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18 minutes | Nov 24, 2021
What We’ve Gotten Wrong About Gratitude
There’s a reason “gratitude” is now one of the buzziest words around. At every corner of self-help books, mental health podcasts, journals, and social media, everyone is telling us to be grateful. The (often extremely shallow) wellness industry thrives on gratitude. And while there’s good reason for this, our understanding of gratitude is turning out to be quite limited, especially when we look at the impact it has on non-white, non-North-American, and non-individualist (collectivist) cultures. In this episode, Prerna breaks down how to broaden our perspective & holistically practice gratitude.Visit our website for the show notes and more! Sign up for the Newsletter to join our community (and get a free meditation!).Follow Technically Spiritual on Instagram :)Please leave a rating & review! It really does help!
72 minutes | Oct 31, 2021
Data of the Dead
Beyond doomscrolling, mental health, & how tech impacts you NOW, do you know how your tech continues to profit off you even after you die?If you haven’t heard of data fetishization, then you definitely haven’t heard about Big Tech’s misuse of data of the deceased, deepfakes, or dead labor... and how we as users can fight it. In this week’s episode of Technically Spiritual Prerna interviews Dr. Elaine Kasket, author of All the Ghosts in the Machine, to talk all about the data of the dead, how to reclaim your power, and how to think about preparing for the inevitable...Visit our website for the show notes and more! Sign up for the Newsletter to join our community (and get a free meditation!).Follow Technically Spiritual on Instagram :)Please leave a rating & review! It really does help!
13 minutes | Oct 23, 2021
Permission to be Bored
As important as mindfulness and meditation is to our well-being in our digital age, what we can also overlook is emptiness. This week, give yourself permission to be bored. Let your mind wander, explore your imagination… And see what just a little bit of empty space and time does for your brain.
11 minutes | Sep 24, 2021
4 Ways Your Phone Steals Your Attention & Kills Your Focus
Checking your phone while you work isn’t just about personal willpower...The technology is designed to make you want it compulsively, PLUS everything it represents moves you out of the present moment. Why work when that little thing can take the form of literally ✨ anything ✨ else you want it to: a game, a chat with your bestie, your favorite store, an opportunity to stalk your ex…Listen to join Prerna in breaking down how the simple presence of your phone is killing your focus and productivity, how it quickly spirals from there, and the research behind it all.Visit our website for the show notes and more! Sign up for the Newsletter to join our community (and get a free meditation!).Follow Technically Spiritual on Instagram :)Consider leaving a rating & review! It really does help!
7 minutes | Sep 11, 2021
The Power of Practice
Practice (not perfection) is the key to transformation. Visit our website for the show notes and more! Sign up for the Newsletter to join our community (and get a free meditation!).Follow Technically Spiritual on Instagram :)Consider leaving a rating & review! It really does help!
27 minutes | Sep 4, 2021
Search vs. Research
In a world where misinformation is profitable, we face a great responsibility and burden to educate ourselves AND trust those that have done the real research (not just used Google, a for-profit search engine that serves advertisers, not people).We love information that fits our own worldview -- this is called cognitive bias. When you use Google, it serves up information and stories (humans love storytelling) that it believes you will enjoy. There is NO law saying the information it shows you must be true. The algorithm knows you personally, and will serve you the “answers” you want, whether or not that misinformation harms you.But there are ways to combat truth decay and misinformation. In our world where information has never been more accessible, it’s a matter of choice -- choosing research and truth over blissful ignorance.Visit our website for the show notes and more! Sign up for the Newsletter to join our community (and get a free meditation!).Follow Technically Spiritual on Instagram :)Consider leaving a rating & review! It really does help!
47 minutes | Jul 31, 2021
Finding Enlightenment in a Digital Age
What does the path of awakening look like in a noisy technological world? With so many of us in our own bubbles, how do we shift the meaning of mindfulness to be more inclusive not only to other humans, but to all beings everywhere? Tune in to hear Adriana & Prerna discuss a modern and integrated Buddhist framework that supports our daily lives & helps us navigate our technology use. Learn about the power of sangha (community) and how this informs our path towards enlightenment.“We won’t reach awakening if it only exists on our cushion” - Adriana DiFazio.Join us for Restart: An 8 Week Digital Pause Program.Visit www.technicallyspiritual.com/podcast for the show notes!
