I can’t count how many times I have heard the following responses to a complaint about how technology can distract us:
- “You can’t turn back the clock.”
- “If you find it distracting, just turn it off.”
- “It’s the price we pay for the benefits of technology.”
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Are you the type of person thatâ€™s constantly doing more than one thing? Do you regularly eat while youâ€™re working? Do you check your emails, social media notifications, and look at news in the morning while youâ€™re getting ready for the day? Youâ€™re not alone, most of us multitask, and many of us think weâ€™re pretty good at it, but most of us have no idea what multitasking is doing to us.
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When something bad happens to you it can be easy to ask â€œWhy me?â€, these type of thoughts can consume us, but they donâ€™t have to. A bit of good can always come out of bad situations, especially if weâ€™re mindful about how we treat our experiences. So what can we do when we find ourselves in this type of situation? We navigate through them and keep looking to the future.
Continue reading If You Canâ€™t Change it, Learn to Mindfully Accept it
Have you ever heard the saying â€œconfidence comes from within?â€ When you begin to practice mindfulness, you learn that that phrase is very true! It doesnâ€™t take accomplishments and a vast knowledge of everything in your career for you to feel confident at workâ€”it just takes a little mindfulness.
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Throughout our lives weâ€™re taught so much at school, from our parents and other family members, through our friends, but one thing that must be self-taught is mindfulness. No one teaches us how to be mindful, although some schools are making an effort to bring mindfulness and yoga to the classroom, itâ€™s really something we must personally dedicate ourselves to in order to really benefit from.
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Forget about hip cafÃ©s in the office, company cars, and gym memberships, the best company perk might be something a little simpler. As meditation increases in popularity, many employers are taking notice and hopping on board by offering free mindfulness and meditation classes to their employees.
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Is mindfulness, living in the here and now, really everything that people expect? With a little time and practice it can be.
It doesnâ€™t matter what your reason was for getting into mindfulness in the first place, becoming more mindful could change you in ways youâ€™ve never even considered. Many people begin their journey into mindfulness to help reduce stress and anxiety. It starts with short mediation sessions and grows into a way of life.
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Opioid addiction and overdose has been a growing epidemic, not only in the US, but around the world. Itâ€™s estimated that between 26.4 and 23 million people worldwide have an opioid abuse problem. For the many of these people the problem isnâ€™t that theyâ€™re using the drugs to get highâ€”often times they begin using these medications to relieve chronic pain, but as their tolerance grows, they become addicted.
Continue reading Could Mindfulness be the Solution to Opioid Addiction?
Is mindfulness something that comes naturally to you? Do you act and think mindfully without any thought or effort? Or is mindfulness just another task on your to-do list?
Mindfulness is a wonderful practice, with the variety of ways it can change our lives thereâ€™s no wonder that itâ€™s gaining so much interest in todayâ€™s society. But if youâ€™re trying to become more mindful by forcing yourself to participate in mindful activities, like meditation, then is it really helping? You might not want to hear it, but the honest truth is that if you fake mindfulness, it just doesnâ€™t work.
Continue reading Learn to be Mindful But Donâ€™t Let it Become a To-Do
Yoga in schools is something that has been a controversial topic since it was introduced in public schools years ago. Having roots in Hinduism there has been the question of whether yoga is a religious practice, and thus violating the separation between church and state.
Some argue that the religious association of yoga means it does not belong in schools; others, like amaZEN U, see yoga as a way to teach mindfulness, empathy, improve focus, and take â€œbrain breaksâ€ throughout the school day to improve performance in the class.
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Meditation is simple technique that anyone can use to help find calm, clarity, and relaxation during stressful times. Practicing meditation has countless benefitsâ€”both mental and physical. By practicing meditation just 20 minutes a day (they donâ€™t even have to be 20 consecutive minutes) youâ€™ll start seeing the benefits of this mindful practice. Try starting out with these 3 meditation techniques:
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Although the presidential election is still months away and the 2 parties have yet to choose their nominee, the election is clearly in full swing, and has been for a while! The busy schedules of the candidates, constant public appearances, and tough questions can be described as one thing: stressful.
So how is it possible to stay calm and grounded when you barely have a minute to yourself? For Hilary Clinton the answer to all that stress is meditation!
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If thereâ€™s one thing that I could confidently say can impact every single aspect of our lives (work, health, relationships, etc.) its mindfulness, but in our crazy lives mindfulness can be lost.
Being more mindful can affect multiple aspects of our lives. Whatever youâ€™re putting your energy into doing right now could be affected, and improved, with a little bit of thoughtfulness.
