Sometimes I’m inauthentic…
I’m always preaching authenticity, vulnerability and revealing your natural self to the world.
But sometimes, im inauthentic. Whether it’s posting an inspirational quote on Instagram when I’m feeling uninspired, or curating my feed to follow a certain pattern, or trying to develop a preset for my photos, or creating a content calendar...sometimes I cheat a little.
Today, especially if you work or study in the social media field like I do, we are given an array of mixed messages. One line of thought is that we should strategize our content carefully, to increase our number of subscribers or follower count, or to gain more clientelle and sell more of our products.
Another is that we should be vulnerable, show our “human” sides. Celebrities like Chrissy Tiegan and politicians like Alexandria Ocasio Cortez demonstrate this social media strategy. The reasoning behind that content marketing strategy is to attract consumers from “being yourself” and creating a tie with them that way.
The problem with either or both of these strategies is they are, in a way, inauthentic.
Social media as a whole could be seen as inauthentic, but I do think it serves as a connector between individuals, communities and ideologies.
I am not anti-social media, actually I really love it.
I’ve seen it serve as the vehicle to overthrow oppressive regimes such as that which fell down in Tunisia during the Arab Spring. I’ve seen it serve as the vehicle for social change and a platform for social messages such as #BlackLivesMatter and #MeToo among others. I’ve seen entrepreneurs, healers and activists use social media as a platform to build communities and inflict positive change.
Should we use social media? My answer to that question is a big fat YES. Should we be authentic and vulnerable on social media? YEA. But should we strategize our social media usage…? That’s a question I’m unsure of.
All I know is I’m ready to break the chain, to ditch my “content strategy” and allow myself to truly be a vehicle for love and light, trusting my intuition, trusting my connection with God/source/myself, and trusting that whatever comes out of my mouth, keyboard or pencil is not only what I need to say, but what needs to be heard.
What do you think about social media content strategies? Comment your honest opinion below. Let’s start a dialogue.
I got into a car accident today.
I was driving down the highway and the car in front of my hit their breaks, I slammed into them.
I’ve been here before, I thought as I calmly put my car in park and turned off the engine.
Placing both hands on my heart I remembered I was alive, I was OK.
The last time I got into a car accident, I could’ve died. My car was totaled. At the time I was living in New York and I wasn’t mentally, physically or emotionally healthy. I was riddled with toxic behaviors and negative self-talk which manifested an undesirable reality.
That day I made the decision to change my life, to drop everything and move to California.
Before my accident this morning I had a whole post planned for today about gratitude. I woke up this morning feeling peaceful and rooted in my faith. I’ve been surrounded by synchronicities lately — divine guidance — and had a serious breakthrough moment last night.
Last night in class I welcomed my three students, all three of whom I’d met from divine synchronicity, with so much love, light and warmth. I allowed myself to sink into who I was, remove the blankets of limitations I had been wearing since my teacher training ended in May.
Facing rejection from my teachers and questioning from strangers, some friends and some family had been weighing heavily on my heart.
And while I had done all of the “right things” before teaching class — meditating, grounding, reiki, preparing a plan, creating a playlist, arriving on time — as I was teaching I was scared. I was self conscious that I wasn’t “doing it right,” or that they wouldn’t resonate with the divine messages pouring out of me.
I was proven wrong at the end of class, showered with positive feedback and love. Not only that but the truly spiritual conversation that followed class between my three students, who had all practically been strangers to one another, and myself was a divine message in itself that I’m truly grateful for.
I spoke to my partner after class about how I was feeling and I realized that it was not only lack of gratitude for my current situation, but fear-based emotions and insecurities that had been following me through. I remembered in that moment, that I was enough. That this was my journey, my mission and my purpose. That teaching these beautiful souls was my calling.
I remembered how I felt the day I crashed my car for the first time and decided to move here. I remembered how I felt the day I fainted and woke up with a concussion on a concrete floor, and how I felt that evening in the MRI machine when I decided I’d be a yoga teacher.
I remembered how I felt when I met Ariel, a traumatic brain injury survivor and visually impaired yoga teacher following my concussion, someone who has become one of my best friends and guides on my journey.
I remembered how I felt when I began opening up to those around me, creating friendships and partnerships, receiving support and love from family, allowing myself to trust my teachers, guides and relationship with God.
I remembered how my intuition brought me there, to that studio space I share with an absolute angel, that studio space on Main Street in downtown La Jolla, that studio space I can call my own for a few hours a week.
I remembered my gift and my offering of the gift of yoga and spiritual connection that I can now pass along to whoever comes into my space.
I remembered the look on my students faces after class, the ease in their steps, the lightness in their frames.
And I felt truly truly grateful.
I wasn’t going to post today, I had planned on taking the day completely off from social media.
But as this message came to me I realized someone may need to hear it.
