The ephemeral nature of Twitter leads me to compare the experience of meditative “letting go” of concious thought with scanning my twitstream. Indeed, as I skim through the thoughts of my friend stream, I reach a similar state of abstraction as in deep meditation–what Castaneda’s Don Juan refers to as “shutting off the inner dialogue.”
Perhaps, Twitter is training me to truly engage, to mindfully read as well as see “my original face” as the followers of Zen say. Given the pace of today’s modern world, The Zen of Twitter is a tool to manage attention and to tune it even while consuming information.
Behold the Buddhist Twitterati!
The claws that tweet,
The jaws that Jott,
Behold the tweeting bird, and shun
The frumious fail whale.