“Contemplate that, as long as you are too focused on your self-importance and too caught up in thinking about how you are good or bad, you will experience suffering. Obsessing about getting what you want and avoiding what you don’t want does not result in happiness.”—The Lojong text
I often worry about this ever-changing digital world we now live in so obsessively at times. We check for Facebook status updates, Tweets, Instagram stories, Snaps and news feeds just browsing for something to click “like” on or to complain about.
We seem to practice escapism rather than practicing mindfulness by enjoying—living in—each moment. We seem strangely more motivated to snap the perfect photo to share online which strangers than to experience these passing moments of our lives. I think therein lies the crux of the problem.
Living in a moment is about the experience —the people, foods, plants, animals and objects around you. You share this experience and then it passes. You must experience it in order to appreciate it.
Snapping photos can quickly become somehow different. It can easily no longer be about the experience but about you.
- If we’re so focused on capturing every moment are we ever enjoying any moment?
- Are we taking and sharing photos as a way to enhance our understanding of an experience or are we really just collecting “likes,” comments and the thrill of showing off what we have?
- Have photos become a status symbol—a way to show off wealth, health and accomplishments?