If you’re still reading know that you are a beautiful soul on a beautiful mission. You can’t control everything that happens to you but you must remember everything happens for a reason. You are here to live a beautiful life and everything you desire is here for you. Every bump in the road, every perceived roadblock is not meant to hurt you, it’s meant to place you on the right path.
Do I know what the hell I’m going to do about my car? Absolutely not. But what I do know is I have a roof over my head, clothes on my back, nourishing food in my belly, a healthy mind, body and spirit; beautifully healthy and balanced relationships with those around me, love in my heart and the wisdom, knowledge and courage to help others.
That to me is worth more than any car or material good.
Our Sacral Chakra is our second energy center located around our pelvic region. It is orange and color and serves as the hub for our creative energy, malleability, sexuality and ease.
If our Root Chakra reminds us we’re alive, our Sacral Chakra reminds us that the human experience is a beautiful one — one to be enjoyed, treasured and loved.
When it is over/under active we may experience creative blocks (ex. Writer’s block), lack of focus, sexual dysfunction/excessive sexual energy, trust-issues and anxiety.
When our Sacral Chakra is balanced we feel calm, relaxed and in alignment. We feel like we’re flowing with life instead of crashing against it, and find ease in our creative projects, relationships with others and relationship with ourself.
Here are 5 ways to balance your Sacral Chakra:
1. HIP-OPENERS — Hip-opening yoga postures are beautiful ways to balance your sacral chakra, as it is one of your emotional centers in your body. Yoga poses such as supine pigeon, 1/2 pigeon, king pigeon, 3-legged dog with an open hip and warrior I, among others are a great way to start. Even your basic "criss-cross applesauce" pose from elementary school is a great way to open your hips.
2. DANCE — Put on your favorite music and dance! Dancing, especially swaying your hips, helps balance your sacral chakra by releasing tension in the hip-area, and in general. In life we get so caught up in in our routines, rigid timelines and to do lists, that we forget in order to manifest our desires; life-force needs to FLOW THROUGH us. Allow energy to flow through you as you dance.
3.MEDITATION — Meditation is a key tool to balancing all of your chakras, but especially for the sacral chakra it is vital to allow your body to relax and to allow your natural energy to flow through you. Using crystals such as cornelian, orange citrine, moonstone and tiger's eye can enhance your meditation. Sit in a cross-legged seat with your eyes close and repeat the words "I flow through life" or "Creativity flows through me." Allow the words to flow throughout your frame.
4.GET CREATIVE — Get creative! Paint, draw, write poetry, journal, make music, sing, dance, sculpt, design. GET CREATIVE! Remember, life is NOT just about making money! It's not just about surviving! It's about doing the things you love, the things that add a jump to your step, lightness in your heart and a smile from your face.
5.GIVE YOURSELF SOME SELF LOVE— Dedicate some time each day, or at least each week for self love. "Self love" or "self care" activities such as splurging on a meal or buying a nice lotion or getting a manicure/massage is a privilege many world-wide will never have access to. So, if you are able to splurge a little on self-care, DO IT! Something we can all do is be nice to ourselves. Repeat positive affirmations such as "I am light," "I am life," or "I am powerful," or "I am peaceful," can help you tune your sacral chakra.
𝘞𝘌 𝘈𝘙𝘌 𝘚𝘗𝘐𝘙𝘐𝘛𝘜𝘈𝘓 𝘉𝘌𝘐𝘕𝘎𝘚 𝘏𝘈𝘝𝘐𝘕𝘎 𝘈 𝘏𝘜𝘔𝘈𝘕 𝘌𝘟𝘗𝘌𝘙𝘐𝘌𝘕𝘊𝘌 ✨
Before we chose to have this human-experience, we were a little seedling of consciousness with a specific purpose, mission and set of natural talents.
Then, we volunteered to have a human experience and actualize that purpose or mission in our external reality with our tools.
Most of us spend our lives trying to figure out what that purpose is. We are born with that deep knowing coming from an intuitive voice or “inner guru,” but most of us are conditioned to ignore it.
One way we could be conditioned to ignore it is through societal standards, familiar chords/pressure or attachments to material objects.
And so we spend our lifetime trying to figure it all out. We go to school and study various subjects, we work unfulfilling jobs instead of tuning into our natural talents and interests.
Have you ever pursued something that came naturally to you? For some it’s physical sports, for others it’s creating art, for some it’s elevating others. That/those thing(s) are your tools to help others and self actualize, they’re part of your mission.
And what happens is when we chose something that’s not a part of our plan, the universe throws us obstacles to bring us in alignment with what our true calling is.
THAT’S why every “curse” is really a blessing. THAT’S why people say “everything happens for a reason.” Because, in reality it does.
So when you’re feeling out of place, when you’re struggling finding your purpose, when you’re feeling like you’re at a dead-end, when the door is locked and you keep trying to open it — pause. Realize that if the universe didn’t need you you wouldn’t be here. Analyze your strengths, talents and interests. Then, try another door.
