How Facebook can help you to ‘know yourself’!

How Facebook can help you to 'know yourself'!Perhaps you know the phrase "Know thyself." An inscription to be read in the temple of Apollo at Delphi. Today we find that it is very important to know ourselves. Because if we know ourselves, we can influence our reactions and then we can change our lives in a positive way. The first step is to discover what thoughts we have every day.

"So  Facebook can help?" you might think. Yes, indeed.

And, in the following manner:

  • Go to your homepage on Facebook and start scrolling through the posts on your wall. Do this slowly and pay attention.
     
  • Pause at every post. Be aware of the very first thought that comes to mind when you see the post. Make a note of it. Be honest. Nobody needs to know what you think, because this is a personal exercise.
     
  • Example 1: you see a post of a group of women, whom you know, having a drink together at a pub. You're not one of them. What is your first thought? For example:

     

    • "Oh how nice!"
    • "WHAT? Was I not invited?"
    • "See, I don't belong"
    • "This is what I would like to have also."
    • "Phew, what a stupid clothes are they wearing "
    • "See, this is not for me"
    • "Look at them, bunch of hypocrites"
    • "That looks cozy."

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  • Example 2: you see a post in which a colleague or competitor talks about her successful workshop. What is your first thought? For example:

     

    • "What a good job has she done!"
    • "Yeah,yeah, showoff, rub it in again."
    • "This is what I would like to do too."
    • "See, this is not for me"
    • "Look at her, she thinks she's better than everyone"
    • "That will never happen to me"
    • "Oh, why do I even try?"
    • "Inspiring! I'm going to do that too!"

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  • Example 3: you see a post of a photo of someone with the love of her life. For example, celebrating an anniversary. What is your first thought? For example:

     

    • "What a lovely couple. Good for her!"
    • "Gosh, you have bother me with that mushy stuff?"
    • "This is what I would like to have too."
    • "Well, hold on tight, dear, you'll never know how long it'll last"
    • "I'm glad for her, but sad also, because it's not for me"
    • "& @ # ^ & * ^ T"
    • "I will never be able to find the right man"
    • "Stupid photo"
    • "O, this is soooooooo recognizable! Wonderful!"

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  • Example 4: Someone has posted a verse from the Bible or another spiritual book. What is your first thought? For example:

     

    • "Great, thank you!"
    • "(sigh ….)"
    • "O yes, there she is again…the guru."
    • "I don't get it" 😉
    • "It might be true, but it's not for me"
    • "& @ # ^ & * ^ T"
    • "I had not seen it that way."

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  • Example 5: someone has posted a great injustice, like abuse, a scam or something in that matter. What is your first thought? For example:

     

    • "How awful!"
    • "What a jerk!"
    • "They should be hung."
    • "I hope this never happens to me."
    • "Hopefully they get over it fast."
    • "I can hurt them, that's how angry I am"
    • "& @ # ^ & * ^ T"
    • "It's always the same with those people"

There are far more examples than these, but let's go on.

Look at about 25 posts and record your first thoughts. Check your list of thoughts and see what kind of thoughts you have the most:

  • victimization engined thoughts
  • judgmental thoughts
  • critical thoughts
  • haughty thoughts
  • compassionate thoughts
  • evil thoughts
  • revengeful thoughts
  • condescending thoughts
  • destructive thoughts
  • constructive thoughts
  • peaceful thoughts
  • sad thoughts
  • happy thoughts
  • fearful thoughts

Which thoughts you might have the most, remember that you ARE NOT your thoughts. If you know where your energy is going to most of the time, you can choose to condemn yourself for having those thoughts or accept yourself with those thoughts. I recommend the latter, because that is the beginning of self-knowledge :-)

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Do you like this exercise? Share it with me in the comments section below, if you want to, of course.












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