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Technology For Mindfulness
29 minutes | 5 days ago
88. Thanksgiving and Gratitude
Whilst the holidays won’t be going ahead the way we’d all initially hoped, there are still plenty of ways we can enjoy this season together and make a few socially distanced memories to solidify the year we’ve all collectively gone through. I won’t sugar coat it, 2020 has been rough for a lot of us. Many out there are still recovering from the ongoing grief that this pandemic has brought with it and this time of year will be particularly difficult for those who have been directly affected by the virus. So, I wanted to take this episode as an opportunity to share my tips on how we can all make these upcoming months a little brighter. It won’t be an easy feat, but I believe that with an optimistic outlook and an open mind, we can make the end of this year one to remember. To hear more, tune in to Episode 88 of Technology for Mindfulness!What You’ll Learn:My advice on addressing the pressures COVID-19 has put on the holiday season (2:11)Why it’s important to practice gratitude during challenging times (3:19)How technology has allowed us to stay connected this year (7:10)Why I want to carry on the feeling of optimism beyond Thanksgiving (10:31)Why moderating our technology use during the holidays helps us to stay present (11:58)Ways to approach your virtual family gatherings (14:48)The benefits of getting together virtually (22:44)Connect With Robert Plotkin:Technology For Mindfulness WebsiteBlueshift IP WebsiteLinkedIn See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
30 minutes | a month ago
87: Overcoming Loss & Grief and Ways to Deal with It
In today’s episode of Technology for Mindfulness, I wanted to bring attention to the types of grief that this pandemic has brought upon so many of us. Whether it be the loss of a loved one, a job, or a relationship, this year has definitely taken its toll and it will take time before a lot of us are ready to heal.I’m going to be sharing a few of the strategies that have helped me throughout the course of isolation and take a deep dive on how and why we respond to loss in the ways that we do. I’ll also be discussing the many benefits that mindfulness brings into our lives and how utilizing these tools can aid us in overcoming bouts of personal grief. Tune in to Episode 87 to hear more! What You’ll Learn:The different types of loss that Covid-19 has brought (1:14)How we usually tend to respond to loss (7:28)Where addictive, habitual and often unhealthy routines stem from (9:22)The benefits that mindfulness brings into our lives & How people are leveraging technology to stay connected during the pandemic (11:42)My tips for dealing with loss in ways that aren’t aversive (15:38)Ways to stay social while physically distancing (18:20)Why taking breaks from technology is so important (26:24)Connect With Robert Plotkin:Technology For Mindfulness WebsiteBlueshift IP WebsiteLinkedInResources:Website: ‘JamKazam’ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
47 minutes | a month ago
86: Dr. Jeff Gusky - Staying Mindfully Informed in the Midst of Crisis
How we perceive information is majorly affected in the midst of a crisis. It impacts our ability to process news in a rational way and our response is often heavily influenced by our emotions. This makes us vulnerable to false and harmful information that sways public opinion and leads people to make uninformed decisions regarding such serious issues. Learning to be mindfully aware of what is happening around us is a skill that takes time to master so obtaining the facts has never been more important. Joining me on the podcast today to discuss the science behind Covid-19 and share his tips on how we can safely control the spread, is world-renowned ‘National Geographic’ photographer and board-certified emergency physician, Dr. Jeff Gusky!In this episode, Jeff shares his insights into how humidity has played a key role in the increase of Coronavirus cases globally, how each individual immune system in our body functions, and the truth about herd immunity. To learn more, tune in to Episode 86 of Technology for Mindfulness!Some Questions I Ask:Could you talk about the work you do surrounding Covid-19? (6:42)What does aerosol refer to? (17:25)What can people be doing to quell their anxieties at the moment? (36:20)What You’ll Learn:Why mindfulness helps us absorb information calmly and objectively (3:19)How the pandemic has affected each sector of the world (9:57)Jeff’s breakdown on each of the immune systems that function in our body (11:19)The difference between the aerosol and