Watch what happens. ✨🌱
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𝘎𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘥, 𝘳𝘰𝘰𝘵𝘦𝘥, 𝘤𝘢𝘭𝘮, 𝘧𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘭𝘦𝘴𝘴...✨
These are the energies of the root chakra (Muladhara).
The Muladhara is the root chakra or first energy center located at the base of your spine.
It relates to your connection with your physical body, ancestry and environment.
When it is balanced you feel safe, secure, supported and peace. You feel fearless, knowing that you can shoot for the stars because you are connected to the Earth below us. When it is balanced you realize and remember that the universe has your back.
𝐇𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝟓 𝐰𝐚𝐲𝐬 𝐭𝐨 𝐛𝐚𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐫𝐨𝐨𝐭 𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐤𝐫𝐚 ✨
1. GROUND — Go out into nature (i.e. any grassland, park, beach, mountain). Stand up and feel your feet rooted soundly onto the Earth below you. Lift each toe and replant it onto the ground. Energetically bring the arches of your feet to kiss the ground below you. Feel the beautiful, grounding energy move into your body and remind yourself that you are human, and you are connected to beautiful Mother Earth.
2. LISTEN TO MUSIC — Put some headphones on or turn on your speaker. Listen to music that grounds you, whatever that means to you (maybe an old lullaby, acoustic tunes, sacred/religious melodies, bluegrass, folk music...heavy metal [if that's your thing!]) Music is a divine part of the human experience. Its existence has long surpassed that of most things in our culture today; clothing, language, technology...tune into your root chakra by listening to music and allowing its vibrations to soothe you.
3. CONNECT WITH YOUR ROOTS — Whether we'd like to admit it or not, we came from somewhere. They say that one of the first decisions we make is in utero when we declare "I am alive" or we choose to have a human experience. Of course we all have different experiences, and some of us may not be able to reconnect with those who raised us or our hometowns. What you can do is think about where you came from, and realize that it was this same body, mind and spirit you are in currently which guided you through your childhood experiences. You are rooted, and always have been.
\4. EAT/DRINK GROUNDING FOODS — Spices such as ginger, tumeric and cinnamon can be grounding. Same as foods like rice, quinoa, and proteins such as tempeh, seitan and tofu. When you eat or drink these foods, take your time. Chew slowly and imagine the food nourishing your body, or hold the warm cup of tumeric tea in your hands and allow its warmth to soothe you.
5. GIVE YOURSELF SOME ALONE TIME — Dedicate some time each day, or at least each week to "ground." Decorate your space with some nice lighting or a candle, make a cup of tea or coffee and get comfortable. Journal about your week, current feelings or anything which comes to mind. Plan out your tasks for the day, week or month. Participate in self-care, whatever that means to you, and remind yourself that you are grounded, safe and secure always.
This is the first post of a 7-part series on the energy body. For more information about the energy body, view my Instagram Highlight, “Energy Body,” or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What if I told you that you could have it all just by being yourself?
Would you believe me?
In our society we are constantly being told to change. We are born beautifully perfect humans with wonderfully beating hearts, intricate minds within vessels for creation.
Immediately after birth we are exposed to messages aiming to change us. Whether they be from something so innocently pure like a parent sending us to a specific school for a “better education” or dressing you a certain way.
And as we age, we begin to take note of what is “accepted” and what is “rejected” by society. Our parents oftentimes will share stories about how we used to play soccer but “outgrew it,” or used to love the color pink but changed our preferences.
This “change in preference” we go through a multitude of times each lifetime comes from observing how society views a certain action, style or personality; and adopting the ones which seem “acceptable” to be our own.
The result? For some, unhappiness, confusion and emptiness. Feeling like you don’t know who you are, feeling lost, feeling like no one understands you, feeling like you don’t fit in.
In a society which is constantly trying to change you — selling you diet products promising you’ll feel better, more whole if you lose weight; selling you stimulants and energy drinks promising you’ll be more productive and make more money to spend on those diet products, clothing or the latest tech products; selling you one of the most beautiful, human experiences imaginable — a loving relationship or partnership — via a smartphone app charging you $29.99 a month to find your soulmate — I challenge you to just be yourself.
YOU are so beautiful, so special and so unique. As YOU. Right when you wake up, fresh out of the shower, makeupless, barefoot in your kitchen making pancakes, singing in the car to your favorite songs, hugging your loved ones, giggling with the baby in the cart next to you at the supermarket, smelling flowers on the street, crying your heart out when you feel like it’s been shattered into pieces then picking those pieces back up again, running as fast as you can until your legs give up, reading your favorite book, skinny dipping in the moonlight with your best friends, failing not once, but twice, and again, and another time; succeeding not once, but twice, and again, and another time.
You can have it ALL just by being yourself. Actually, you already have it all. Just look in the mirror, look around you at all of the abundance which is yours and smile big and bright knowing that you are whole as you are, and that there is so much more to life than spending it trying to change yourself.