“Yoga is the practice of tolerating the consequences of being yourself.”

I’ve been seeing this ‘quote’ from the Bhagavad Gita all over the place, but I don’t recall ever reading it in a translation of the book. Can anybody out there verify or cite it? It smells like pop-yoga paraphrasing to me.

– Rosanne Harvey, its all yoga baby

its all yoga baby

 

Like it or not, social media is here to stay. Friendships are maintained by it. Careers are built upon it. But like any good yogi, blogger Rosanne Harvey sparked up everyone’s Friday with a big wake-up call.

While i think the scriptures should be relevant to modern life, even if this means updating the language to reflect how we speak now, there’s something about an unattributed, seemingly random quote – soundbite and twitter perfect – without context or citation that makes me uncomfortable.

With the advent of lol, ttyl, omg, and 150-word updates, does depth of conversation shrink? We have lightning speed communications, but what are we really saying anymore?

 

Here are a few tips to maximize your social media for good:

1. Spend your time on Twitter following relevant hashtags: One of the things that suers new to Twitter often misunderstand is that following individuals isn’t the only — or even the best — way to access useful information in the service. For yogis, use hashtags to research into your specific field of study, whether that is #kidsyoga #yogatherapy #vinyasa #bhakti & also explore new lineages and styles!

2. Recruit your colleagues to join your social media network with you. Linked In can provide professional support and feedback. Facebook shares events, fans, and updates. Twitter moves at lightning speed with links, updates, and conversation. If you want your Twitter network to feel vibrant and alive from Day One, you should persuade some of your closest professional colleagues to join the service with you. Doing so guarantees that someone really WILL be listening when you post early questions or share early resources — and every time they respond to a message that you’ve sent, you’ll learn a little more about the social potential of Twitter.

3. Remember that you build relationships in Twitter one good deed at a time:  Building meaningful relationships with people that you’ve never met before depends on the same kinds of core behaviors that you use to build relationships in real life. Start by being responsive and offering quick answers to other people’s important questions! Spend time each day and/or week sifting through the streams of messages being shared by people that you are following and find ways to lend a hand.

Most importantly, be patient. Don’t automatically assume that the strangers you are reaching out to are going to embrace you immediately. Not only is Twitter an asynchronous service — which means you never really know when anyone is actually online — the people you are interacting with are making choices about how to best spend their time and allocate their attention, too.

 

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