16 minutes | Jul 28, 2021
Confirmshaming, Sneak into Basket, Roach Motel… there are a million and 1 ways businesses manipulate humans online, and we promise, it’s not with your best interest in mind.This episode, Prerna deconstructs the methods used on you (and everyone) to get and/or keep your money, time, and attention. It’s a careful game of psychological manipulation for profit, and it happens more regularly than we all think. Tune in to learn how to defend ourselves against these tricks and what we as a collective can do about making our experiences online more ethical & honest.
19 minutes | Jul 16, 2021
I Can't Meditate Because...
Seasoned meditation teacher Prerna Manchanda has heard all the reasons why you can’t meditate. She’s here to help you get through them, and realize how much power you have as you start your meditation journey.Visit our website for the show notes and more! Sign up for the Newsletter to join our community (and get a free meditation!).Follow Technically Spiritual on Instagram :)Consider leaving a review! It really does help!
55 minutes | Jul 11, 2021
You Aren't What You Eat
Longevity of life is not only from nutritional nourishment, but from mental, spiritual, & social fulfillment as well. Plus: Contrary to what white supremacist diet culture would have you believe: food has no morality!In this episode, Prerna Manchanda interviews Stephanie Schwartz. Stephanie is a Registered Dietitian living in Brooklyn, NY. She received her masters degree in clinical nutrition from New York University and completed her training to become a dietitian at the James J. Peters VA Medical Center in the Bronx. Stephanie currently works as a dietitian at an acute care hospital, providing nutrition care to oncology patients and patients with a variety of other medical conditions. In her spare time, Stephanie runs the dietitian meme account @thatdietitianlife where she posts memes commenting on life as a dietitian and is working on studying for an advanced credential in oncology nutrition.Visit our website for the show notes and more! Sign up for the Newsletter to join our community (and get a free meditation!).Follow Technically Spiritual on Instagram :)Consider leaving a review! It really does help!
10 minutes | Jul 2, 2021
If I'm Being Honest...
Prerna gets vulnerable & shares the truth about the challenges of hosting a podcast.Let us know your thoughts! Follow us on IG (@technically.spiritual) and send us a DM or visit our website (www.technicallyspiritual.com) to reach out. Sign up for the newsletter to get a free meditation, tech tips, and more! Consider supporting us on Patreon (www.patreon.com/technicallyspiritual). Grateful for you!
9 minutes | May 29, 2021
Gratitude’s Grisly Sibling: Guilt
This episode of Technically Spiritual explores positivity and gratitude, and when it becomes toxic. Toxic positivity, especially in a culture overrun with systemic inequities, can create a scarcity mindset, among other detrimental effects. But we can collectively move away from this toxic positivity while remaining grateful for what we have. Tune in to explore how we, as humans, tend to cut off our emotions, and how we can better serve ourselves and the world moving forward.Visit www.technicallyspiritual.com for the show notes, offerings, and more!Follow Technically Spiritual on Instagram!
51 minutes | Apr 24, 2021
The Impact of Agricultural Tech on The World & Its People
In this episode of Technically Spiritual, we discuss how tech affects people and the world through the lens of agriculture, food systems, and the power that comes from access to data.Jenny Melo, Fulbright scholar & PhD student, joins us this week to share her expertise on the socio-ethical impacts of agricultural technologies.Tune in to learn how our current agricultural/food production system perpetuates deep inequality in our neighborhoods and all over the world.And lastly, learn how spirituality, science, and curiosity intersect to help us become better citizens, with an opportunity to make a better world.Jenny Melo is an applied scholar from Colombia with training in business, social sciences, and sociology. She had devoted her professional life to better understand the social implications of business, particularly in rural settings. Currently and through a Fulbright Scholarship, she is pursuing a Ph.D. in Rural Sociology at the University of Missouri - Columbia, where is researching the socio-ethical implications that digital agricultural technologies pose for small farmers in the Latin American context. Show notes here: https://www.technicallyspiritual.com/podcast/15
12 minutes | Mar 27, 2021
Special: Guided Body Scan
It's Technically Spiritual's 1 Year Anniversary! As a special gift, Prerna offers a free guided body scan. This is a perfect relaxation exercise to be done anytime your body & mind needs a break. You can do it while lying down, as a tool to help you fall asleep, or even relaxing in a chair.Visit www.technicallyspiritual.com for more meditations & to join the community!
