Real life interview
“To me, being authentic online means being yourself as much as possible”
Katie Brockhurst chats to Soul & Spirit on how to thrive as a Highly Sensitive Person in an increasingly online world
“I haven’t always ‘lived online’, so to speak. When I started writing the book I was on the island of Koh Phangan, Thailand, where I was living for six months. I used to get up every day and write for a couple of hours before England woke up at lunchtime; I found being being outside surrounded by nature very useful for my creative process. It helps me to feel good in my body and when I feel good in my body then the words will flow out of me! When I got back to England, it wasn’t long before I found myself living in Glastonbury, where the Abbey grounds became my new inspiring space. I would often take a rug and go find myself a little spot under a tree. Being in and amongst nature is one of the greatest inspirations for me, and many of my clients when creating, be it words or videos to product and service ideas. It helps to tune in, settle the monkey mind from doing what it thinks ‘needs doing’ and allows the intuition with its creative and unique ideas to come through.”
Being your ‘digital’ self
“The internet is a place that we exist; it’s another dimension, another aspect of us, our ‘digital being’. To me, being authentic online means being yourself as much as possible, which is a personal and spiritual journey all of itself. Who are you and how can you be the same person online and offline? How can you take what’s happening in the real world and share it in a way that captures you, your voice, your style, your essence and your vibe, and all naturally through your content and conversations? It’s a difficult path to tread.”
Face to face
“There’s something about the written word when conversing online, rather than via video or FaceTime, that can make us lack compassion. It’s easy to hide behind a device and say things we would never say to one another in person, and it can create a wall, or a distortion, that can stop people from being human online. Sometimes I read the comments on an Instagram post or a YouTube video and I’m shocked by what people write and how mean they can be. It really shows us the light and the shadow of what it is to be human, because it’s a reflection of us. Choose a practice that feels good for you, learn your go-to tools to protect your energy offline and adopt and adapt them for your online spaces, be that calling on your guides, using crystals, cutting cords or simply unfriending and blocking someone.”
“I’m a HSP (Highly Sensitive Person), rather than an empath. I do feel other people’s emotions, but I have strong boundaries around myself now and know how to manage my energy and the energy of others. I like working online as I’m able to manage my environment much better and thus my energy too. Being a ‘soulcial’ media expert is a title that means a lot to me – it was given to me by my clients, who I help to drop into their social media soul, rather than be controlled by their ego.”
Block out white noise
“Be aware of how you use social media. Become mindful of how much energy you spend passively scrolling and change that into using it for conscious connections. Think about what small acts of kindness you can create through speaking and sharing: how can you start creating conversations? In order to block out the white noise and the negativity, take control over the curation of your feed. Spend a few minutes per week cultivating and culling and find new people to follow that feel good. Take control over what you see, like you do in life.”
Cleanse your ‘social media’ chakra
“I wrote this meditation for my workshop at Mind Body Spirit Festival; it’s for cleansing and clearing your energy and connecting into your online community and intentions. Read and perform the blog at soulandspiritmagazine.com and download the audio at soundcloud.com/socialmediaangel/social-media-angel-meditation”
Check yourself out when you check in
Ask yourself these unicorn questions before you post to social media to make sure your messages are coming from the right place.
-Am I posting from a place of fear, or love?
-Am I trying to impress, or impact?
-Am I seeking approval, or attention?
Katie Brockhurst is a social media consultant to mind, body and spirit celebs and has just released her book, Social Media for a New Age (That Guy’s House). For more info, go to katiebrockhurst.com