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July 1, 2012

“Rumi is Social Media Crack Cocaine.” ~ Waylon Lewis

Here’s something a very handsome charming (and modest) author wrote up about how every uberhipsterspiritualist quotes Rumi non-stop:

“I’ll meet you in the field lalalalal”

…his quotes are everywhere and yet no one knows anything about him. He was a Sufi! He was cool. Let’s learn more!

A call for renewed “Slow” Social Media consumption & sharing.

“The wound is the place where the Light enters you.”
~ Rumi

Oh yeah? I agree. Probably.

But a little feel good quote ain’t spirituality, or even real joy. Leave me alone with your trite share-happy aphorisms, oh Facebookers, Pinteresters, and other too-speedy-to-be-present friends. ~ ed.

 

“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing
and rightdoing there is a field.
I’ll meet you there.”

~ Rumi

I gave a little seminar or workshop on Social Media for the Greater Good, yesterday, at the Unreasonable Institute, where I’m honored to serve as a mentor.

“If you are irritated by every rub, how will your mirror be polished?”
~ Rumi

 

I used Austin’s Black Swan Yoga’s Facebook Page as a prime example of how a small business can go big, gathering community, online, for free.

“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”
~ Rumi

 

 

And I said “Rumi is social media crack cocaine,” at one point. It’s true: all of human history, learning, and civilization, and we’ve become Pinterested only in pretty photos and quotes. Put one of those up, and speedy Americans will share, like, and move on. And your brand will grow.

 

“The minute I heard my first love story,
I started looking for you, not knowing
how blind that was.
Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere.
They’re in each other all along.”
~ Rumi

Of course, we all need to go deeper. And that’s what yoga classes (in Black Swan’s case) are for. So hopefully all that sharing, liking, and speediness will relax into good ol’fashioned 3D reality: you know…sunlight, fresh air, doing things, with people, making those memories that blow up the balloon that is a life, well-lived.

“The wound is the place where the Light enters you.”
~ Rumi

We all love Rumi. But we could love his eloquent, mind-stopping, heart-pounding wisdom more fully.

So let this be a call (to me, to you, to her, to him) for renewed appreciation of Rumi, Hafiz, Dr. Seuss, and other much-overused victims of our quest for more fans.

Let this be a call for “Slow Social Media” consumption and sharing.

Is this call futile? Will it fall on mostly-closed ears and too-speedy minds? Probably.

But that’s no reason not to sound the horn. ~ Waylon Lewis

 

Let’s learn about Rumi, together!

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