With the increase of technological advances in society, it seems like our lives are being connected more and more virtually. This can be both a good and bad thing. The bad part is that it seems like everyone’s noses are glued to some kind of device but the good part is that people can connect globally with other people they would probably never get the chance to meet otherwise.
I had the chance to attend the Wisdom 2.0 Conference in February at the San Francisco Concourse Exhibition Center. It was a two and a half day conference with several talks that surrounded conscious corporations, mindfulness in technology, social change in the digital age, and how wisdom comes to play in our lives.
There were keynote speakers, panel discussions, hosted conversations, breakout sessions, meditative exercises, and even yoga! The entire conference was very calming and I felt like it was a safe place to just BE. No judgments, no pressure, no expectations. It was such an open and welcoming place of learning. Although there was a schedule to keep, the founder of the event, Soren Gordhamer, was all about what we take away from this experience. The first night I remember him saying, “You will meet whom you are supposed to meet and you will learn what you are supposed to learn.”
And I did exactly that. I met some awesome people who are doing amazing things to help make the world a better place, to help people be better people, and to just help in a world where many people can’t always help themselves.
I learned a lot about how to utilize technology when venturing for social good but how to stay mindful and compassionate while doing so. Several companies such as Google, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Ford incorporate mindfulness training in their business practices in order to keep a balance between workplace productivity and employee satisfaction. (sounds similar to GoVoluntr’s CSR [corporate social responsibility] and employee volunteer program for our businesses!)
My overall take away from the conference though was how to be present physically, mentally, and emotionally. Being present is more than just showing up somewhere physically. It’s about showing up and being aware. Being open to sharing yourself to others, but more importantly, being open to receiving others.
So my answer to “How can we live with greater presence, meaning, and mindfulness in the technology age?”
Know yourself so you can get to know others. Know the gifts you have to share with the world. Know when to open yourself up. Know when to connect, know when to disconnect. And above all, find your center and balance. Even too much of a good thing is too much.
Click here to see my performance at the Wisdom 2.0 Conference’s Open Mic Night. I wrote this piece 7 years ago which was the last time I really truly felt open to sharing my writing and myself. I’m sharing myself with you all. And my challenge today is not only for you to share yourself with at least one person, but for you to at least receive one person.
May you be happy and well,
Caroline Abellar – VID 812