Meditate. Live purely. Be quiet. Do your work with mastery. Like the moon, come out from behind the clouds! Shine.
- Siddhartha Gautama
I wrote sometime ago about my shopping addictions in a previous post. And even though I know I’m over it, the energetic residue of it still continues to hover. Like a creeper waiting to hook on, give it the opportunity and it will latch on.
Let me tell you a story. Lately I’ve been immersed in training myself about the biz side of running this show. Coming from a corporate telco background working in marketing, this is so different to spruiking yourself as a start-up biz.
Anyhow, I took an online course in how to market myself on social media. How amazing is it?! So many new creative concepts to practice and the only way to test them is to dive in. It was a new way of expression, very visual and may I say, pretty. OMG. It’s exactly so my kind of thing. I was mesmerised. Except like my old obsessions, I realised I took it a touch too far. The vibe of that old addiction energy was still near. Pretty soon I was on it morning, day and night, even stealing time in the loo at my office job today. Ack! I could see how ridiculous it was becoming.
Just yesterday I pulled the Devil card from my tarot deck and I knew the shadow of addiction was close. I had to drip feed the social media instead of devouring it. Look, I love social media for the way it brings a diverse group of people with the same interests together. I love the sense of community it brings. I love how much easier it is to search out those like-minded souls you vibe with. But I don’t like how I was starting to fixate on it, to the exclusion of all else.
So pull myself out, I did. Just earlier tonight I realised I wasn’t focusing on the object of my desire anymore. That is imbibing the feel and the emotion of being an energetic healer. I was focusing on my social media feed instead…see? Face-palm moment right there. And at that exact second I unhooked myself. Ditto writing this post. Phew!
We all have our own go-to quirky distractions we escape to as a respite from busy-ness or boredom. Just don’t let them get in the way of your desires. These fixations…they’re the subtle arrows thrown at us by the Universe to see if we can dodge them and still keep our eyes on the prize. It’s okay to take a detour now and again, but the trick is to really know what you desire, so that you can recalibrate your focus when it starts to go off.
So what obsessive energetic vibe is trying to hook into you right now? It will feel, taste and smell similar to an old familiar feeling you once had. Learn to make friends with it and then see it out the door.
Starting from today, write down your top three deepest, strongest desires. The ones that pull at your heart strings and brings a goofy smile to your face. Put them in order of significance. Ponder on them. Then tune in to your inner being to check if these are your true desires. Adjust and revise as needed.
Once you are clear on what your true north is, its easy to stay on course and avoid those pesky distractions…ahem, addictions.