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tresha thorsen

Wow. Beth. Thank you. I didn't know of this conference, saw a few tweets in your stream, came on over here. Mindfulness is everything. Our most connected relationship though the one most ignored and not really taught how to facilitate is the one with ourself. I'm not techno goddess (yet) :) but it's what motivated me to create my blog thoughtbythought...to help talk up what i do know: how to create that relationship with yourself..so we can know our why on every level and not do anything 'just cuz' we think we're supposed to. I attended an event last week with 150+ women at least 80% only email users (the talk was on how to use twitter by @leslie--leslie poston) with many being apologetic they dont know how yet...and that pointed to the other side of overload...feeling guilty for not knowing stuff....

At any point, all of us have to check in with ourselves, know the why we do anything and be sure we find that rhythm that allows us to fulfil in all the arenas that matter most to us. The same women apologizing for not yet being on twitter have raised beautiful families and created community organizations. They've essentially done twitter "live" their whole lives.
Thank you for these notes..and for all you constantly do to educate all of us. I hope to see this topic continue to grow and become included as a session focus at every main conference. If we're not practicing self care and nurturing our thoughts, how are we able to continue giving in the arenas we feel most needed?

:) Thanks for all you do.

alison leigh siegel, mft

Beautifully written, spoken and much needed info for all of us. Thank you and it was great to meet you! Alison Leigh, Sit.breathe.calm/planet mindful

Levinson Axelrod

Thanks a lot for sharing this information. It's great learning about social media and the way it has integrated into businesses and personal lives. Well written article and extremely useful.

Britt Bravo

Thanks for sharing your reflections, Beth!

The comments by Gopi Kallayil about sleeping, meditating and exercising really resonate with me. It's sorta like the Move, Play, Connect, Reflect post I wrote awhile ago: http://havefundogood.blogspot.com/2010/02/daily-have-fun-do-good-practice-move.html

As many of the people you wrote about mentioned, when we make technology a priority over face-to-face connections with others, quiet time with ourselves, and time out in nature, we feel out of balance.

Beth

Thanks for the pointer to your post!  So true.  The conference was inspiring and great reminder about making time and space for mindfulness.   It sounds like you're much better about that than me!

Paul Zelizer

Thanks for this great summary Beth. I was there and think you've collected the most valuable information in a concise way. Of course, the live version was a bit more powerful. :~)

Linda Wood

I just attended a mindfulness training at my daughter's public school, and it ws wonderful to see the connection to social media today. Thanks for the post.

Barb Chamberlain

This is great. I've also been thinking about this question of mindfulness as a way of managing too many chances to be distracted (blogged about it recently: http://biketoworkbarb.blogspot.com/2010/04/social-media-drinking-from-firehose.html).

I've recently started testing Foursquare as a possible tool for developing a campus tour. That has meant using it to understand the user experience: checking in, realizing that just checking in makes for a boring tweet, learning to add a comment that makes it into a "real" tweet, looking at tips from people on venues.

I then realized that thanks to Foursquare I was tweeting at times I otherwise would not have, spewing the kind of brain droppings that are reason to unfollow me.

What's a tad scary is how quickly--less than a week--it became automatic to check in as soon as I arrived somewhere.

That may have something to do with me just getting into it as I was traveling to DC and back so I had more interesting stops than usual in some of my days. I don't even care that I'm mayor of 4 places or have unlocked a bunch of badges--that doesn't give me a buzz--but I'm checking in all over the place. (In fact, I learned that if you check in too quickly at too many stops because you're walking around your campus creating venues for a tour, Foursquare stops awarding points.)

The reminder that we do have the power to ignore email or any of the rest of this is important. I blame email for what I think of as induced adult-onset ADD: If I pause while writing something I save the work and often as not pop over to email instead of giving myself that space in which to actually think. I'm then pulled off into that to-do list I didn't create (great way to think of it) instead of going back to the task I was working on.

There's something a little Pavlovian about it all that is very far from mindfulness. We all need these reminders to stop and breathe before clicking.

@BarbChamberlain

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He did this by teaching himself to be selfish and not respond. He also talked about changing his brain chemistry. "Every time we see new email in our box, it produces a positive feeling.

Mazarine

Dear Beth,

Thanks for writing about this! I wrote a whole post today, http://www.wildwomanfundraising.com/shut-facebook-3-tips-digital-detox/
3 tips for digital detox, and then I came and found this resource!

Appreciate you taking the time to blog about this conference.

Mazarine
http://wildwomanfundraising.com

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