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Lions Roar : July 2017
SHARE YOUR WISDOM What’s Your Facebook-to- Meditation Ratio? What’s Your Most Mindless Moment? Tell us the story of the most mindless thing you’ve ever done. Send your answer, photo, and location to email@example.com I spend about 45 minutes a day meditating and about 30 minutes on Facebook. In the past, Facebook sometimes made me feel so many mixed emotions that I lost control over these emotions. It is very strange to realize that people can share the same feelings connected only through a computer that communicates in space. —Erik Steevens, Antwerp, Belgium In the table below are my exact ratios of Facebook, meditation, and yoga, per year, and overall. I was awe- struck by the uncanny 1:1 ratio of FB to Yoga in 2015! —Stephen Synchronicity, Asheville, NC Raw Data (hrs) Ratios Year FB Meditation Yoga FB Meditation Yoga 2016 247.6166667 509.0666667 376.8 1 2.055865922 1.521706939 2015 158.4166667 366 158.4166667 1 2.310362967 1 2014 90.71666667 449.25 327.55 1 4.952232225 3.610692633 Totals 496.75 1324.316667 862.7666667 1 2.665962087 1.736822681 My FB:M ratio is 60:20. For every hour I spend on Facebook, I spend a third of an hour in meditation. In meditation, I am physically and men- tally present. On Facebook, I am only virtually and mentally present. Yet in my mind, my goals are the same for each activity. With medita- tion, I seek to arrive at an inner peace. With Facebook, I strive to help my country and countrymen to arrive at a communal peace. —Edgar Lores, Brisbane, Australia I actually left Facebook (and all social media) when I adopted my daily meditation practices. I had grown very tired of the distrac- tion, frequent negativity, and inherent lifestyle-comparisons that social media (particularly Facebook) brought to my life. It has been a wonderful transition; one that allows me to focus on real-world relationships with those closest to me. —David Ryan Taylor, Matanuska-Susitna Valley, Alaska I am meditative always, whether online and offline. The important thing to remember is that I am the whole in this world of fractions and half sto- ries. Backwards and forwards I know my story and the making of myself. To somebody else I am a fraction and fragment; my words are just a slice. But I am the whole. —Jenn Ashton, North Vancouver, B.C. Pema and the Pema Chödrön Foundation support: THE BUDDHIST MONASTIC TRADITION Pema is dedicated to help guide and support her home monastery, Gampo Abbey, in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. NUNS IN THE HIMALAYAS The Pema Chödrön Foundation’s support helps ensure that nuns in Nepal, Bhutan and India have the same equal opportunities for deep practice and study as monks have always had. THE BOOK INITIATIVE Pema’s books and recorded teachings are offered to underserved individuals and the organizations that serve them, around the world, free of charge. pemachodronfoundation.org All proceeds from the PCF bookstore support Pema’s work. Free Shipping in the USA LION’S ROAR | JULY 2017 26 CULTURE • LIFE • PRACTICE