As most of you have probably seen I have been traveling the world for about 2 months now. There are lots of reasons for this time adventuring. One of the main reasons is that I'm writing a book and I love the inspiration and time that traveling provides. The second main reason I am traveling is to explore the concept of living a life completely based on my own design. What do I want out of life? What would a successful, fulfilling life look like FOR ME? I think these are questions we don't ask ourselves enough and part of this journey I'm on is asking those questions again and reevaluating the directions my life is headed. I'm so grateful for this opportunity.
As a result of this huge shift in priorities, I've experienced some major shifts in perspective and thinking. I've experienced an expansion of what is possible for myself in this huge world. When we bite the bullet and take action towards something that REALLY excites us but also goes against all our conditioned "knowing" (in my case this was leaving a very comfortable, successful, and happy life in Denver, CO for the unknown of travelling the world for a year plus) we break free of the chains of our limiting beliefs because we are quite literally showing ourselves that we CAN make significant changes to our lives and still be OK, thriving even. The walls and rules of our consciousness expand. The realm of pure possibility opens up because we saw the fear and did it anyway. This is the biggest gift of all.
One thing that's come from this expansion of possibility in my life is the realization of how much of my time is spent on social media and communication. I love sharing my story, my experiences, and my thoughts with my audience. However, the amount of time it takes to write a simple facebook or Instagram post compared to how much time I actually spend on social media is the issue. I spend unimaginable hours just scrolling or compulsively checking for likes/comments/shares. I admit it.
Another part of the realization of the infinite realm of possibility is that I don't have to do anything I don't want to do. Now, I know this may sound naive or privileged, but the truth is that you don't either. As long as we stay in contact with our Soul and its desires we will never, ever, be led astray. Whatever brings you that spark of life. Whatever brings you that giddy excitement. That's your Soul talking to you. Follow those desires. I have been led to complete and utter trust in this new found realm of possibility. So..it isn't so much about doing whatever my personality wants to do all the time (that wouldn't work out well because our personalities want safety), it's about following my Soul-wants and my Soul-desires. This takes more quiet stillness and more connection to my Heart than I've ever had before. However, this expansion of my outer-limits, has allowed me to listen to this Soul place with more confidence and ease. When I spend my time in flow and move from the core of being my life becomes a practice of devotion and this feels so GOOD. I'm realizing I only want this feeling of purpose. Sometimes this means doing things the personality has NO interest in doing. It means stepping out of the comfort zone. It means making that phone call, writing that blog, declaring that goal, doing those taxes, admitting failure, looking at your bank account, etc, etc.
So this process of expansion brought on by facing fear has led me to realize that if I would like to live from a place of Soul-desire, flow, and joy then I must remove the blocks to this flow, and right now, some of the things blocking these Soul qualities are social media, email, blogging, and newsletters. Therefore, I embarking on an experiment of removing these blocks and detoxing from the digital world for two months (from May 1st-July 1st). With the two exceptions of a weekly Sunday post to Instagram (which is linked to my facebook as well), and the necessary personal, client, and mentee email correspondence.
I won't be on Facebook.
I won't be on Instagram (other than the post once per week)
I won't respond to emails from strangers or people who are seeking me out for talks, interviews, workshops, or to become a new client.
I am literally fasting from the reactive feeling that the world of social media, email correspondence can illicit in me and in doing so allow more flow, purpose, and joy to come through the space I've created.
Just to be clear here, this isn't all power and hurrahs for me. Taking this stance for my Soul's health is not without A LOT of fear. When you run a business completely online and rely on the internet to make your life sustaining income it's no joke deciding that you just aren't going to partake in the very thing that you get your business from for two months. But, quite honestly this fear is a huge part of the reason I'm doing it. I'm doing it because it scares me so much. Because if I've learned anything from these first two months traveling it's that doing the things that scare you are the most rewarding experiences of your life.
I would love for some of you to join me in your own digital detox or internet fast. Make it your own. Do it for one week or two days. Set different parameters that make sense for your life. See what comes up for you. Is there fear? Is there disbelief in your ability to do it? If you find yourself getting distracted by social media or compulsively reaching for your social media pacifier whenever you're bored or have some extra time, ask yourself if it is really serving you to be so engaged in a digital life and not in the one happening to you right now. Wouldn't you have the time to take up that new hobby that's been exciting you or do that daily meditation practice you've been meaning to do if you weren't on your computer or phone so much?
All of us want more fulfillment in life. We want to feel like we're serving the purpose we came to Earth to serve. How will we ever know what that is if we're constantly distracting ourselves and never allowing the space, quiet and stillness to hear the secrets our Heart is whispering to us?
I'm looking forward to pushing the boundaries of what is possible in my mind and life even more with this experiment. Join me @therevolutionarylifestyle for my weekly updates and I look forward to connecting with you again with more clarity and inspiration on July 1st.