True Confession

by Barrie Risman

True confession: A few weeks ago, I was in Headstand thinking about the subject of my next blog post. As I slowly came out of the pose I felt a slight sensation on the side of my face close to my ear. It was nothing dramatic, but different. I wasn’t sure what had happened. I rested in child’s pose for a few moments. As the strange sensation subsided (it turned out to be nothing injurious, and I think even a beneficial adjustment for my jaw), again my thoughts turned to my next blog post:

“I hope I didn’t tweak my jaw. Maybe I can write about it in my next blog post. It could go something like this…”

It was an interesting experience to be chronicling my experience as I was living it. And, it was even more surreal to be aware that all this was going on simultaneously. Ah, the mind in the age of social media!

There are so many examples of this I could give. I’m sure you could too. At my daughter’s play last week, I looked around and saw that at least half the audience was watching the performance through their phones or video cameras as they were recording. I could relate.

Are we actually living life? Or are we posting, blogging, and recording the moment as it happens?

It seems like the temptation to capture and report on moments and experiences as they unfold  will only get stronger.

More and more, I am convinced we NEED yoga. If for nothing else, then to bring us to living a moment, and really BEING there as it happens.


  1. Lia Grant says:

    As someone studying to become a classroom teacher, I am of the generation that will be teaching in a technology filled classroom (whether I like it or not). It is things such as yoga that I would like to one day bring in some way to my students to make sure that they also balance their lives, and have times where they do disconnect from these technologies and be in the moment as themselves. I definitely think you strike a good point, Barrie!

  2. Guy Parent says:

    Tellement vrai ! Cet été en voyage à Paris j’ai été frappé de voir tous ces touristes autour de la Tour Eiffel ou du Louvre les yeux rivés non pas sur les chefs d’œuvre qui les entouraient mais sur leurs tablettes électroniques pointées vers les chefs d’œuvre en question ! Au lieu de regarder une œuvre (ou la vie) on regarde son image sur le Samsung ou le iPad. Comme si le monde vu par un appareil électronique était plus vrai que l’interprétation que l’on peut en faire soi-même.

  3. oscar grossman says:

    Your moment of having an experience and being aware of wanting to share it is one that I think is universal and about the desire to connect. Your point that this desire is now one that has been blended into social media and that technology allows us to easily be in touch with so many is a point that I often struggle with. My struggle is similar to yours – are we living in the moment and able to quietly be with ourselves and do so in peace or are we manically having to share everything with everyone? I’m not sure there’s an answer that is universal but I do know that we now have a tool that can easily take us away from ourselves and that can leave us with the illusion of not being alone. I think the ability to be alone and be ok is a complex state that many people have not been able to achieve. Like many other escapes, the internet can leave us with an illusion of intimacy, but I do also think that it’s been a helpful tool for many to try to genuinely connect and relieve their anxieties.
    As you can see I’m torn. I love technology and all the ways it can serve us, and at the same time see all the ways it can be the obstacle to real intimacy with others and ourselves.

  4. Jodi Biglow says:

    I totally agree with you. We are becoming somehow less and less able to live in the now somehow

  5. Love it Barrie! You are so right! I can’t put an end to the times when I am thinking about how to report experiences via social media, my blog, newsletter, camera, etc. I don’t know if it will stop, a part of me loves the moments of intense inspiration that flows after an experience yet wonders what would happen if I shut all of that off!

    Thanks for sharing 🙂

  6. Scary! And true. Great observations. We observe and report our lives through lenses. Like our very own reality TV shows.

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