Month: April 2010

Filtered lifestreams taste better.

lifestreamed food

Lifestreaming is very useful for personal empowerment and self-evaluation. But creating a lifestream that other people want to read is an entirely different story. After publicly tracking, in detail, many facets of my life for the past two years, I've come to realize that it can be exceedingly boring to watch.

My lifestream has helped me design a life I love living. But I want to help other people use lifestreaming to enhance their own lives. So I removed all the banal updates about myself from the main feed, leaving only posts that explore life design, learning and lifestreaming.

This site is about using lifestreaming to learn about yourself and the world, so that you can design the life you want.

The category "lifestreaming for utopians" may include posts about lifestream workflow, things to try posting, and above all, realtime examples of why sharing our lives online is a positive and powerful way to improve daily life. The goal of sharing our experiences with the world is to increase understanding between us. In a lifestream utopia, constructive and destructive forces still exist, but we replace privacy with empathy and shared understanding.

My podcast Learning with Lifestreaming will be about using lifestreaming to learn life to the fullest. I argue that lifestreaming can replace institutional education. It used to be that one needed a college degree to live the "good life." But with endless knowledge on the Internet at our fingertips, a new paradigm is unfolding.

I am still exploring types of premium subscription content in my lifestream. I don't want to lock up important knowledge, but I also need to make a living. I welcome any suggestions in that area :] For now I will be investigating tarot card readings for subscribers, creating lifestream worksheets, posting source files and unedited podcast videos.

lifestreaming in class

About my work with lifestreaming

lifestreaming in class

With the vast amount of updates I publish to my lifestream, it's easy to get lost in the details. To clarify my research path as a Design MFA candidate at the University of Texas, I want to explain what it is I study and how it is relevant to learning.

Lifestreaming is the act of documenting and sharing your life online. A lifestream website collects all of the things you publish (e. g., photos, tweets, videos, or blog posts) and displays them in reverse-chronological order.

My research tests lifestreaming as a life design methodology. By publicly documenting my life at jessicamullen.com, can I become more accountable for my decisions, strengthen my reputation, break bad habits and live my passions?

As a learning tool, lifestreaming may help students become more active, self-directed learners. Students who used lifestreaming in a course at the University of Edinburgh reported increased motivation for exploration and sharing. Lifestreaming one's learning process can encourage participation, preserve a record of engagement, and build a portfolio of knowledge.

After graduation in May, I will continue my investigation into learning with lifestreaming as a both an educator and lifelong student.

Meditation for lifestreamers

I've been meditating on and off since I was 16, and I believe this book is where I started. Meditation has always served me well, by calming and focusing my mind while subtly helping me achieve my goals. Recently, Kelly and I have been meditating together on Saturdays before our long runs. Documenting it in my lifestream has helped me find new motivation to continue my practice, so I wanted to share how we do it.

Pre-show: set the mood so you can concentrate without distractions. For music, I play Meditation Six: The Shaman's Drum (With Randy Crafton), and I light a scented candle for us to gaze at. I find it important to leave my eyes open, so I stay connected with this world and don't fall asleep. I set up my iPhone camera timer to take photos of us (sound effects off!), so I can document the setting and time. The actual meditation is slow breathing combined with visualization of energy moving through my body.

  1. Sit cross-legged. Place your hands palms up on your knees. Take several slow, deep breaths.
  2. Count to 10 as you inhale and picture the energy of the universe coming in through your crown chakra. Breathe out and count to 10 while picturing the energy wrapping around your crown chakra.
  3. Inhale again while counting to 10, this time bringing the energy into your third eye chakra. Breathe out with a count of 10 and picture the energy swirling around your third eye, activating it.
  4. Next, breathe in for 10 and pull the energy into your throat chakra, then breathe out for 10 counts, gathering the energy in your throat.
    Repeat this for the rest of the chakras: your heart, solar plexus, navel and spine.
  5. Continue your deep breathing while clearing your head of thought. Hold the energy of the universe inside your body, allowing it to recharge your personal power stores. Continue as long as you need. 10-15 minutes is a good starting point.
  6. When you're ready, place your hands on the ground and "ground" the energy you've taken in–release it back into the earth and give thanks.

Do you have a meditation practice? Do you document it? I would love to hear about any resources or experiences you have had! We are thinking about joining a meditation Meetup group in Austin soon, any recommendations?