Last weekend I had the privilege of attending a conference called Wisdom 2.0. I’d heard great things about it over the years, and was particularly interested because I wanted to apply concepts like “mindfulness” and “presence” to the work we do here at Pathfinders. I wasn’t disappointed: many of my long-term heroes were there, and I soaked up their teachings and their suggestions for bringing these practices into our work, and for sharing them with clients.
But there was a blessing I didn’t expect: seeing young entrepreneurs, those evangelists of new technologies, “coming out of the closet” to proclaim their deep appreciation for the ancient teachings of mindfulness practice, for meditation, and its relevance to their work. What a joy to see the engineers from Facebook and Google practicing sitting mediations and yoga along side of us long-time veterans; what fun to hear them talk about ways of incorporating these practices into their work schedules, and building them into the corporate culture.
It’s a pleasure to see the convergence of two disparate worlds coming together to create something synergistic: a blend of the old, and the new; a future that embraces innovation while respecting the wisdom of the past. What a pleasure to see young entrepreneurs creating tools to help those who are aging, to observe them listening to their elders and creating new ways to ease the challenges that sometimes accompany advancing years. And what a unique experience: sitting amongst an audience of thousands who were eager to put down their smart phones in order to join hands, close their eyes, and enjoy a moment of silence together.
To all of those people who lament the past, and who complain about the focus of youth on technology: take a look at some of the speeches . I’d say the future is in some very good hands!