On September 25, 2013 at 7:10am, I realized I was bored with the internet and my mobile devices. Together they have contributed to my font of trivial knowledge. But it has been a very long time since I delved deeply enough into a topic to fully understand it, or to contribute to it with original ideas. And perhaps most important, I have been losing my sense of nuance. All discourse seems to fall on one side or the other. Intellectually I have been anything but mindful. In fact, the constant barrage of information, updates, and check-ins, and the 24-hour availability of me and everyone I know, has turned me into a cognitive fight or flight machine.
Thursday, September 19, 2013
We've started a new, open, drop-in meditation on Wednesday nights at 7:00p in Philadelphia. It's held at Old First Reformed Church at 4th and Race. All are welcome, donations are accepted. Hope to see you there.
Details are on our MeetUp page here.
Monday, September 9, 2013
This post builds on my post, Our Fear of Silence, that was published on PsychCentral. It originally appeared in January.
With all of the focus on keeping one’s attention on the breath, mindfulness meditation begins to sound like an internal experience. But if the goal is full awareness of the present moment, we must not shut out the external world while placing our attention on the breath. For this reason, I often find it effective to remain present by focusing on the sounds around me.