When I opened my studio (http://www.sanctuarypoweryoga.com/), I heard alot of "you've got to get on facebook. You've got to start a blog". I had never been a fan of FB & rarely read blogs. But I'm all about getting the word out about heated power yoga in Northwest CT, so I jumped in.
The first time I hit the "publish" button for this blog - it was scary. Suddenly, what I thought, felt, believed was out there for EVERYONE to read.
Blogging & Facebook are still amazing to me. I do check FB almost everyday to see what's going on & how I might be able to promote the wonderful things going on at my studio. And I see how you could get "sucked in" & waste your day away. I'm amazed at the details that people share about the themselves & the things that get written, posted & shared.
It seems that as we become more separate from one another, more & more we seek out this artificial connection. Our friends on FB are strangers. We read & judge intimate details of strangers' lives. And more amazing than what is written on FB & in blogs are the comments posted about them.
People judge, criticize & ridicule. Others applaud & encourage. They become involved & entangled in strangers' lives online (kind of like reality television!). And while they sometimes know the blogger or the FB friend personally, other times the blogger or friend is, again, a complete stranger.
Yoga is about connection. With your breath, your body, your heart & spirit. Yoga is about community. Connecting, in real time, face to face, in person, with others. Yoga is about acceptance - of yourself, just the way you are. And of others.
Blogging & FB are great marketing tools. They're great ways to spread information & ideas quickly. But they are no substitute for real life connections, with real life people that you know, or could get to know. Instead of investing your time & energy in someone else's life online - invest in yourself. Turn off your computer & get into a yoga studio. Make a connection & maybe a real friend.
You can now find my blog at the Register Citizen: http:http://www.registercitizen.com/blogs/life/