As you know, I’ve been teaching and delivering messages from Brene Brown’s “Braving the Wilderness.” Her emphasis is on “belonging” so completely to ourselves in Spirit that we move through the world with a sense of spiritual confidence and a wide-open heart. I’d like to address how we do that whenever it comes to our social interactions, especially social media, during these next couple of months.
Most of the exchanges I have seen are cordial or funny, but there have been some undercurrents and second-hand stories about political arguments and possible insensitivities between members of our church. Passions are running high right now, as your know, and the pandemic has given some folks too much time and too few emotional outlets. Social media has the tendency to become toxic. This diminishes the purpose of our spiritual community.
Please understand that this is not a “scold” or an attempt to monitor/censor anyone’s expression on Facebook, Twitter, etc. These platforms have their own guidelines and everyone is free to have and express an opinion. But nobody is going to change anyone else’s mind at this point. We tend to find the echo chamber that most reflects and reinforces our own beliefs. This isn’t always healthy and, if unsubstantiated, veers into the territory of gossip or meanness. The point is: Our spiritual identity doesn’t disappear or take a back seat whenever we open our favorite social platform. At what point does our personal opinion bleed into our public persona and responsibility? How will our words reflect our truest nature?
So I offer these simple guidelines for your consideration as we continue to navigate the uncharted waters in which we are floating:
- Check your sources for accurate information before posting or reposting.
- Offer, encourage, and engage in civil and constructive discourse to better understand opposing points of view.
- Always take the high road. Plenty of people are on the low road already.
- Practice kindness!
Much love and many blessings, my friends. I miss you.