When I was a young disciple, I remember Osho saying that he always gossiped for an hour a day with Laxmi, and that it was valuable in all sorts of ways. I liked that, as I had often been called a gossip!
Also I thought this is great, a spiritual teacher sort of embracing something which all the religious types would decry, an activity such as gossip. Later he even described his lectures simply as gossips, I also found that refreshing.
What we do on SN at its best is that hour a day of simply enjoying in a similar way. But sometimes it turns colour. I like what Osho says about gossip below, we should emulate it.
“I am not against talking, but your talking should not be empty. I am not even against gossiping. I myself gossip so much. But let your gossiping also be creative, not destructive. Let your gossiping also have a quality of poetry and creativity in it. Gossip about god. What are gospels? Gossips about god. Gossip about truth, gossip about beauty, gossip about grace, grandeur. Gossip about this wonder that surrounds you. Gossip about the unknown.
What do you do with your gossiping? You are very destructive. People gossip only as a means to destroy others, to hurt others. Don’t be aggressive; then nothing is wrong in gossiping.” ¹