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Lions Roar : July 2017
exercise mindfulness in the way we relate to each other. How can we be more mindful on social media? One of Buddha’s central teachings is that we need to pay attention. The word “buddha” itself means to be awake. So we need to pay attention to what we’re doing online in the same way that we pay attention to what we’re doing in the physical world. On Facebook, we’re exposed to ideas from many different sources and many different sides. We need to be aware of what we’re hearing and who we’re hear- ing it from, and form our own opinions. That means keeping an open—and at the same time critical—mind to other viewpoints. The same rules apply as when some- one tells you something in the office or on a street corner: don’t believe every- thing that people tell you, but don’t shut them out without giving them a fair hearing. What can we do to look beyond our biases and filters and invite challenging ideas? The great power of social media is that we can create our own News Feeds based on who we choose to connect with and what sources we choose to follow. It’s really up to you what you want to see. That allows for a tremendous diversity of ideas to circulate and it also comes with a responsibility: to be conscious and deliberate in how you create your social networks. I have friends who are at many differ- ent points across the political spectrum, who practice different religions, and who are from different countries. So I get the opportunity to hear different views and I try to remain open to them. I try to remain friends with people who are con- stantly saying things I disagree with. I would encourage people not to unfriend or unfollow people just because you disagree with them. Stay connected and keep a dialogue going. Click on links that people share. Go beyond the head- lines to see what is being discussed, and come to your own conclusions. We all have certain beliefs that are very important to us, and maybe even feel like part of our identity. It is comforting to be told that those beliefs are right and good, and it’s discomforting to have those beliefs challenged. It’s very natural. We all feel that. We just need to be aware of it. We need to notice it when it arises and be conscious of how we react. The Buddhist sangha, the Sanskrit word for community, can be considered a sort of social network. Right. People have always formed com- munities, and they’ve always formed communities through meditation prac- tice. Social networks are new ways of forming those communities that don’t LION’S ROAR | JULY 2017 16 CULTURE • LIFE • PRACTICE