microdroplet model (14:03)How humidity plays a key role in controlling the spread of the Coronavirus (18:37)Why Vitamin D mitigates long term complications with Covid-19 (22:11)Dr. Jeff’s two tips for controlling the temperature in your environment (26:19)The effect humidity has had on our air quality (28:35)A glimpse into how humidity contributed to the Coronavirus outbreak in Paris (32:14)How crisis affects our perception & Why it’s important to stay properly informed (39:22)Connect With Robert Plotkin:Technology For Mindfulness WebsiteBlueshift IP WebsiteLinkedInConnect With Dr. Jeff Gusky:WebsiteTwitterFacebookInstagramLinkedInResources:Website: ‘CDC’ - Coronavirus InformationWebsite: ‘ZRT Laboratory’ Profile: Jeffrey Shaman The Viral Safety Index. The humidifier Jeff is using. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13 minutes | 2 months ago
85: 4 Tips for Managing Distractions in Work and Life
In today’s episode, I’ll be sharing a few of the strategies that I use in my everyday life which help me to reduce distractions and improve my overall sense of productivity. There are so many factors that influence our ability to cultivate a healthy work-life balance and so many of them are within our control and are easily accessible to us. I’ll be diving into how you can best manage your notifications to quell anxieties that present themselves when given too much information, why practicing time management skills, and prioritizing a structure can improve our productivity, and how micro rewards can yield positive results in relation to our own motivations. If you’re curious to learn more, then tune in to Episode 85 of Technology For Mindfulness!What you’ll learn:An introduction to today’s topic (0:42)Why it’s important to pre-plan your day (1:17)Tips to best manage your notifications (4:12)How to transform your desktop into a productive sanctuary (6:49)How to use micro rewards as a motivational system (8:43)Connect With Robert Plotkin:Technology For Mindfulness WebsiteBlueshift IP WebsiteLinkedInResources:Book: ‘The 12 Week Year’ Author, Brian P. MoranWebsite - ‘FocusMe’ Website - ‘Freedom’ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
44 minutes | 2 months ago
84: Sarah Tetlow - Reducing Stress Within the Legal Field Through Streamlined Processes
As someone who has worked in the field of law for a number of years now, I have seen first hand how prevalent stress is within this industry and the effect that it has had on the individuals who are practicing professionally. Joining me today is someone who is combating that issue through specialized coaching and consulting, Sarah Tetlow! Sarah is a Legal Productivity Consultant at ‘Firm Focus’, a company dedicated to helping legal professionals streamline their workflow, better utilize their time management skills, and reduce the stress that many within the industry have suffered from throughout their careers. Through her work, Sarah has successfully assisted clients in managing their stress levels through productivity-based solutions that cater to each individual's needs. In this episode, Sarah shares her perspective on some of the common behaviors she’s seen within the lawyers she’s worked with and how her coaching methods have helped those clients create balance and efficiency in their work life. We also talk about the need to set realistic and measurable goals, particularly in this line of work, how technology can be utilized to amplify productivity, as well as how communication is such a vital step to ensuring a team is working efficiently and coherently. To learn more, tune in to Episode 84 of Technology for Mindfulness! Some Questions I Ask:How did you get started in a field that is so specialized? (5:30)What practical skills do you use when helping your clients? (12:19)How do you respond to lawyers who have a tendency to catastrophize urgent tasks and overwork themselves? (14:07)When your clients have a genuine emergency in their work, how do you set up a process that addresses and resolves that? (18:43)What could a client expect from working with you? (21:22)What do you take into account when interviewing new clients to work with? (29:56)Could you talk about how you help your clients’ reduce stress in their lives? (38:43)What You’ll Learn:What Sarah’s ‘legal eagle’ system aims to achieve (9:44)How technology has permeated the legal profession & Created a sense of urgency around small tasks (11:19)What I’ve noticed about how lawyers respond to deadlines (25:50)Sarah’s take on using productivity apps and technology to help streamline legal processes and offload stress (27:18)How ‘proactive communication’ helps reduce the need to cram in work at the last minute (32:33)Why communication is so important, particularly now as most people have shifted to working remotely (37:21)Connect With Robert Plotkin:Technology For Mindfulness WebsiteBlueshift IP WebsiteLinkedInConnect With Sarah Tetlow:Website - ‘Firm Focus’ LinkedInEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26 minutes | 4 months ago
