It’s everywhere, this social media thing. Most of us are connected in one way or another to social media: checking out friends on Facebook, following folks on Twitter, using Pinterest to gather visual inspiration, it’s just a part of our landscape.
I’ve been a Facebook user and have loved the interactions and connections it’s brought to my life. Lots of yoga and music trainings have brought me friends and connections all over the world, and I just absolutely delight in maintaining and nurturing these connections. They are absolutely precious to me!
So I was kind of resistant to Twitter... even had an account for awhile and then left it to languish. It seemed like this endless stream of information that just left me overloaded and frazzled with useless information. It got me thinking, what do I really want to use this for? I figured that setting an intention might shape my experience with Twitter. I decided that I would follow only those people or groups that inspired me to a higher level of consciousness, and that I would make every post something designed to bring light and love into the world. I am awake and aware of my place in this Universe, and by connecting to those on the same path, and spreading this appreciation further, I saw Twitter as a force for all the good stuff in life.
It’s been a few months and I’m loving the mojo this has created in my life.... I’ve found inspiring articles, free downloads of uplifting music, and even found someone to help me with my rediscovered love of writing.
So, how do you use Social Media?
- Do you use it, or does it use you?
- Are you an obsessive checker with no greater purpose to your dalliances online?
- Do you have an intention?
- What would happen if you set one?
Here’s my proposal: set a firm intention for how you want to use one social media platform for the next month. Make your intention a firm sentence or word that you can use as a touchstone before you log on. Before you post, retweet, or reply, see if your online interaction matches your intention. Do this, to the best of your ability, for about a month. Then check back in and notice what has happened. How has this intention shaped your experience?