Cut the Crap: 3 Questions to Ask Before Hitting ‘Publish’ in Social Media.

Via Chelsea Roff
on Feb 16, 2012
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In response to the call from Diane Ferraro and Jessica Durivage (of Where Is My Guru) for yogis’ take on social media, this is my two cents on the topic of “incorporating mindfulness into your online communication.” In a nutshell, I suggest asking ourselves three questions before hitting publish on any social media platform:

  1. Is it truthful?
  2. Is it relevant?
  3. What’s my intention for action?
Here it is:

Also check out Julian WalkerAngela ArnettJennifer Cusano and Kate Bartolotta’s videos and Jessica’s call to action.

“Where is My Guru co-hosts Jessica Durivage and Diane Ferraro will speak as presenters of their co-authored panel presentation “Radio Free Yoga–Self-Realize x Social Enterprise,” at the SXSW Interactive Festival 2012 headquarters in Austin, TX. Their panel will explore bringing yogic philosophy into the mainstream discourse of social media, providing a platform for positive, healthy and effective communication based on the five yamas, or principles, which guide how individuals interact with the world whether in person as practiced through the ancient tradition of yoga or today through the world wide web. Joining Jessica and Diane on the panel are Waylon Lewis, founder of the decade-old print-to-online far-reaching publication, and Seane Corn, world-renowned yoga instructor and co-founder of the philanthropic organization Off the Mat, Into the World.”


About Chelsea Roff

Chelsea Roff is a nationally-recognized author and speaker, and the Founder of Yoga for Eating Disorders. In September 2013, Chelsea raised $50,000 on the crowdfunding platform IndieGoGo to kickstart her non-profit, Yoga for Eating Disorders. The program is currently being offered in treatment centers and yoga studios around the country at no charge, and she is working with researchers at UC San Diego to evaluate the program’s effectiveness in treatment. Chelsea is known for her intelligent, inspiring, and tell-it-like-it-is speaking style, and for weaving together profound personal experiences with her scientific background to deliver deeply moving insights. After nearly losing her life to anorexia and a subsequent stroke when she was 15, she has became a national advocate for community-based mental health interventions. Her work was recently showcased by Sanjay Gupta on CNN, and she’s been keynote speaker at 92nd Street Y, The Omega Institute, and at various universities and conferences around the country. Chelsea currently lives in Venice, California, where she can be found cartwheeling across the beach, hiking in the mountains, and practicing yoga poses on her little pink scooter.


6 Responses to “Cut the Crap: 3 Questions to Ask Before Hitting ‘Publish’ in Social Media.”

  1. Love this Chelsea! Reminds me of the 3 gates: Is it necessary? Is it kind? Is it true? The "is it relevant?" is huge too.

  2. Tanya Lee Markul says:

    Master? Are you awake? Are you really awake?

    Thanks Chelsea!

    Just posted to "Featured Today" on the Elephant Yoga homepage.

    Posting to Elephant Yoga on Facebook and Twitter.

    Tanya Lee Markul, Yoga Editor
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  3. Chelsea says:

    Thank you so much, Tanya. Really appreciate your support.

  4. Chelsea says:

    Definitely, Kate. I've heard people talk about those questions before, so that may have subconsciously inspired my line of thought. Loved your video too!

  5. IfeTogun says:

    Hey, Chels,

    I have no problem with the first two points. The third one, however, I’m a little less inclined to endorse. Must everything we write translate into action? Surely there are times when we are “allowed” to send some "junk" out into the universe? And by junk, I mean anything created simply for the joy of creation, and not for some grander purpose.

    It would be like saying only dance when your dance can inspire world change or something. Sure, dancing can be meaningful, but sometimes you just wanna kick your legs about at awkwardly, meaningless angles with no concern for what it means or how it looks. I'd even argue that this kind of dancing (and writing) is the “real” stuff. Don't you think?

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