I know. It sounds strange. Perhaps like a desperate attempt to justify the inordinate amount of time I spend “pinning” things. Perhaps like my husband would see this and smirk at me. But as long as I already have your attention, I’m going to talk about this anyway.
Several years ago, I watched The Secret, and it changed my life by setting me on a path to just plain being happy. And once I got happy, things in my life just kept improving – job, finances, love life, and so forth.
If you’ve never seen the film, I do recommend it, but allow me to first tell you that I was The Biggest Skeptic Ever (BSE) before I saw it (about everything that felt good, it seems). I don’t know when it happened, but at some point in my life I decided that if something felt good, it was just a matter of time before it either went sour or disappeared entirely. And so it was, until I changed that belief.
The Secret is just the tip of the iceberg. I must have watched it a hundred times from my couch (where I slept when I was depressed), because at first, it was the only thing that brought spiritual and emotional comfort to me. I started studying the Law of Attraction then and haven’t stopped since, even when I read things from people who “tried it and it didn’t work.” The next movie you should watch is called What The Bleep – a quantum physics explanation for this phenomenon.
What I can tell you in simple terms is that like attracts like, and everything in this world has a vibration, including you, including your thoughts. If you’re thinking good thoughts and feeling good feelings, you literally attract more of that. If you’re feeling negative thoughts and feeling negative feelings, well, same story goes. There are all kinds of fun AND hard questions that go with this, questions that I won’t address here, but I will let you study on your own. (If you really want to indulge the topic here, feel free to leave a comment!)
So how does Pinterest fit in?
In The Secret, they talk about “vision boards” – something that I’d actually heard about prior to the secret and thought was a fun idea, but hadn’t paid any attention to. Vision boards are essentially a collection of images and sometimes text that are designed to remind you of your desires and goals, and evoke positive emotions about those things. Sound familiar?
So maybe you’re not presently using Pinterest on purpose in this way, but I believe the reason Pinterest has become so wildly popular so quickly is because it is a collection of images and resources that get us fired up emotionally about our desires. I don’t believe it is a coincidence that the first and most popular kinds of boards out there are related to dream homes, destinations people want to visit, and fun things we want to create. Three of my first boards were:
Visual Therapy – simply a collection of images that make me feel happy, peaceful, and inspired.
Experience The World – places I want to visit, things I want to do, people I want to meet.
Dream Home – architectural wonders that make me go, “Ahhhh.”
As I look through all of my boards, 99% of what I see is just pictures of my desires and solutions to challenges. Pinterest has enabled me to inspire myself – and yes, I’ve used a LOT of the information I’ve found on Pinterest to create things, or spark creation within myself.
Take a good look at your boards. Do you see anything that you DON’T WANT on them? Do you have any pins that evoke negative emotions? If so – NUKE ‘EM! Make a conscious effort to use your boards to draw more positive emotion into your life, and see how it changes your world.
Have you already been using your boards in this way without realizing it? Think about it for a few minutes and leave a comment to tell me your story! I look forward to hearing what you have to say.