83: How to Transition Yourself and Your Team to Remote Work Effectively - Part 2
Continuing on from last week’s episode, today’s focus is all about maintaining productivity within your workspace while working remotely! I’m going to be discussing my key strategies and tips for conducting yourself effectively while operating from home, the nuances that come with communicating virtually with your team members, as well as how the very real effects of isolation must be taken into account by leaders in business. Now more than ever, our mental wellbeing needs to be prioritized within the workplace, and managing the complex and often overwhelming feelings that come with our new working arrangements is going to be a team effort. While this period has been and is going to be difficult for many of us, there is solace in knowing that there are ways to cope and that we are not alone. Join me on Episode 83 of Technology For Mindfulness to learn more!In This Episode You Will Learn:Statistics showing that remote work was already on the rise before Covid-19 (1:23)My four key tips for Managers to help their teams work effectively in a remote environment (2:47)Why sticking to a daily routine is so imperative for workplaces right now & The power that our triggers have over us creating habits (2:55)Examples of positive triggers that can help to simulate a work day (6:17)Understanding how intentions and perceptions can affect virtual communication between co-workers (10:51)What you can do to rectify a miscommunication or potential negative interaction with someone you work with (15:07)Why we should stay aware of the effects that isolation can have on us while working remotely & Why leaders in business should be understanding of this and offer assistance to employees where needed (16:22)What I think the workplace will look like after Covid-19 (22:17)Connect With Robert Plotkin:Technology For Mindfulness WebsiteBlueshift IP WebsiteLinkedInResources:Book: ‘Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones’ Author, James Clear See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
31 minutes | 4 months ago
82: How to Transition Yourself and Your Team to Remote Work Effectively - Part 1
There are many critical aspects to creating a space within our home environment that is conducive to productivity. Not only can this mental boundary assist in efficiency and boosting our motivations professionally, it can also be a healthy bridge for us to open communication between ourselves and those of us who we’re sharing space with. Particularly now in the midst of this global pandemic, learning strategies that help alleviate some of these stressors has never been more important. In today’s episode, I share a few mechanisms that I use to schedule my work day effectively while working remotely, as well as discuss why having honest expectations with ourselves towards our productivity at the moment is so vital to our well being. To learn more, tune in to Episode 82 of Technology For Mindfulness! In This Episode You Will Learn:An introduction to today’s topic on productivity and remote work environments during Covid-19 (0:50)A few things that will factor into each individual’s capability to work remotely (3:33)Why it’s important to remind ourselves that we’re going to be less productive during this period of time (4:52)The practical benefits of bringing our attention towards the drop in productivity (7:05)How we can establish clear mental boundaries between our home and work environments (10:00)A breakdown of ‘physical boundaries’ (11:32)A breakdown of ‘temporal boundaries’ (15:46)A breakdown of ‘personal boundaries’ (18:25)How we can effectively manage external interruptions and improve focus while working from home (24:15)Connect With Robert Plotkin:Technology For Mindfulness WebsiteBlueshift IP WebsiteLinkedInResources:Book: ‘Your Brain At Work: Strategies for Overcoming Distraction, Regaining Focus, and Working Smarter All Day Long’ Author, David Rock See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23 minutes | 5 months ago
81: Practicing Mindfulness In The Midst Of A Crisis