72 minutes | Feb 24, 2021
Becoming Indistractable with Nir Eyal
Getting distracted isn’t just about how it affects your productivity. It’s about how it affects your level of suffering, as it pulls focus away from the people and things that matter most deeply to you. Especially in our current digital age, prioritization is incredibly tricky, and yet more important than ever.In this episode, host Prerna Manchanda speaks speak with world-renowned author Nir Eyal about his book Indistractible, and he shares how to get the best from technology without it getting the best of us.Prerna and Nir discuss how to start identifying the triggers that lead to distraction, as well as practical, realistic tools to help you make for time for traction—actions that pull you towards your intentions (and away from suffering).They critically review what’s wrong with the current tech narrative, which currently leaves users (all of us) feeling helpless and Nir offers empowering advice about how to “hack back” tech. In this episode, Nir illustrates why becoming Indistractable is the skill of the century and he generously shares the framework for how we can all get there.Visit www.technicallyspiritual.com for the show notes, offerings, and more!
21 minutes | Jan 13, 2021
When Hate is Monetized
Should Facebook, YouTube, and other social media companies be held accountable for creating a culture of misinformation, polarization, and hate? Can they continue to hide behind ‘Freedom of Speech’ to absolve themselves of responsibility? Is it time for government to step in? In this episode, Prerna reflects on social media’s contribution to insurrection that took place at the U.S. Capitol on January 6th, 2021. In a lit-review style, she shares research from world-renowned scholars to discuss how we got here and what Americans can do to get democracy back on track. Visit www.technicallyspiritual.com for the show notes, offerings, and more!Scholars Referenced:Roger McNameeRenee DiRestaGuillaume ChaslotYaël Eisenstat
47 minutes | Dec 2, 2020
The Upside of Social Media with Executive Coach Maya Gudka
50% of people globally are on social media in 2020! Especially during the pandemic, social media represents a means of communication and connection for many, as well as a necessity for all types of businesses. So rather than seeing it as a burden, how can we learn to use it well? How can we use it to serve our psychological wellbeing and flourishing? This conversation with Executive Coach & Positive Psychology researcher, Maya Gudka, explores these questions.Visit www.technicallyspiritual.com for meditation classes, community gatherings, the show notes, and more. Learn more about booking a private event or corporate wellness seminar. Sign up for our newsletter & receive a free mediation!Maya’s Bio: An experienced Executive Coach, who transitioned from Consulting and Economist roles at Goldman Sachs, PwC and KPMG, to Coaching and Learning Advisor Roles. Maya spent 4 years designing, developing & delivering a portfolio of Executive Education Leadership & Strategy programmes at London Business School, before joining their contributor pool and commencing research into Executive Development with Julian Birkinshaw. Maya’s current MSc in Positive Psychology & Coaching Psychology informs her coaching work and her YourPlate Podcast, as well as various other research and writing topics.Follow Maya: Instagram, Twitter, Website
41 minutes | Oct 31, 2020
The Social Dilemma: A Group Discussion
On Oct. 6th, 2020 host Prerna Manchanda hosted a virtual conversation with the Technically Spiritual community to discuss the documentary ‘The Social Dilemma’. The group discusses the impacts of social media on our mental health and contemplate solutions that promote individual and collective healing. This episode presents the highlights from the discussion.WebsiteNewsletterInstagramTwitter
55 minutes | Oct 6, 2020
Healing Through Dreaming
Our dreams are “an untapped healing & transformational modality that we have access to every night” says Dream-Time Coach Eric Tyrone. In this interview, Prerna and Eric talk about how to remember, decode, and integrate our dreams into our waking lives. They discuss pre-cognitive dreams, lucid dreams, and the collective experience of dreaming up technology. Eric Tyrone is a Dream-Time and Mindfulness coach, and the creator of the "Get Woke In Your Dream-Time" Masterclass. Prior to this, Eric ran a non-profit called "Awakening Through Art", founded a mindfulness App, and was a co-facilitator of a nationwide meetup called EcoTuesday. Eric has 15+ years of studies in yoga, meditation, mindfulness, energy medicine and shamanism, and now teaches students around the world to use their dreams as a healing and transformational tool.Visit our website to access the show notes (including 50% off Eric's Masterclass), to sign up for the newsletter, and to join an upcoming event!Follow us on social:InstagramTwitter
20 minutes | Aug 29, 2020
Why I Quit Instagram
After years of being consumed, annoyed, and confused due to the platform, our host Prerna decided to take a one year break from her personal Instagram account. In this episode she shares the reasons behind her decision.Shownotes: https://www.technicallyspiritual.com/podcast/why-i-quit-instagram
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