Have you ever struggled with self-love?
Does it seem like you’re “blocking” others from loving you?
Do you find it difficult to “unplug” and be truly present in the moment?
This inner conflict and disconnect with presence is an epidemic in our society. Not only does it affect us, but we see our children falling victim to the comparison trap too. We have to stop and wonder: are we feeding into chronic insecurity by filtering our reality through a screen? What happens when we log out of our devices and come face to face with our here and now?
I’m here to tell you how social media could be sabotaging your ability to love yourself unconditionally and blocking your ability to have healthy relationships. I will also teach you how to consult the “mirror of your heart” for a serious self-love reality check. Social media doesn’t have to bring you down, at the end of this post I offer 10 tips for engaging on social media from a heart-centered space!
The best place to start with this topic, is truly understanding the problem. Short Answer: Using social media to escape reality and feed fear-based thoughts instead of using it to connect and share from a heart-centered place.
We can all agree that there’s a major phone/social media dependence and even addiction problem. Sadly, a big part of that involves scrolling through illusions that plant seeds of insecurity about of how we “should” look, how our lives “should” be. This leads to dissatisfaction. The dissatisfaction begins to create a disconnect from our own hearts. It even alienates us from others energetically, because our heart resonance becomes so low in the digital social setting that it translates to the real world.
When we view images that trigger a low-vibrational response like jealousy or judgement – it leads to negative feelings about our appearance, our “status,” and all the ways we don’t seem to “measure up.” As a result, we enter a fear-based mindset, disconnect from the heart, and struggle to love ourselves completely.
Self-love so easily goes by the wayside due to social media sabotage, like a muscle that we neglect to train. As we constantly saturate our conscious awareness with low-vibrational thoughts and feelings about our body image or our life in general, we can fall victim to anxiety and depression. And yet we still keep logging on, participating in the same toxic patterns, and going back for more!
It’s true, we’re swimming upstream against a strong current of comparison.
There are so many more sources to trigger insecurities and the “I’ll be happier when…” inner-dialogue than ever before.
We are bombarded with 400-600 advertisements every day! It doesn’t help that we live in a world of on-demand filters and Photoshop that skew our expectations and perceptions of reality even on the home front. Our friends and contacts display heavily edited lives on social media. Our screens are packed with perfect images that challenge our feelings of worthiness and self-esteem on a daily basis. This feeds the assumption that we are fundamentally flawed and need improvement to measure up.
Many people spend over 4 hours a day on social media and fall into the comparison trap. Comparison steals our joy because it lies. It whispers all the ways we are broken. It sends us on a low-vibe spiral of asking why. Why am I this way? Why can’t I have what so and so has? Why do I always fail? Asking why never supplies an answer. It only keeps us focused on all the things that are wrong and the “conditions” we put on loving ourselves. Can you relate?
Why is this such a problem? Stuck in a “lack mentality,” we remain unsatisfied because we have trained our minds to look for the negative – even when many things are going well. The thought patterns we entertain and the words that we speak hold great power. Our thoughts shape our reality. We begin to believe the lie that we are not beautiful, not worthy, not smart enough or successful enough and the Universe responds to our negativity with events that confirm our belief.
Studies show that only 4% of women worldwide consider themselves beautiful. Think about all the amazing women in your life, your family, or those that inspire you. Are only 4% of them beautiful? Of course not! I want to show you that we do not have to let the pressure to look or live a certain way determine the amount of love we are able to receive, especially from ourselves.
One of the subsequent issues of this social media fueled self-love shortage: we look for love in all the wrong places. You may even feel you’re “blocking” healthy loving relationships from your life.
There’s an emptiness and energetic “dullness” that occurs when we are out of balance due to our fear-based habits. Our thoughts and emotions lie to our heart, saying self-love is milestone dependent. But there is never a magical partner, purchase, promotion, or last pound lost that will summon self-love or love from others. Refusing to love yourself and mentally “beating yourself up” because you haven’t attained your ideal life is a form of self-abuse.
Until this disconnect is resolved, you cannot call in your soulmate or other healthy relationships. You must nurture your relationship with yourself and step into your most authentic and heart-centered self before you can effectively nurture a relationship. This takes patience! You may have to take some serious time to do some soul-searching.
Patience and gentleness make room for love to grow.
Make an oasis for love in the garden of your heart
to honor your eternal spirit and inherent worth.
Using external measurements of worth inevitably leaves us needing more external validation. The mirror only reflects our current appearance. The scale only measures our body mass in relation to gravity. Social media influence should not have authority over our perception of ourselves. We give so much power to these systems and MUST take it back.
The best mirror is the one within.
Invest your trust in the self-image in your heart.
Self-love and empowerment shine from within. The mirror of the heart reflects what is most precious. When we gaze on THIS mirror, we become aware of the wealth of who we are. Who you are is not skin-deep. Celebrate what you see in the mirror of your heart. As we learn to see past the mirage of perfection, we no longer have to be bound by social-media-skewed expectations.
Remember, your value is priceless because you exist. You are here, at this time, for a purpose that is larger than you could imagine. Your potential is only limited by the dreams you carry deep inside. The Universe is calling for your unique talents! Listen. Be present. Remain heart-centered. You are destined for so much more.
You don’t have to completely unplug to ensure you remain heart-centered and avoid the comparison trap. Follow these tips to consciously engage from the heart!
You don’t have to go it alone. Pick up my new book Wholistic Wisdom: Awakening Your Inner Healer as your guide to go deeper, to heal, to find body/mind/soul balance. I’ve designed this book to help you commit to a transformative healing journey – which is ultimately the greatest expression of self-love!
Hi, I’m Elena Bensonoff, Spiritual Health Practitioner. Here at Wholistic, our vision is to help facilitate the healing process so that you can reconnect with your authentic, whole self. So often, the root cause of physical or emotional imbalances is embedded in negative emotions that block the flow of energy in the body— increasing the likelihood of chronic pain, anxiety, and disease. We recognize and honor your life path and are here to guide you to your own mastery.