We’ve now entered our fourth month living in the midst of Covid-19. As all of us have begun to adjust to life in isolation and become accustomed to an ever increasing sense of uncertainty, the need for anxiety management tools have never been more pressing. There are so many benefits to practicing and implementing mindfulness into our routines, especially right now. In this episode, I share a few techniques that I’ve used to put difficult circumstances into perspective, why we tend to avoid accepting traumatic events, and how mindfulness allows us to build resilience and manage our anxieties in a healthy way. I also share some insights I’ve gained from others who have experienced bouts of stress during this pandemic and how their ways of thinking have helped me. To learn more, tune in to Episode 81 of Technology For Mindfulness! What You’ll Learn:An introduction to today’s topic on how Coronavirus is impacting our mental health (0:47)My first tip on using mindfulness to help you see things as they are (2:41)How mindfulness helps us decrease avoidance towards difficult circumstances (4:48)A mental exercise you can practice in your everyday life (5:37)Why mindfulness allows us to put our circumstances into perspective (7:40)Ways that mindfulness increases our resilience (10:01)What the ‘anxiety cycle’ is & The role fear plays in how we respond to crisis (11:31)The definition of ‘social contagion’ (13:58)How we can beat a negative feedback loop (14:56)The benefits of practicing ‘basic awareness training’ (18:23)Why we should engage in some form of ‘digital fasting’ during Covid-19 (18:46)Connect With Me:Technology For Mindfulness WebsiteBlueshift IP WebsiteLinkedInResources:Academic Journal: ‘Personality and Individual Differences’ Article: ‘A Brain Hack To Break The Coronavirus Anxiety Cycle’, Juddson BrewerBook: ‘24/6: The Power Of Unplugging One Day A Week’, Tiffany Shlain See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
46 minutes | 5 months ago
80: Ron Purser - Discussing The Origins of Mindfulness
Mindfulness has become such a huge part of the world we live in and has integrated into mainstream culture. There are a vast number of traditional and spiritual practices that date back hundreds of years and span across cultures far outside of what we’re exposed to in the West and it’s important we educate ourselves on the origin of these methods. Today, I’m joined by thought leader and established teacher, Ron Purser. Ron is a Professor of Management at San Francisco State University, and Published Author of the best selling book, ‘McMindfulness’. He shares a unique perspective, having integrated traditional Buddhist practices into his life, he does a brilliant job of challenging the ideals that are emphasized through modern mindfulness tools. To hear more insights from Ron Purser and learn more about his personal approach to this topic, tune in to Episode 80 of Technology for Mindfulness!Some of the questions I ask:Could you talk about your personal background with mindfulness? (4:08)What are your concerns now that mindfulness is such a mainstream ideology? (9:17)What does mindfulness mean for you in a broader sense and in relation to traditional Buddhist teachings? (14:41)Could you elaborate on how you believe mindfulness apps are being used as overtly solitary experiences (30:22)From your experience, what is mindfulness other than a self-help technique? (37:10)Would you agree that a lot of self-help apps are too introductory and don’t cover mindfulness in a broader sense? (40:19)What would you recommend to those wanting to learn more about mindfulness? (43:09)What you’ll learn in this episode:The history of Martial Arts and Shotokan Karate (1:20)How Buddhism has become synonymous with mindfulness (7:44)How mindfulness ideologies have become part of the mainstream and integrated into Western culture (18:40)The commoditization behind mindfulness in corporate environments (23:44)A brief excerpt from ‘McMindfulness’ - How the US Army have militarized the clinical application of mindfulness (27:24)The privatization of stress and the connection that has to our bodies (33:16)The political ideologies and connotations behind fanatic mindfulness (35:23)Connect with Robert Plotkin:Technology For Mindfulness WebsiteBlueshift IP WebsiteLinkedInConnect with Ron Purser:WebsiteThe Mindful Cranks - Podcast McMindfulness - Book See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
52 minutes | 6 months ago
79: Paul Minors - The Journey To ‘Technology For Mindfulness’
