If you want to take a temporary (or permanent) break from social media, here’s a ritual you can do to cut the cord and feel liberated.
What you will need:
A metal chain, piece of yarn, ribbon, or string – something you can either cut or break. It should be at least as long as the vertical length of your hand.
A lemon or lemongrass scented hand soap.
Rose or Orange flower water – available in the “ethnic food” aisles of many grocery stores.
A favorite ritual anointing oil or hand cream.
The chain, yarn, thread, ribbon, or string is used to symbolize the connection you have to social media at this time.
Lemon and/or lemon grass are both scents that are worked with in all kinds of cleansing and clearing work.
Rose or Orange flower water are both worked with for blessing and restoration.
Your favorite ritual anointing oil or hand cream may be used to “seal” the ritual.
Take a few moments before you log in to Cultivate Calmness.
If you are announcing your intention to break up with a certain social media channel (for now or forever) then go ahead and make that announcement in whatever way is best.
When you are ready, pick up the chain, thread, piece of yarn or string – whatever you are working with.
Think and feel into your ideas and emotions around social media. This includes the good, the bad, and the neutral. See, sense, touch, know, hear, and feel that energy gathering at the base of your throat. It may have a certain color, feel or shape to it – if it does simply make a note of that but do not get sidetracked by it.
One you feel the presence of the energy breathe it out onto the chain, thread, piece of yarn/string, etc.
You may breath all of the energy out at once or you may need to repeat the breath a few times. You may find that you cry a little bit in which case anoint the thread with some of your tears.
Hold firmly in your mind and heart your goal in leaving social media – maybe you are leaving to spend more time with your kids, paint a new canvas, or take a formal job – whatever your reason and goal, hold it clearly.
As you are ready snap or cut the thread and as you do so, see, sense, touch, know, hear, and feel that the connection between yourself and social media is also severed.
Wash your hands with the lemon or lemon grass scented soap.
Then, pour the rose or orange flower water over your hands.
Finally, anoint your hands with the ritual oil or hand cream, blessing them as they are put to good use (away from social media).
Go do something related to your goal in leaving social media – paint that canvas, apply for that job, go to the park with the kiddos!