“Men do not attract that which they want, but that which they are”
If you know me, then you know I’m no stranger to fasting. Fasting is, in the words of my business partner and friend “my gospel”. In addition to fasting from food, I also regularly fast from social media. Just as I detox my body, I detox my mind and energy.
Social media is a gift and a curse. It has allowed me to connect with and learn from individuals I otherwise never would have encountered. It has provided a platform to promote my ideology and build a business. But it is also extremely draining. As an empath, being inundated with the thoughts, feelings and perspectives of others can take a toll. Especially when they are in such stark contrast with my ideologies. Additionally, because I can be a bit controversial, I have to deal with the emotions of those I have triggered. Lawd, it can be a lot. And so, I will disappear from social media from time to time. It can be a couple of days or a couple of months.
Last week, I was led by spirit to do a 7-day social media fast. This was one of the few times I questioned it. This is prime promotion time for The Fast Life 28 Day Challenge that will begin on 9/13/21. Also, I’m knee deep in rebranding and I needed to be active on social media for marketing purposes. But what I’ve learned over the years is to be obedient to the guidance and instruction given to me. I deleted the IG and FB apps on my phone and begin my 7-day mind and energy detox.
It has proven to be one of the most fruitful and rewarding social media fasts I’ve done. I have seen the demonstration of my spiritual growth and fortitude during these 7 days. I read three books (all of which I’ve read before) but they definitely hit different. This showed me that the soil these seeds had been planted in is more fertile than ever before. I’d like to share with you the three things that resonated with me during this fast.
1. Bless those that curse you
I’ve always thought it was foolish of anyone to bless those that curse them. Where they do that at? This is one of the Christian principles I have always struggled with and never quite took to my radical, retaliatory spirit. But reading the book, The Game of Life and How to Play it by Florence Scovel Shinn completely changed my perspective. As I mentioned, I’ve read this book before. And I’m very familiar with the concepts of karma, reaping and sowing, etc. But she said something that hit me like a ton of bricks. She said, “the game of life is a game of boomerangs. Our thoughts, deeds and words, return to us sooner or later with astounding accuracy”. And that’s the ONLY reason you bless everyone. Not because you actually want them to be blessed but you want to be blessed. What you send out comes right back. Which I already knew. But I know it now in a different way.
Recently, I was offered a job. Only to see someone else posted they had it on social media. My mind went hmmmm. Then my ego went, TF! And I knew there was some shadiness behind the whole ordeal. But instead of getting myself all worked up I simply blessed everything and everyone associated with that situation, knowing that because I chose to bless it, life has no choice but to boomerang those blessings back to me. Cmon somebody.
2. You are what you think
Again, something I know, but now I know it, know it. I read the books The Strangest Secret by Earl Nightingale and As a Man Thinketh by James Allen. During the 7 days I focused on my thoughts with the understanding, “as he thinks, so he is; as he continues to think; so he remains”. I completely grasped the concept that I am solely responsible for the life I live. My thoughts will crystallize into habits and actions which manifest as my life conditions. I cannot think lack and experience abundance. I cannot think failure and experience success. I cannot think fear and experience love. I cannot think negatively and experience bliss. My thoughts must be pure. Our minds are a garden. Whatever seeds we plant is the fruit that will be produced. And we have no one to blame but ourselves. I am committed to planting love, positivity, and laughter in the garden of my mind. I will not plant the seeds of bitter criticism, fear or lack. As Mr. Nightingale explained, “we become what we think about”
3. The World has lost its mind
This is the third and final thing that was imprinted on my heart during my 7-day social media fast. But maybe the world hasn’t lost its mind but I found mine. Either way, we are in a spiritual war, battling opposing forces for our minds, energies and souls. We must be vigilant to protect what is rightfully ours. The ability to think for oneself; to have a say in what is the best thing for our bodies and the bodies of our children. We must fight to preserve that which is precious, righteous and true; our right mind. The ability to see beyond the illusions of fear the media and government use to control us. I’ve learned that being called crazy in this world is actually the only way to maintain one’s mind.
This 7-day social media fast has been amazing. I’m more focused, grounded, and centered. I see life for what it is and not what others want me to believe it is. I bless everyone and every situation, knowing that those blessings will come back to me. I guard my heart so that the thoughts I generate are what I’d be glad to reap. I know that being in my right mind is my most precious possession. I would encourage you all from time to time to unplug and go within. Blessings on top of blessings to you.