Today I’ve repurposed an old episode of ‘The Paul Minor’s Podcast’ which I was fortunate enough to be a guest on, to share with all of you! Paul is a Productivity, Business and Self Improvement Consultant who has helped over four hundred clients reach peak efficiency in their line of work. In this interview, we discuss how the consumer's relationship with technology has evolved, how we can incorporate mindfulness into our daily practices, and more on my personal journey intertwining Japanese martial arts techniques with technology use.We also dive into the importance of understanding your responses towards notifications. For us to respond efficiently, we first have to draw our attention to internal solutions and focus on how we can catch bad habits before they become a part of our norm. If you’re interested to learn more, then have a listen to episode 120 of The Paul Minors Podcast!What You’ll Learn:A brief background on myself (1:46)My journey shifting into japanese martial arts from a computer science background (3:28)How to respond internally to an ‘attack’ from the technology around us (4:45)The neuroscience behind responding to notifications (7:01)How I’ve integrated martial arts practices into my use of technology (8:50)The contrast between notifications feeling overwhelming or something that makes us feel good (9:49)The consumer issue I’m trying to solve through my work (12:40)Key points in the evolution of technology and the way users interact with it (14:34)The challenges of working with algorithms that are designed to keep us engaged (19:46) How we can catch bad habits within our device usage (26:34)Tips for practicing mindfulness in a team environment (28:34)Meditation techniques that aren’t time consuming & How we can be mindful when we’re busy (35:01)Apps I use to practice mindfulness and relieve my anxiety (42:51)Connect With Paul Minors:WebsiteYoutube Channel Twitter InstagramFacebook Resources:Book: “Digital Minimalism” Author, Cal NewportBook: “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” Author, Stephen R. CoveyBook: “It Doesn’t Have To Be Crazy At Work” Authors, Jason Fried & David Heinemeier HanssonBook: “Sleeping With Your Smartphone” Author, Leslie A. PerlowBook: “Deep Work” Author, Cal Newport See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
32 minutes | 6 months ago
78: Kayla Kozan - The Need For Corporate Wellness & Mindfulness Within The Workplace
In today’s episode, I’m joined by Corporate Meditation Teacher and CEO of Peak Wellness Co, Kayla Kozan!After experiencing a sudden onslaught of issues surrounding her mental health and observing how many workplaces were in need of wellness resources, she was inspired to launch her company and influence businesses to prioritize the wellbeing of their employees. By implementing strategies into her programs that have benefited her own life, she has successfully helped businesses across all different fields create a solid wellness structure and received many outstanding reviews.For many leaders, particularly in corporate offices, the idea of adopting a mindful mentality can feel foreign or intimidating to approach. However, providing a safe space for workers to treat their mental needs has been proven to not only increase morale and reduce stress, but also improve productivity and performance within the workplace. The time for these services has never been more needed, especially now as we have entered such unprecedented times and have had to adapt to new ways of working. For more information on Kayla and the incredible work she does, tune in to Episode 78 of Technology for Mindfulness.Some of the questions I ask:What motivated you to launch Peak Wellness? (5:39)How did mindfulness help you during a period in your life when you knew your mental health was suffering? (8:09)What specifically have you found in corporate work environments that showed you there was a need for your service? (9:46)What are some new challenges you’ve noticed people facing in terms of their mental health since working from home? (12:47)How have you helped your clients with staying connected while apart? (15:05)What work have you done to help teams adapt to working remotely? (20:29)Have there been any other unexpected challenges that you have faced? (21:32)What would a company in need of your services expect from a Peak Wellness introduction? (23:26)How would you suggest ways to integrate a mindful work environment in corporate companies from a business standpoint? (26:03)Can you share any projects you’re working on at the moment? (28:16)What you’ll learn:My take on mindfulness during the pandemic (1:34)How you can apply mindfulness practices in your home workspace (4:21)An introduction on Kayla Kozan (5:24)Kayla’s experience with formal education to becoming a Corporate Mindfulness Trainer (9:04)The challenges and opportunities Kayla has encountered in transitioning her business online in the wake of Covid-19 (10:37)Techniques and strategies Kayla promotes in her Peak Wellness seminars (14:10)Kayla’s advice for setting boundaries while working at home and why you should be implementing breaks for yourself (17:19)Connect With Robert Plotkin:Technology For Mindfulness WebsiteBlueshift IP WebsiteLinkedInConnect With Kayla Kozan:LinkedInTwitterInstagramPeak Wellness WebsiteResources:Wellness Tool: Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
