons that you might feel like something is serving you; they don’t all have to be deep, spiritual, mind-expanding reasons. As I looked through who I now followed on my account, I asked myself how that account was serving me and adding to the experience I want to be having in my life right now.
Some accounts serve me simply because they make me laugh or feel happy. And that’s okay! Joy is a high-vibration emotion and we could all afford to take life a little less seriously. Some accounts serve me because they teach me something. Some inspire me to become a better me, or to love myself more deeply. Some offer me support in some way and some are friends I enjoy communicating with. They are all different, but they all give me something of value.
Social media can be a great tool, and we are certainly lucky to have immediate access to all of the information online today. Now that I am being more mindful of what I choose to consume online, I feel much more optimistic about social media in general. A few months ago, I perceived it quite negatively. I saw a lot of unproductive fighting, the spreading of toxic gossip, bullying, and hopelessness. But, my perception was shaped by what I had initially gone looking for and where I was choosing to spend my time online. What I’m encouraging all of you to do is choose better.
Thanks so much for reading today’s post. I love you all and am sending good vibes your way!