Mindfulness and Social Media: Not an Oxymoron!

Lately, we’ve been talking about the effective use of social media tools like Facebook and Twitter as a part of your communications plan.

If you’ve read deeper into this blog, you’ll know that one of Five Directions’ core values is mindfulness – the practice of loving awareness and attention to everything in our environment.

This may seem at odds with the usual practice of marketing and communications, and particularly social media, which often emphasizes quantity rather than quality, and speed.

But that doesn’t have to be the case. This spring, there’s a wonderful event being held in San Jose, CA (the heart of Silicon Valley) called Wisdom 2.0. Organized by Soren Gordhamer, author of the book by the same name, the summit features speakers from the world of technology, business, and spirituality. Some of the people in the spotlight include Meng Tan (of Google), Greg Pass (of Twitter), Roshi Joan Halifax (founder of Upaya Zen Center), Tami Simon (founder of Sounds True), and Tony Hsieh (CEO of Zappos).

If you’re interested in attending, the dates are April 30 and May 1. You can find out more information here. I’ll be there as a journalist and covering the event for a white paper that I’m preparing for the Fetzer Institute on the current state of contemplative practices in society. Let me know if you plan to attend – I’d be happy to meet you!

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3 responses to “Mindfulness and Social Media: Not an Oxymoron!

  1. See you there, Maia!

    Like you, I don’t see any problem with the two words ‘social media’ and ‘mindfulness’ coexisting. There is such a thing as mindfully tweeting, and blogging, and facebooking . . . And blogs, tweets, and Facebook updates can be great media to broadcast mindfulness related experiences. Of course like anything, social media has the potential of being abused and becoming addictive. That does mean it should be abandoned altogether.

  2. Looking forward to seeing you at Wisdom 2.0, Marguerite!

  3. Oops, I meant:

    “That does NOT mean it should be abandoned altogether” 🙂

    PS – currently writing post on same topic, to be published on my blog tomorrow.

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