32 minutes | 6 months ago
77: How To Be Productive Working Remotely - And Stay Connected To Others
Today’s focus on Technology for Mindfulness is all about productivity and social connections! In this episode, I discuss some creative ways we can connect with each other using technology, how to effectively set boundaries in your home, as well as sharing some personal insights from the years I’ve spent working remotely. Now more than ever, dividing time between our work and personal lives has never been more essential. We’re all finding our own ways to adjust to this new norm and work efficiently, but we also need to remember to make time for the things we enjoy too. Whilst there is a lot of change going on, there’s always a silver lining that can be taken out of the situation, even if it is hard to see. If you’re looking for advice on how to improve your own productivity, then join me on episode 77 of Technology for Mindfulness! In This Episode You Will Learn:How to set clear boundaries in your home to improve productivity (5:02)What my listener’s greatest challenges have been working from home (10:13)Ways to shift your thinking around boundary setting and structure (12:37)Strategies I learned from the early years of working remotely (13:46)How to deal with feelings of loneliness and isolation (18:05)Creative ways of using technology to connect and engage with each other (18:36)Why I’ve been actively communicating through video calls (23:39)How changing your physical appearance and workspace affects your productivity when working from home (24:53)How people in supervising positions should approach their work environment remotely (26:29) Tips on how to adjust to your technological needs at home (29:04) Connect With Robert Plotkin:Technology for Mindfulness WebsiteBlueshift IP WebsiteLinkedin See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
43 minutes | 7 months ago
76: Mitra Manesh - How to Integrate Storytelling into Mindfulness
In episode 76, Mitra Manesh joins us for a conversation around the powers of storytelling, binaural beats, and integrating them into mindfulness practices. Mitra is a mindfulness thought leader, storyteller, educator, and founder of Innermap. She has over 3 decades of experience helping people develop a more mindful mindset at home and at work. Throughout our conversation, Mitra shares about her product Innermap and how it offers support for living a mindful life. She also offers advice on staying present, how to interact with both the past and future, and practices to help you and your loved ones feel heard every day. In This Episode, You Will Learn: How Innermap helps people develop mindfulness practices. (3:37)How telling stories help transfer wisdom. (6:16)How binaural beats condition your brain to lead you into a meditative state. (16:50)How disconnecting from the present moment can lead to learning, lamenting, or anxiety. (27:43)Practices to help you and your loved ones feel heard. (31:57)Connect with Mitra Manesh: InnermapLights On Podcast See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
32 minutes | 7 months ago
75: Nadja Streiter - Modeling Healthy Tech Habits
In episode 75, Nadja Streiter joins us for a conversation around navigating our tech habits and the potential surge of tech use while practicing self-isolation during the COVID-19 epidemic. Nadja is a psychotherapist, speaker and coach that helps people with digital addictions, including video game addiction. Throughout the conversation, Nadja shares the story of how she became a psychotherapist that works in the niche of tech addiction, along with some immediately practical strategies for parents and families to incorporate immediately – including giving ourselves some grace during these unprecedented times. Some Questions I Ask: How did you first begin helping people with digital addictions? (6:04)What does addictive VS non-addictive tech use look like? (10:18)What are some of the challenges of helping people with technology use when it’s not an option to stop using it completely? (11:49)Can you talk a bit about the relationship between parental tech use and kids’ tech use? (17:03)What are some basic red flags that parents should watch out for? (20:15)How can people get in touch with you? (28:49)In This Episode, You Will Learn: Tips for balancing tech use during self-quarantine. (1:05)How technology addition is similar to substance abuse. (8:39)How to tech like you eat. (11:58)How parents can model healthy technology habits to their children. (17:17)How to navigate and balance tech use in a healthy way while self-quarantining. (23:55)Connect with Nadja Streiter: EmailInstagramTwitter See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
