We’ve just posted the latest episode of the Technology for Mindfulness Podcast, where Dr. Judson Brewer, Director of Research at the Center for Mindfulness, joins host Robert Plotkin for a discussion about Dr. Brewer’s recent book, The Craving Mind: From Cigarettes to Smartphones to Love – Why We Get Hooked and How We Can Break Bad Habits, which describes how our technology habits share many of the same neurological origins and traits as drug and food addictions, and how we can use mindfulness to break these harmful habit loops.
Continue reading Podcast Episode #03: Interview with Dr. Judson Brewer, Author of The Craving Mind
Even if youâ€™re lucky enough to have a super laid back and relaxed work environment, Iâ€™m willing to bet that stress still gets to you at work once in awhile. One study found that 60% of employee absences could be traced back to stress, and that number has been on the rise.
While there are a variety of factors in the workplace that can lead to stress, most are just out of our control. So what can we do about? Most of us are not going to up and quit an otherwise perfectly good job. And even if you did, whatâ€™s to say that your next job wonâ€™t cause the same stress?
Continue reading 5 Ways to Use Mindfulness to Reduce Workplace Stress
Join author Sherry Turkle, the Abby Rockefeller MauzÃ© Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology in the Program in Science, Technology, and Society at MIT, and the founder (2001) and current director of the MIT Initiative on Technology and Self on April 19th to learn more about the effect of technology on solitude.Â
This event is organized by MIT Radius, where Technology for Mindfulness’s own Robert Plotkin isÂ a member of the Steering Committee.
More about this week’s event here.
We’ve just posted the latest episode of the Technology for Mindfulness Podcast, where author Maggie Jackson joins host Robert Plotkin for a discussion about how technology can distract us and what we can do about it. Jackson is an award-winning author and former Boston Globe columnist known for her penetrating coverage of social issues, especially technologyâ€™s impact on humanity. Her essays and articles have appeared in publications worldwide, including the The New York Times, Business Week, Utne, and on National Public Radio. Her acclaimed book, Distracted: The Erosion of Attention and the Coming Dark Age, jumpstarted our global conversation on the steep costs of fragmenting our attention. Jacksonâ€™s first book, Whatâ€™s Happening to Home? Balancing Work, Life and Refuge in the Information Age, examined the loss of home as a refuge. Find more info on Maggie Jackson at maggie-jackson.com.
Continue reading Podcast Episode #02: Interview with Maggie Jackson, Author of Distracted
So many of us have trouble sleeping! Some struggle to fall asleep every night, while others only have occasional sleepless nights. Either way, at some point in time weâ€™ve all experienced at least one night of constant tossing and turning, minds that just wonâ€™t stop running. Weâ€™ve all woken up exhausted because we just couldnâ€™t get the good nightâ€™s sleep we needed!
So what do you do when you canâ€™t sleep? Count sheep? Probably not. Many people will walk over to their medicine cabinet and grab that good olâ€™ bottle of sleeping pills. But thereâ€™s a better way to get the sleep you craveâ€”a natural way. What is it?
Continue reading Sleep Better Without Sleeping Pills, Try Mindfulness
Join expert Earl Miller, a system/cognitive neuroscientist, whose research focuses on the neural mechanisms of learning, memory, and cognition at MIT on April 11th to learn more about his thoughts on the brain and multitasking, and specifically why your brain can’t multitask in the ways that you might think it can.
This event is organized by MIT Radius, where Technology for Mindfulness’s own Robert Plotkin is aÂ member of the Steering Committee.
More about this week’s event here.Â
While technology does a lot to distract us from the present and bring us stress, it can also do a lot to help us relax and be more present. As much as I like to encourage people to set their devices down and be present, we all use technologyâ€”itâ€™s not going anywhere! So why not embrace it and use in a way that will help us live a better life?
Weâ€™ve talked about using apps and even virtual reality to help us relax, but technology has come much further than that!
Take a look at these companies that have taken relaxation to a whole new level with the help of technology!
Continue reading Wearable Technology to Help You Relax and Focus