I have just read this very candid post from someone who left facebook for more meditation – and is much happier! This resonates so much with my own experience that I decided to share,

As well as close friends and family I hooked up with old school friends, work colleagues, gym buddies. My virtual world was growing larger and larger but I felt my real life was becoming increasingly insular. The more I connected to people online the more disconnected I felt from reality, from myself. I found myself reaching for my phone as soon as I woke up and Facebook was always the last thing I looked at in bed at night, it took me ages to get to sleep, my mind would be full of status updates.

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A new political consciousness

Interesting editorial at Positive News:

When Russell Brand challenged the status quo on Newsnight, he was picking up on a shifting sense of what is possible, and recent successes in international diplomacy are among the signs that he may be right

The controversial video:

“I don’t get my authority from this pre-existing paradigm, which is quite narrow and only serves a few people. I look elsewhere for alternatives that might be of service to humanity.”

And more on the ideas:

There is Beauty in Not Knowing

If you can, spare five minutes to watch this video.

The simple beauty of a flower captivates artist and scientist alike. Where our world exists without answers, without definitions, we seek answers and definitions. Sometimes we find them but when we don’t, what does that mean? What does it say about us? What does it say about our existence? This short video explores the world through the eyes of Richard Feynman: emotional, visually beautiful, intellectually evocative.

Source: KarmaTube

The Wisdom 2.0 Conference: live and free

“The digital world can do so much good. I just hope people in the technology world can feel on a mission here to ask the deep moral questions. Because if you don’t ask these questions, they get decided for you”.

Marianne Williamson, spiritual teacher, on the opening panel of The Wisdom 2.0 conference, quoted by Jay Michaelson for Tricycle.

How can we live with greater presence, meaning, and mindfulness in the technology age is the question asked at the fourth annual Wisdom 2.0 conference, happening in San Francisco on February 21-24 and addressing the intersections of spirituality, mindfulness, and technology. Watch live now.

Strenthening Our Inner Firewalls

In a world of what William Gibson described as “deliriously multiple viewpoints, shot through with misinformation, disinformation, conspiracy theories and a quotidian degree of madness,”[i] we need to cultivate the power of discernment – conscious attention and conscious inattention. In a hyper-stimulated media world, silence clears the “memory buffers.” Mind clarification must precede mind expansion. Our gullible consciousness responds to any software we put into it.

These moments of silence are the “inner firewalls” against the waves of cultural spam that threaten to inundate us. From this place of deep quiet we can begin to perceive the whole web of illusion, beyond appearances and habitual concepts, to the true state of non-duality which modulates all reality. As media scholar Marshall McLuhan told us 60-years-ago, pay attention to the underlying medium, not the message.

By Steven Vedro author of Digital Dharma. See the full post at Digital Dharma: Metaphors of Consciousness in the Infosphere blog.