38 minutes | 8 months ago
74: Caroline Welch - Getting Present
In episode 74, Caroline Welch joins us for a conversation about cultivating and pursuing a mindfulness practice. Caroline is the Co-founder and CEO of the Mindsight Institute and author of The Gift of Presence: A Mindfulness Guide for Women. Throughout the conversation, Caroline shares her personal stories about how her mindfulness journey began 40 years ago in Japan, what she’s learned through her practices, and how women can cultivate their own practices as well. She also shares about how mindfulness practices infiltrate technology habits and help establish healthy tech use over time. Some Questions I Ask: How did you get started practicing mindfulness? (4:02)Why did you decide to focus on presence in your book? (7:36)What are the Three P’s? (8:28)What do women specifically gain from practicing mindfulness? (17:23)How does changing your pacing make you more effective? (22:09)Why did you decide to focus on writing a book that’s a guide for women? (29:06)In This Episode, You Will Learn: What practicing Zen looked like in Japan for Caroline. (4:15)What the difference between presence and mindfulness is. (8:01)Why mindfulness practice is not the same thing as taking time to relax. (13:22)How having a strong sense of purpose provides a sense of direction, presence, and resilience. (20:30)How setting an intention can change your technology use. (28:35)Connect with Caroline Welch: Mindsight InstituteFacebookLinkedInTwitterYouTubeResources: The Gift of Presence by Caroline Welch See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
35 minutes | 8 months ago
73: Jeremy Edge - Breaking Video Game Addiction
In episode 73, Jeremy Edge joins us for a conversation about breaking video game addiction. Jeremy is the founder of Escaping the.Com, a counseling practice for those struggling with an internet addiction or problematic screen use. Jeremy helps his clients strengthen relationships, manage stress, stop problematic screen use, and improve tech life balance overall. Throughout our conversation, Jeremy explains what the spectrum of video game addiction looks like, and what signs to mindfully watch for. He also shares strategies for seeking support and how teenagers and families can help each other overcome screen misuse. Some Questions I Ask: What motivated you to start working with people on video game addiction? (5:07)What does a video game addiction look like? (6:56)What are the consequences of video game addiction? (11:39)How can people reach out for support? (16:44)How can friends help one another in changing unhealthy gaming habits? (25:33)In This Episode, You Will Learn: Robert’s tip on applying mindfulness to your technology use and misuse. (0:48)How Jeremy overcame his personal video game addiction. (5:25)What to do if you suspect you have a video game addiction. (10:26)How Jeremy incorporates mindfulness into his practice. (15:32)How parents need to address their own screen use. (22:46)Resources: Escaping the .ComAddictive Screen UseComputer Gaming Addicts Anonymous See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
34 minutes | 9 months ago
72: David Klein - How Tech Affects Teens
In episode 72, David Klein joins us for a conversation about America Offline, which aims to create transformational offline experiences for teens and their families. David is passionate about reconnecting through various learning and development programs. Throughout our conversation, David explains how today’s teenagers are a product of how society has developed. He’s witnessed the side effects of technology overuse, and it’s impacting their personalities and how they relate to one another. David continues by sharing some strategies for creating more connection-focused spaces at home. Some Questions I Ask: What motivated you to start America Offline? (4:18)What are the key additional factors other than technology that drive the changes in teenagers today? (11:58)How can people take part in America Offline? (21:50)In This Episode, You Will Learn: Robert’s weekly tip for staying connected and present. (0:48)What’s driving anxiety and depression in kids. (12:36)How America Offline retreats help participants authentically connect with others. (15:32)How David reintegrates smartphones at the end of America Offline retreats to teach kids how to continue to reap the benefits of mindful tech use. (23:27)Resources: America OfflineiGen by Jean Twenge See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
