I am starting out the week with what some of you may think is a little heavy. I am looking into what makes life valuable, and what is just extra layers that don’t add much. I have begun to look at what brings life more meaning. By this I mean I am considering which practices deepen my experience of living and make it richer, and what does not have this effect.
As I go through this process, I want to invite you along with me. So I am sharing here, a piece I found about social media and its role in life nowadays. I am sure most of you who read this blog are on Twitter, or Facebook, or Pintrest. I believe the commentary I found in this article is truly worth considering. And in the article, there is a short video in which the creator of cowbird.com shares his ideas about what social media has become and what is needed for people to have a richer experience.
Article: Rethinking Social Networking
I had not heard of cowbird.com before today, but I am really thinking on what function/role I want online media to have in my life. Will it add something to my life to join one more arena?
Today, I encourage you to think on how you use social media, and how you don’t. Why do you use it in this way, or refrain? What would meaningful connections with other people look like? Would you like to have a page online which shares this meaning through some sort of documentation? Would you prefer to have a book or some other form of collecting remnants of your experiences? Do you prefer to hold them in your heart and mind without a collection of any sort?
What is your relationship to online social networks, and how would you like that to change?
In thinking about the yogic implications, how does the way you interact with social media impact your ability to cultivate a calm mind? Do you find yourself in a state of searching for the newest, hottest thing? Do you find yourself thinking of checking Facebook while on the mat? How does your yoga practice inform your way of interacting with social media?
Yoga Pose of the Day: Warrior I (Look up at thumbs to carefully switch between sides)
Yogic Concept of the Day: How do I interact with social media? Does it support or impact my yoga practice?