Beyond Memes

Original creative content catches my eye. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good meme… But have you noticed that the memes sometimes take over on social media?

When I’m scrolling my Facebook feed, for example, I love to see photos of flowers, animals, families, and places in nature. Bright colorful images inspire me and make me feel happy.

I used to feel more enchanted by all the memes, but lately not so much. It seems like the memes just say the same things over and over, and I would rather read what my friends are thinking themselves, rather than quotes from the “Power of Positivity” page. Can you relate to this?

I do appreciate some of the more creative memes, especially the humorous ones… One of my favorite memes ever had this quote by Bob Ross (American painter, 1942-1995, who had a TV show called The Joy of Painting): “Ever make mistakes in life? Let’s make them birds. Yeah, they’re birds now.”

When I was googling to make sure I had that quote right, I found this other really great quote by him: “We want happy paintings. Happy paintings. If you want sad things, watch the news.”

That quote really resonated with me, because I think it is so important for all of us to continually work on happy-ing up! There is so much sadness in this world, and watching the news can really drag you down. If you feel that you must watch the news, consider viewing it weekly rather than daily, and if you feel anxious or negative afterwards, do some spiritual practices or visualizations to happy up and raise your vibration.

Anyhow, back to the topic of memes… I rarely share memes on Facebook, because I prefer to see original, creative content, and so that is what I offer myself… But I do appreciate a good meme, and I just discovered that The Hummingbird’s Journal has a page on Instagram, and Andrea is creating memes that are beyond the usual memes. She is pairing quotes from her own blog posts with beautiful images, resulting in high caliber, high vibration memes! Bravo, Andrea! 🙂

What do you think about memes? Do you enjoy them? Do you get tired of them? Do you long to see more original creative content on social media?

 

Photo* of flowers on desk taken by Teja! 🙂

* If you are viewing this post in an email, click on the title of the article and you will be taken to the StarFire Teja Blog where you can see the flowers!

 

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Teja’s Virtual Book Launch Week! ~ Reaching for Orange!

Happy Monday, Dear Reader…

Welcome to Virtual Book Launch Week for my new book, Reaching for Orange: Practices, Visualizations, & Blessings to Help You Happy Up Your Life… Now Available for Order on Lulu! (It will be several more weeks until it will be available on Amazon, and it will help me greatly if you will order now on Lulu!) ~ The Facebook Event is being rather glitchy, but I am persevering!

Are you feeling depleted, stressed, or overwhelmed? Are you feeling burnt out or experiencing disharmony with others? Are you upset about the current state of the world? If you answered yes to any of these questions, I wrote this book to be a healing sanctuary for you, and I really hope you enjoy it!

People typically reach outside themselves for happiness and healing. In Reaching for Orange I share tools for reaching inside to replenish yourself and to happy up your life. Through reading this book, you will learn practices to find relief from stress or difficult emotions passing through you, and ways to connect with the Divine Source of healing energies inside you.

From the back cover of Reaching for Orange:

“Reap the benefits of Sister Teja’s many years of daily practices, in-depth studies, and expensive workshops, in the comfort of wherever you are, for only ten dollars. This book was written for people of all faiths by a spiritual helper who is not ordained by any religion, but who is a self-proclaimed nun forging her own Shakahara StarFire Tribe. Teja Shankara is trained in relaxation techniques, guided imagery tools, energy healing, and meditation practices. She is excited to share and to be helpful. Teja prays that this book will help you to happy up your life!”

Please order your copy today! And after you order on Lulu, please leave a comment to let me know that you’ve ordered it… I am really looking forward to hearing about your experience with this book… And perhaps you will consider writing a review after you read it! That would be super awesome!

May you feel happier and happier, every day, in every way!

With Much Love,
Teja

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Where Were You During the Facebook Outage of 2019?

March 13th began like an ordinary day. After eating some oatmeal, I sat down with my coffee and posted a blog, “Sauerkraut is the New Yogurt… Or the New Apple” but when I hit the button to share it on Facebook, I got an error message. After trying to share the blog several times unsuccessfully, I googled and was drawn to a site called Down Detector, where I learned about the Facebook Outage of 2019.

On the Down Detector site they had a live map which showed all the places in the world where Facebook was having technical difficulties, and they had a live feed (by Disqus) in which people from all over the world were commenting about the issues they were having with Facebook. That comment feed was very entertaining. It was like a Facebook feed on steroids! One person marked themselves “safe during the Facebook Outage of 2019”, while another person shared that they had just eaten some walnuts and a banana!

But beyond the humor of that comment feed, the range of comments revealed the spectrum of our human condition. Some people were very angry and threatening to quit Facebook, while others were speculating about whether or not China or the aliens were attacking us.

That first day I was quite intrigued by the map, and I posted a few comments referring to how interesting it was that Los Angeles and New York seemed to be “hot spots.” Well, the next day I wasn’t so enchanted with that live feed anymore, because I discovered that they had deleted about 2,000 of the 21,000 comments, including several of mine, which they marked as “detected as spam”… Do I seem like a spammer to you?

Anyhow, let’s get to the emotional center of the matter. Were you affected by the Facebook Outage this week? If so, did it stir up any feelings for you? How do you feel about Facebook in general?

I have always had mixed feelings about Facebook. When I could not get into my account, and I was staring at that white screen with the small letters “Sorry, something went wrong,” I found myself wondering, “Did something go wrong? Or… did something go right?”

What would life be like if we no longer had Facebook?

 

May All Beings Be Free of Suffering.
May All Beings Be Happy!