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Happiness is something that anyone can create for himself or herselfâ€”we can mindfully wire our brains to be happier and love ourselves. If youâ€™ve ever learned about Pavlovâ€™s dogs (which Iâ€™m sure we all have), then you understand the power of the brain and what â€œre-wiringâ€ can do to the mind.
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The benefits of mindfulness and meditation have been proven time and time again, especially for itâ€™s ability to help leave stress behind. The benefits of meditation are almost countless, although Live and Air did a pretty great job of listing a good chunk of themâ€”76 benefits of meditation, to be exact!
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Do you ever feel aimless and unfocused at work? Do you leave the office at the end of the day feeling like you got nothing accomplished? If so, you are not alone. New research shows that people spend almost 47 percent of their waking hours thinking about something other than what theyâ€™re doing. In other words, many of us operate on autopilot.
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In two of our recent blogs we talked about distraction and the theories behind why we as a society are so distractedâ€”the two oldest theories, and one new theoryâ€”but how can we combat distraction?
Continue reading What’s Worthy of Your Time?
Morning rituals are an important part of many peopleâ€™s daily routines, but have you ever thought about evening rituals? Evening rituals can help to put us in a better, happier place at the end of the day and allow us to have a positive memory of the day.
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In our previous post Two Theories of Distraction: Is it Becoming a Bigger Issue?, we talked about the two oldest and biggest theories of distraction: spiritual and material distraction. But thereâ€™s a new theory of distraction thatâ€™s been brought to light by Matthew Crawford in his new book â€œThe World Beyond Your Head: Becoming an Individual in an Age of Distraction.â€
Continue reading The Third Theory of Distraction: Is There a Solution?
Distraction, itâ€™s something that happens to all of us in todayâ€™s modern society. It can be enjoyable at times (scrolling though Facebook while waiting for a flight), but it can also lead to some terrible situations (scrolling though Facebook while driving).
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Is the internet giving us a false sense of knowledge? Thatâ€™s what three Yale psychologists set out to find in a very interesting study.
This study conducted by Matthew Fisher, Mariel K. Goddu, and Frank C. Keil has shown that simple researching on the internet can inflate oneâ€™s estimate of their own internal knowledge. This phenomenon isnâ€™t related to any particular subject and can even transfer into other, un-related subjects!
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Youâ€™re sitting at work with what feels like 10 million things to do before the day is over and youâ€™re starting to feel the stress buildâ€¦ sound familiar? You need to relax, but at the same time, if you stop to relax, that means less time youâ€™ll have to work on everythingâ€”itâ€™s truly a dilemma. What if the solution to your problem was sitting right beside you? What if your phone could give you that short stress-relieving break you need without wasting too much of your time?
Continue reading Pause, and Just Relax with Help From Your Phone
We hate to admit it, but nearly all of us take work home with us, it can be hard to just pack up and the end of the day and leave everything at the office. Whether we literally take home things to do after leaving work, or mentally take work problems home, it happens. Unless your job requires itâ€”leave work stress in the office!
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I just attended a session at Wisdom 2.0 called, “Wisdom Films for the Modern Age.”Â We may not think about film as a form of technology anymore because we are so familiar with it, but film and the various mechanisms for distributing it are technologies that act as amplifiers.
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This morning I attended a session at Wisdom 2.0 entitled, “The Future of Transformation: How Can Technology Assist Awakening Wisdom?”Â Here’s some highlights.
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We are excited announce that Robert Plotkin, author of Technology forÂ Midfulness will be attending the Wisdom 2.0 in San Francisco this weekend. Look for insiughts, updates, and pieces of inspiration on the blog from him all weekend.Â
I will be giving a presentation tomorrow (Tuesday, November 17) on apps that can help to promote focus and mindfulness at MIT (Room 4-270), as part of the Radius “Hack Your Mind” program.Â There has been a boom in mindfulness apps over the last year or two, which makes this an exciting time to give the presentation.
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If you look up â€œmeditateâ€ you will most likely come across a definition similar to the one above. Itâ€™s funny because when I think of meditation, I think of the opposite of â€œthinking deeply.â€ I meditate to calm my mind and slow down.
Continue reading HeadSpace Review: Just Pause for 10 Minutes A Day
University of Washington Professor David Levy teaches a course entitled, “Information and Contemplation,” in which he guides students through mind-training exercises, such as engaging in only one digital task at a time, to raise students’ awareness about how they use computer technology. Â He also begins each session with a short meditation. Â Read more about it at The Chronicle of Higher Education