Little altars: re-imagining our social networking spaces to empower a life of adventure.

Little Altars
How often do you find yourself wanting to pull the plug on your favourite digital kitchen tables?

Facebook and Twitter can be wonderful ways to connect with kindred souls.

They can also become noisy, toxic drains on our energy, contentment and peace.

How do we look at the virtual kitchen tables that we choose to put our elbows on, including the ones we share here, and re-imagine them as the healthy, happy spaces we want them to be?

I had an “Aha!” moment today. (click the Aha! tab above to read on …)

Connecting Mindfully

 
A few things came up on my Facebook feed that lifted me up in a wonderful way.

As I was sitting there thinking about it, trying to imagine how I might distill that moment into one of intent, it occurred to me that I try to treat my Facebook wall as a “little altar”: a place to leave gifts for myself, and for my friends to discover, that allow me to invest my energy in ways that uplift and inspire, that invite reflection and action, and that feed my own soul.

It might be a tiny thing, to simply change the way that we think about our shared virtual playgrounds, but the shift is an important one. Our attitudes drive so much of both our emotional well being, and also our physical health.

If we’re going to prepare ourselves to have epic adventures, it makes sense to surround ourselves with the people and things and thoughts that move us forward in significant ways.

The Positive Flip

 
It occurs to me that this is an example of “the positive flip,” something a colleague once taught me to embrace.

In a nutshell, it’s the difference between asking “what works?” instead of “what’s broken?”.

We tend to see life as a series of problems to be solved, and this “problem addiction loop” comes with a lot of baggage attached.

I want to take some time to share a bit more thinking on these two things in a post of their own, because as tools they are very, very empowering.

When you think about this shift of perspective in the context of how it empowers a life of adventure, it makes a whole lot of sense. We learn the wisdom of packing light; and how jettisoning the heavy baggage frees us up to get off the beaten path, go further and deeper into wonderful places.

Instead of focusing on the work of the journey, we can simply enjoy the journey itself.

What are your favourite things?

 

  • What kinds of treasures do you love tucking into your own “little altars”?
  • How do they shape you as a person, as an ally and friend?
  • When you’re thinking about a life of adventure, how can you use them to lead the way?

 

Why not join me at our own kitchen table to share your thoughts?

 

Sue

 

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