It was Halloween and I was a woodland fairy.
My costume was colourful and my makeup was extra glittery. I must say, I looked very enchanting.
I took a selfie and posted it on Facebook and waited for the likes and comments to pour in.
I was on Facebook a half hour later, and there were no new notifications. 2 days later, still nothing. It was amazing to notice how I felt without that reassuring "thumbs up".
Was the photo not as enchanting as I thought? Why did I need the recognition?
I eventually noticed my fairy post was set to "only me". No one else could see it!
It was a great exercise for my ego.
How often do we use social media to validate our appearances, choices and experiences? How often does the ego hijack posts and tweets to fulfill its desire to be seen, liked and admired?
Don't get me wrong, I like Facebook. I enjoy keeping in touch with friends around the world. But what if before hitting the post button, we checked in with the energy that was behind it?
When we consistently suppress and distrust our intuitive knowingness, looking instead for authority, validation, and approval from others, we give our personal power away. - Shakti Gawain
Sometimes we need to be reminded of the abundance of confidence and love we have on the inside.
By the way, if you don't "like" this post, I'm totally OK with it!
Director of Teacher Training for the Maritime Yoga College and Registered Holistic Nutritionist.