If you have been living under a rock in the last few months, you might not have heard about the yoga scandals, Kony 2012 or the resulting bombardment of events, marketing, and other idiocies that have been pushed on the receiving masses via social media. No, I don’t believe this is all bad, or for that matter, that it might not be good. It just is.
Consider the recent mega-viral debate from both sides on the truth behind Kony 2012. It is the outcome of a social experiment gone after-school TV special. Millions of people want to help. It is human nature. Millions of people want a simple answer and however truthful or not, the Kony campaign has provided this simple opportunity. If we decide to donate time, support, funds or faith, this is the prerogative of the people. If there ever was a doubt, there most certainly is not now: Social media is the most powerful force in technology. And this power is shifting how people proactively participate in the progress of the issues and ideas of today. But before we become social media zombies, and within its context, let us remember:
“Right and truth are greater than any power, and all power is limited by right.” Benjamin Whichcote
So who is to decide what is right? YOU.
What was once a mantra for the counterculture in the 1960s is perhaps the most positive outcome of social media: power to the people. Sounds like yoga to me.
To me above all else yoga brings back the awareness and focus of the our powerful connection to purpose. It is on the mat that we often find:
”The power in which we must have faith if we would be well, is the creative and curative power which exists in every living thing.” John Kellogg
What we might learn from the practice of yoga is the power of grace, humility, a huge reality check, and ultimately the power of understanding. But only if you engage. If you can get on Facebook, get on this. Seek out a practice and dig for the inspiration to pursue purpose. That’s powerful.
So what is the purpose? I don’t know.
Tell me, what is your purpose and how do you empower it?
Put that on your Facebooktwitterblogemailyoutube and like it/share it/comment till your forearms tingle.
Get real, get noticed and remember…