Going on a hike or a holiday to immerse yourself in nature is one of the most relaxing and recharging experience. However, with the use of smartphones, many of us look to capture the moment to post on social media rather than focusing on being in the moment and actually experiencing. Today, returning to Technology For Mindfulness is John De Graaf; a documentary filmmaker who has produced more than a dozen prime time national PBS specials and has won more than 100 filmmaking awards. He discusses the importance of seeing beauty in nature and not always through the camera on our smartphone. In this episode you will learn:
• How technology can get in the way of time with our connection with the natural world [3:47]
• The double edged sword with the pros and cons of technology [6:25]
• How people focus on capturing the moment to post on social media rather than being that in the moment [7:12]
• The different ways you can still use technology while experiencing nature [9:03]
• Why John feels it is important to stop and reflect beauty [10:45]
• Challenging the cultural value of more is always better [16:33]
• What should be in our "backpack" [19:05]
• The keys to happiness [22:35]
• How even when we intend to do good things for our health, like exercise - we crave stimulation [23:30]
• The impact of "City Beautiful," and the importance of nature [31:24]
Connect with John:
Personal Website:
Centre for Humans and nature:

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On each episode of the Technology For Mindfulness Podcast, Robert Plotkin, co-creator of the “Hack Your Mind” series at MIT, explores the intersection between the practice of mindfulness & the use of technology in the modern age. Show notes can be found at Come back often & feel free to subscribe in iTunes or add the Technology For Mindfulness Podcast to your favorite podcast application.

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