Tweeting With The Dalai Lama

I’m pretty shy when it comes to interacting with people online.  So when it came time to venture into Twitter Land, I needed to do it in a way that would feel safe and fun.

I thought I’d tweet the Dalai Lama.

Did you know he’s on Twitter?  He tweets about love and compassion and peace.

It seemed like a good place to start.  So I went to @DalaiLama.

Oh, my gosh, a gazillion people were sending him messages.  As much as I wanted to dip my toe into the Twitter stream, it was moving too fast for newbie me.  I chickened out and didn’t start tweeting until a month later when my online friends surrounded me with so much encouragement that I finally took the plunge.

Still, I got to read great messages of kindness and love from His Holiness.

Thank you, Dalai Lama.

Maybe it’s an assistant that does the actual tweeting, but I like to think of the Dalai Lama sitting out in the sun on the temple steps, that twinkle in his eyes, his iPad on his knee, thinking ‘Hmm, I’ll just see what my Tweeps are up to,’ just before he goes inside to meditate.

So if you find Twitter intimidating, check out the messages from the Dalai Lama, and maybe even tweet him.  You may not get an answer, but it’s likely you’ll get a little peace.

How did you first approach Twitter?  Dive right in?  Sit back and scope things out first?  Surround yourself with friends?  Read a manual?  Close your eyes?  What new things have you tried lately?  A triple chocolate mocha caramel iced cappuccino?  Raspberry dark chocolate give-me-all-the-sugar-and-cream-you’ve-got ice cream?  A new-to-you author’s latest book?  A new-to-you rock band’s latest single?  Who was your first tweet?  Your second?  How do you approach new things?  What do you really, really want to do but haven’t yet?

Sharon Louise is a world-traveling hiker, a spy story and romance novel fanatic, and the author of the romantic suspense novel Spy Babe, in which MI-6 agents and U.S. Marshals fall in love while battling the bad guys.

20 thoughts on “Tweeting With The Dalai Lama”

  1. I can’t remember who or what I first tweeted about (it was about a year ago), but I know I didn’t get the whole concept and couldn’t figure out why no one responded to my lame tweet. LOL. Flash forward 14 months and after reading WANA – I get it now. Still working on it, but I get it.

    1. I’m glad you kept going after that first tweet! There’s definitely a learning curve with Twitter. 🙂

  2. I was also scared of jumping into Twitter Land. Somehow I found Kristen Lamb’s blog and the #MyWANA revolution. I took the plunge and received such a great welcome. It’s been awesome, but I confess, I haven’t ventured outside the #MyWANA circle yet. 😛

  3. I had no idea the Dalai Lama Tweeted. I’ll check him out. Goodness knows, I could use some extra peace in my life.

    Did you know we write the same subgenres? I didn’t until now. How cool is that?

    1. Very cool that we write in the same subgenres. Going to your website now to check things out!

  4. Weird. I was wondering about the Dalai Lama a couple of days ago. There’s a Buddhist group in my area I’ve gone to but they’re so far away it’s difficult to go. I was just thinking I ought to look and see what’s on line.

    If I know someone on Twitter I can tweet with them just fine. Occasionally I can tweet silly stuff but for the most part I don’t like to just be throwing stuff out there. I need it to be meaningful and for the most part I don’t think tweeting is.

    I’ll check the Dalai Lama out.

    1. Must be a mind meld or something, Angela. 🙂

      Louise Hay is on Twitter, too, at @LouiseHay and @HealYourLife. I love her daily Power Thoughts. Today’s is ‘I dwell in a world of love and acceptance.’

    1. Thanks, Amy! I’m glad he’s there. It’s nice to find peace and kindness on Twitter. 🙂

  5. I LOVE the image of the Dalai Lama sitting with an iPad on his knee!

    Funny that you wrote about Tibet – I’ve spent the last few days doing climate-related research on Tibet, so it was great to find this post!

    I’m off to tweet His Holiness. I feel better already 🙂

    1. Another mind meld!

      I think His Holiness is so awesome.

      I love that you do climate research, Danielle. What’s happening in the Himalayas?

      Happy tweeting!

  6. What a wonderful, cheerful post 🙂 Yes, Twitter is all about connections and friendships. I make new friends on Twitter practically everyday. It starts with a retweet or a comment or a simply “hello, I’m following you now and looking forward to reading your tweets.” People love to be recognized, praised and connected to. That’s why Twitter is so cool and easy to get addicted to. Happy Friday. Happy tweeting.

    1. Thanks, Steena! And thanks for stopping by. Did you find Angela’s Circle of Friends? 🙂

  7. Great post, Sharon! I had to take a deep breath and just hit send to start my tweets – I owe it all to Kristen Lamb! Then, it started coming naturally; I met people that I really loved talking to and blogs that I couldn’t live without. I’m a bout to hit 2000 followers and I can’t believe that many people are interested in what I have to say!

    1. What a great milestone, Tiffany! Congratulations! I CAN believe that many people are interested in what you have to say. 🙂 You’re fun to follow on Twitter, and a great example of how to build community.

      Loved your blog post this week on con men. Leverage and White Collar are two of my favorite shows. Con men have a lot in common with spies. 🙂

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