37 minutes | 9 months ago
71: Ashley Sumner - Connecting Face-to-Face
In episode 71, Ashley Sumner joins us for a conversation about how to connect more with people throughout the world, face-to-face. Ashley is the CEO and Co-Founder of Quilt, an app that allows women anywhere to spark offline conversations that bring community together in a fun, safe, and intimate way. Throughout our conversation, you’re going to learn a lot about how she and her organization helps people to use technology to connect with each other. Quilt goes a step further, finding ways to create spaces to raise social awareness and lift up one another’s voices. Some Questions I Ask: What motivated you to start Quilt? (4:08)What has surprised you about how discussion groups have developed organically? (15:03)What role does technology play in Quilt? (18:58)How does Quilt handle online conflicts? (24:58)What’s included in the conversation guidelines? How do you facilitate a conversation with Quilt? (30:48)In This Episode, You Will Learn: How to find new, meaningful ways to connect with others face-to-face. (1:14)How Quilt facilitates welcoming environments to have meaningful conversations. (9:11)What is Quilt’s philosophy on community. (13:05)How Quilt creates social awareness and raises up women’s voices. (25:52)How Quilt creates safe environments for socializing. (26:30)Resources: QuiltInstagram See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
39 minutes | 10 months ago
70: Charlie Hartwell - The Future of Mindful Technology
In episode 70, Charlie Hartwell joins us for a conversation about scaling mindfulness technologies. Charlie is the managing partner of Bridge Builders Collaborative. He’s part of a group of successful investors who have invested in startup companies in the mental wellness, consciousness, and spirituality spaces. Throughout our conversation, Charlie Hartwell shares about how the mental wellness space has grown and shifted over the years, and where it’s at today. He shares about the limitations of the industry, how it’s become secularized over time, and other challenges these startups face in today’s society. Some Questions I Ask: What changes have you seen in the mindfulness industry? (7:06)How are mindfulness technologies being tailored to meet customer needs? (10:36)What limitations does the mental wellness industry have? (19:14)Are you working with any companies that help people meet in person? (30:18)In This Episode, You Will Learn: How letting go can help you become more successful. (3:57)What challenges health & wellness apps face when scaling up. (9:32)How mindfulness practices have been secularized. (18:17)How companies help support consumers’ going deeper into themselves. (27:55)What Charlie looks for when investing in a startup. (34:06)Resources: InstagramMediumRocket Fuel by Gino WickmanFull Catastrophe Living by Jon Kabat-Zinn See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
46 minutes | 10 months ago
69: Dr Wayne Pernell - Deliberately, Actively, & Positively Becoming Human
In episode 69, Dr. Wayne Pernell joins us to talk about realigning actions with intent. As a Global Executive Coach, Wayne brings a suite of resources, training and coaching to lift people up to reach their highest potential of productivity, personal effectiveness, and fulfillment. Throughout our conversation, Dr. Wayne Pernell shares his story for how he entered into the executive coaching world, how to follow through on goals, and what people can do to become more focused and productive overall. He also dives into the idea of becoming more human in a world that’s increasingly dehumanized. Some Questions I Ask: How did you start coaching people for leadership, focus, and productivity? (3:41)How can people realign their actions with their intent? (7:27)Why are we becoming dehumanized? (29:53)In This Episode, You Will Learn: How to take small steps to change your relationship with technology. (0:59)The 4-step process for following through on your goals. (8:43)How to find meaning in your life. (19:06)How to practice being more deeply human. (27:50)How technology dehumanizes us. (30:01)Resources: WebsiteBooks by Dr. Wayne Pernell#StartsWithOneStuck at the TopFacebookInstagram See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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