These days there’s a lot of discussion about the merit – and value – of social media sites like Facebook. Up to and including the privacy issues and the commodification of consciousness, we should step back for a moment and think about how we are using these platforms. Tricycle recently suggested ways in which we can change social media spaces from the inside out by challenging the attention economy with an inward mindful revolution, and elsewhere on WIRED, Robert Wright suggested that we should be looking to mindfulness, not pure, instrumental reason to address the enroaching tribalism we see spilling out everywhere, online and offline.
Wright aptly points out that mindfulness, no matter how incremental and provincial, is the first step towards enlightenment — and not the Western definition, per se, but also the Eastern. Toward Buddha mind. And what is Buddha mind? How do we take an approach our social media fragmentation that moves us closer to One Mind, towards wholeness rather than hyper-fragmentation? Larry Dossey writes about this in ONE MIND:
“The power of the One Mind resides in the fact that it does not need to be created. The collective One Mind does not need to be tweeted or Facebooked into being. It already is—an overarching dimension of consciousness of which we are already a part. We have simply forgotten our belongingness, trading our oneness for the illusion of isolated individuality, that insidious, erroneous belief that personhood is all we are. Once we cease believing that we are a coin with only one side, we shall wonder how we could have deceived ourselves so thoroughly for so long.”
We can turn our attention economy into a moment of contemplation towards the innate wholeness of being, and of our beings — all beings — in an attempt to curb the rising tide of tribalism and mutual antagonisms. We need to remember One Mind now more than ever. And in whatever little way we do this, we should remember: we affect the whole.