A Little Cyber Reality…

I was mulling over the “social networking sphere” while I was running today (random thoughts while running keep me from thinking about how much my legs ache). Although I’ve been “on” Facebook and recently joined Twitter, I still can’t wrap my mind around “Friends” and “Followers.” Facebook makes you feel popular with all those friends.  Then again Twitter gives you Rock Star like status with “Followers.”

All of this got me to thinking if the “Social Networking Scene” started during the time of Buddha and Jesus would we all log in as disciples  or would we be apostles or prophets? Would the Buddha be able to meditate or would he have to update his time line? Would the Sermon on The Mount be a Web cast or could it be downloaded from iTunes? Would we hit like on Jesus’s status “Attending a Wedding at Cana, hope they have enough wine?” Would we re-tweet Buddha’s Tweet “Life contains suffering” ?

Obviously this is all tongue  in cheek but it get’s you to thinking. Really great things happen in the real world. Miracles need to be experienced and don’t require a like or  re-tweet. While the social network has brought information it’s lost intimacy …

Just a few thoughts from the run,

Ginnie

Working on Spirituality…

This past week I decided to spend my vacation painting my kitchen. Funny when you write painting my kitchen it doesn’t seem such a chore… However what the sentence doesn’t convey are the many woman hours peeling wall paper border, cleaning up after each messy task and the actual painting of the ceiling,walls and trim.

During this journey into manual labor I found my self almost in a state of “runner’s zen.” The one minded focus of physically working allowed me to get centered. This is the type of “oneness” I get when running and with my martial art practice. I assume this is the reasoning behind doing chores in a monastery . There is a certain spiritual cleansing when the body is pushed and a task is completed. I believe the sense of  accomplishment is a mini Satori of sorts.

The Buddha said enlightenment can only be achieved through pain and suffering. So working on spirituality should involve labor…

Something to meditate on when I paint the hallway…

Ginnie