Maybe it's prematurely optimistic to assume that our world is turning toward a saner, kinder, wiser way of being, but events like the Wisdom 2.0 conference, being held annually in San Francisco, certainly give us hope.
There’s something enormously powerful about a gathering of people coming together with genuine intentions to explore more meaningful ways of living.
The organisers of this conference claim as one of the great challenges of our time to not only live connected to one another through technology, but to do so in ways that are beneficial to our own well-being, effective in our work, and useful to the world.
The aim is to explore ways to live with greater wisdom, purpose and meaning, while using technology in ways that create a more open and healthy culture.
To turn away from constant consumption, busyness and stimulation and start to explore the enormous internal resources that each of us possess, largely almost untapped, can only be of great individual and global benefit. And not a moment too soon.
It often feels like we’re crying out for another way of being. Indeed, this entire planet feels like it’s teetering on a precipice, in which we could choose to follow a well worn path towards degradation and destruction. Or turn towards a more saner way of ordering the world - one in which we prioritise things like creating a life of service, nurturing wholesome relationships, genuine stewardship of our natural environment for future generations, and a willingness to open ourselves to what it means to be fully human with compassion and kindness.
And it’s not just restricted to the United States. Here in Australia, there are starting to be some genuine conversations that call into question much of what we’ve previously taken for granted. The Conscious Club, initially started in Sydney, but now holding events in Melbourne and Canberra, aims to provide people with the opportunity to socialise with like minded people, outside of your typical boozy pub culture.
There’s nothing new about people seeking alternative ways of being and relating, but the numbers of people seeking these experiences, and the ability of social media to globalise these movements within short spaces of time, provides hope for the potential for a shift in the way we choose to live our lives.
Have you noticed any shifts within yourself, or those around you, turning towards a more wholesome way of living..?