Experiment in contemplative co-tweeting
This blogpost builds on and extends the ideas introduced in the Chaordic Dialogue Practice.
Both there and here, I am passionately curious of what would become possible, what we could gain access to individually and together, if we decided to work with such communication tools as SMS, chatrooms, or chat in Skype, and consensually suspended the habit of giving, receiving, and expecting immediate a response. What if we could give ourselves more time to listen and respond from a more mindful space, respecting more silence pregnant with possibilities?
Inspired by the early experiences with the Chaordic Dialogue Practice, here I add a Twitter dimension to renew and expand it. If you don?t have yet a Twitter account but want to participate, sign up here.
For detailed instructions, read on:
1. Liberated from the pressure of immediate, cognitive engagement, we can contemplate what is the most alive for us regarding the shared question.
2. When we do that contemplation at different locations simultaneously, in a relaxed yet mindful space, the virtual co-presence of each other may even inspire us to go dive deep for the gifts of intuition, inspiration, and epiphanies.
What is contemplation?
"The act of the mind in considering with attention; continued attention of the mind to a particular subject." ? http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/contemplation
It is also a practice of Personal Mastery, one of the 5 disciplines of learning organizations. When that practice matures, it is characterized by increasing connectedness, a merging of the subject and the object of the contemplation, where duality disappears.
Practitioners reach that level by cultivating an awareness of the present moment through paying attention to the felt sense evoked by a question or other object of their contemplation.
Suggested focusing question
and affect positive change in consciousness and society?
Process for contemplative co-tweeting
The experiment will be 1-hr long, comprised of the following four rounds of 15 minutes, starting on July 23, 11AM (New York time), 5 PM (Paris time).
1. Contemplate the question
Set your alarm for 15 minutes so that you can forget about time during the experiment.
Find a comfortable place away from your computer and distractions. Sit with spine erect, with eyes closed or half-closed. Relax your body, take a few deep breaths and follow them with your attention.
Ask the focusing question, without directly looking for answers. Remember, contemplation is not linear thinking. It?s more like placing the question in the ?back of our mind? and observing what comes up.
2. Tweet about what you discovered
When the first 15-minute round is over, use the next one for turning your observations into tweets. It?s like sharing with others the fine fishes caught in your stream of consciousness. Your tweets may present observations related to the focusing question and/or your experience of the process of contemplating it.
Maintain ½ of your attention on your breath, as you're writing.
Make sure to end each tweet with a #co-tw1 tag so that we can easily find them all, in the next round.
3. Read the tweets of others
This round is for practicing contemplative in-take of tweets and discovering patterns, connecting dots.
Click on the #co-tw1 tag in any of the tweets to get the whole list of them tagged by it. Try to read them without judgment or evaluation and as you're reading them, stay aware of your body and its sensations.
Note the tweets that strike a chord of resonance in you, the most strongly. Notice any relationship between them.
4. Synthesis tweet, blog follow up
The last round is for two things:
a. Write a tweet that is best expressing for you the pattern that connects the #co-tw1 tweets that you've just read. If you choose one of them that say it all, you can simply re-tweet it. In either case, make sure that your synthesis tweet is tagged with #co-tw2.
b. If you have time left, and want to say anything about what you learned from this experiment, or any aspect of your experience of it, which doesn?t fit in a tweet, please post it as a reply to this blog. The comments are moderated to protect the blog from spam, so yours won?t appear immediately but I approve legit comments rapidly.
Of course, you can also comment here on the experiment anytime, outside our shared 1-hr slot, too.
Hope to C U in the tweetstream...
If some of us will find this co-tweeting practice useful, and want to become better at it, we can continue a new round in September. Just let us know about your interest.
If we do have a next round, what focusing question would you recommend that matters to you a lot?
How would you improve the process?
When you are ready with your answers, click on the "Comment link" below.