I appreciated how, on our last weekend of teacher training, our master teacher asked us what relationship with money was like. I specifically liked how she worded it:
“Is your relationship with money adversarial? Or is it a tool?”
This post isn’t about money, but about social media as it’s been useful for me to view it within the same framework. Is it adversarial? Or is it a tool?
Sometimes for me it’s one or the other or even both. A couple years after getting sober in 2008 I ran with a crowd that rejected Facebook. Everyone was deleting their accounts, they didn’t like how vapid it could get, they didn’t want to waste their time with it. They wanted to focus more of their energy on being spiritual and living in the present.
I did it too. I went ‘off’ Facebook for years. People would comment to me about it and I would tell them that I didn’t have one. I would get weird looks. Lots of people consider having a Facebook (& other social media accounts) as being normal although there are many people out there who don’t engage.
I later found Instagram & took to its simplicity. Fast forward to the present: I am a Facebooker again & I have both types of accounts, continuously posting & streaming pictures about yoga, my son, & my life. Facebook became a sort of ‘necessity’ for all of my yoga stuff.
But sometimes it’s too much. I waste too much time scrolling though useless stuff. It makes me feel like a zombie. And I do best when I’m not following an outline, I recently tried out my first yoga challenge on Instagram (post every day about yoga for a month) & it made me feel trapped. Creativity & freedom always works best for me. It’s not fun if it feels forced.
I always have to remember that no one places me in a box, except for myself! And I have the power to step back or remove myself from it.
So I’ve taken breaks from it. My head got quiet. I want a quiet head so I think it will be something that I will do more often. Going back to that idea that group of AA’s in early sobriety taught me. Not deleting, just abstaining for periods of time.
Balance. It’s hard to find.
Wishing all you out there balance in what you need.
Peace, love, & namaste~