“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had been on Facebook for the last 20 years.” – what Henry David Thoreau might have said
“Get off Twitter and be the change that you wish to see in the world.” – what Mahatma Gandhi might have said
“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment. So get off Instagram and be yourself.” – what Ralph Waldo Emerson might have said
One of my goals as a meditation teacher is to be mindful and present in this moment – to be in the here and now. It’s what I teach others and how I want to live my life. I realized recently the irony of being on FB checking statuses, worrying about how many likes my business page was receiving, wondering what my friends were up to and reading the clickbait headlines that promised mindless distraction in exchange for a few hours of my life.
I felt mindless, distracted, and disconnected.
A few months ago I tried a social media fast, no FB, no Twitter, and rather than texting or skyping, I spoke with people on the phone. It felt nice to connect, I mean really nice. I heard people laugh, sigh, laugh some more, and even cry. Sometimes I would venture far to visit with friends face-to-face to have an in-person adventure together. Sometimes my friends would post our adventure on Facebook, and sometimes we just experienced our adventure together and kept it secret from the world. No pics, no status updates, just in-the moment real experiences and sweet, sweet memories.
I felt happy, loved, and connected. Relieved.
So for the next few days/weeks/months/maybe even years, I’m off of Facebook and social media. I’ll be here blogging as the spirit moves me, teaching meditation in my local community, working through my mile high pile of must-read books, having fun in the kitchen with my son, spending time in nature, doing yoga (once my cast is off), meditating, having adventures with friends and family, and come this autumn, spending 10 days in a silent Vipassana retreat. (That was kind of like a status update wasn’t it?!).
I want to be the change I wish to see in the world so that when my time arrives to die, I’m not saddened by the fact that I’d been on Facebook for the past 20 years. If you’d like to join me, I encourage you wholeheartedly. Maybe we can even make plans to have a real-life adventure together, what do you think?
Oh, and I haven’t lost the fact that this will be published on FB, Twitter, and LinkedIn. I’m working on it . . .