I am what I am…Where is my guru and social media video response!

Via Aminda R. Courtwright
on Feb 17, 2012
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Thanks to  Angela Arnett , Jennifer Cusano, Julian Walker  and Kate Bartolotta’s and their brief videos about the double edged sword called social media it was great to hear their view points and I just adored the “realness”of everyone’s videos…makes me feel closer to everyone.

Once I got started I realized I had a lot more to say about the topic,  as I mused about social media and mindfulness the lines were blurred for me and in the end social media is just a tool. Like any other tool how you wield it is what matters.  That I’m as real online as offline. That I agree with Kate’s assertion that we need to remember there are real people online, with Julian’s thoughts that avoiding real issues isn’t really communicating either.    But, I also believe that it isn’t about “yogic” communication — it’s about human communication.

Do we need an yama to tell us to be nice?  Perhaps as much as we, as humans, need the 10 commandments or the beatitudes or five precepts.  But in the end it has nothing to do with any one philosophy or some magic set of ethics.  It’s people, being people and no matter what guidelines we employ mindfulness is simply the ability to think before we speak, breathe before we react, pause before we hit send.

Can yoga help us be better at that pause? I believe it can.

Is it incumbent on us to better employ mindfulness? It sure would help us in the press these days.

Do only yogis practice it? No and you don’t need to practice yoga to employ it.

Personally I would take it out of the yoga vernacular and just slap it back into the mainstream —” Human Communication”, that is kind and real and thoughtful has no socio-economic, philosophical, religious boundaries.

Be real. Be true. Be thoughtful.



About Aminda R. Courtwright

Aminda is a wellness facilitator and founder of ARCreated Wellness, LLC. A yoga teacher, transpersonal hypnotherapist, and Reiki Master, she shares her own healing journey with others in hopes of inspiring and uplifting those she meets. Her yoga classes are gentle and workshop style to invoke a real sense of learning and designed to be truly accessible for all levels. Her biggest hope is to help others take their yoga practice off the mat and into everyday life where it is truly meant to be experienced. (and can be most useful) Refusing to settle into the middle path just yet she prefers to dally on both edges and can be seen swinging right and leaning left. A devoted animal lover and activist and a humanist she is prone to rants and believes strongly that life is to be savored and that “we are all in this together, shouldn’t we enjoy it that way? “ When she isn’t teaching yoga, hypnotizing people, adoring her husband or doting on her grandson she is out riding her motorcycle—promoting the image that yogis are rebels and are a force to be reckoned with! You can also find her on Facebook. To join her for free classes online follow her here.


4 Responses to “I am what I am…Where is my guru and social media video response!”

  1. karlsaliter says:

    Well done, Aminda!

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  3. What happens on social media is a reflection of our very own natures, and how they all mingle! DEFINITELY! It is neutral grounds and becomes what we make of it. If only more people would take those long, deep, consciousness-cleansing breaths you speak of in between posts or comments, we might then have less online bickering.

    Thank you for this wise, experienced, sensitive, and intelligent perspective Aminda. Also, I could relate to the way you talked about the internet as a community that is a tangible reality where we interact with real people and personalities. I live in a rural area, far from many people, and for that reason online exchanges are very valuable to me. It takes care of many of my needs for socialization. Thank you for sharing this! Namaste. :-))

  4. much love 🙂 thanks!