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Robert Plotkin, co-creator of the “Hack Your Mind” series at MIT, explores the intersection between the practice of mindfulness and the use of technology in the modern age on the Technology For Mindfulness Podcast. Show notes can be found at TechnologyForMindfulness.com/, and you can also follow us at https://twitter.com/TechForMindful and https://www.facebook.com/TechnologyForMindfulness/. Come back often and feel free to subscribe in iTunes or add the Technology For Mindfulness Podcast to your favorite podcast application. Find more information at http://TechnologyForMindfulness.com/.
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Robert Plotkin, co-creator of the “Hack Your Mind” series at MIT, explores the intersection between the practice of mindfulness and the use of technology in the modern age on the Technology For Mindfulness Podcast. Show notes can be found at TechnologyForMindfulness.com/, and you can also follow us at https://twitter.com/TechForMindful and https://www.facebook.com/TechnologyForMindfulness/. Come back often and feel free to subscribe in iTunes or add the Technology For Mindfulness Podcast to your favorite podcast application. Find more information at http://TechnologyForMindfulness.com/.
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    95. 5 Benefits of Social Media

    95. 5 Benefits of Social Media

    Social media is an undeniable presence in everyone's lives nowadays; some kind of virtual connection touches even those who don't post every moment in their daily routines. And social media is not only omnipresent, but it also has a bad reputation for how it negatively influences kids, oppressed minorities, or people going through hard times in particular. Nevertheless, not everything is lost; we still have a lot of control over how we use technology and whether we decide to use social media for our own benefit or not. 
    In this episode, we will focus on the benefits of using social media. We will list and explore five aspects that can be very beneficial not only for us but also for the community through the proper use of virtual connections. I invite you to discover how social media can strengthen relationships with friends and relatives, help us acquire better habits, assist introverts, reduce stigmas over diseases, leverage the students' experiences, and more. 
    Tune in to Episode 95 of Technology for Mindfulness to view social media from a different perspective and perhaps give it a second chance. 
    In This Episode, You Will Learn:
    Smartphones and advanced communication technology are not bad inherently; we choose what to do with them (1:25)Social media used as a means to connect with people we don't see very often or to seek support during challenging times (3:42) Social media and the creation of healthy and productive habits (6:07)How introverts can reduce their social anxiety in social media (10:18)Public figures showing up as mere humans and helping diminish the stigma over certain conditions, sexual orientation, and traumas (12:19)How students can use social media to make their learning process smooth and most effective (16:27)
    Resources:
    Pew Research Center - Demographics of Key Social Networking Platforms Pew Research Center - Teens' Social Media Habits and ExperiencesBook: Nicholas A. Christakis, James H. Fowler - Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives -- How Your Friends' Friends' Friends Affect Everything You Feel, Think, and DoUSA Today - Interview with James Fowler: Fee-fi-foe-friend: Smell the blood of a kindred spirit?The Stigma Project - FacebookNational School Board Association - Grunwald Associates LLC: CREATING & CONNECTING: Research and Guidelines on Online Social — and Educational — Networking
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    • 20 min
    94. Dave Kenneally: The Common Misconception About Mindfulness Meditation

    94. Dave Kenneally: The Common Misconception About Mindfulness Meditation

    Many people believe that mindfulness meditation is about stopping thoughts from popping into our heads, which is, needless to say, impossible. As they can't prevent themselves from having thoughts, that belief makes them stop trying mindfulness meditation. 
    Mindfulness meditation is not about preventing our minds from having thoughts but being aware of them. And being aware of those thoughts is different from knowing we have them; the difference might seem subtle but is massive. 
    Today, my guest is the mindfulness teacher, Brother Dave Kenneally, former Sargeant in the US Marine Corps and former Buddhist Monk in the Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh tradition. He travels the world spreading his knowledge, teaching business leaders, yoga instructors, cancer patients and their families, teens, and military veterans, among many others. He is a Certified Teacher of the Search Inside Yourself Program and an Ordained member of the Order of Interbeing.  
    We had a joyful conversation about his mentors and their teachings along his journey and how they impacted him, the meaning of mindfulness, and the gifts the Zen tradition has to offer. He explained the concept of "understanding is love," and he also talked about why he decided to become a monk. 
    Tune in to Episode 93 of Technology for Mindfulness and listen to Dave's fascinating story about love, reaching mindfulness, and awareness.
    Some Questions I Ask:
     What's your story and how did you get started with mindfulness? (5:23)Can you talk about where gentleness and self-compassion fit your own development and in your own teaching? (12:34)You've been talking primarily about attitudes towards yourself, your own feelings, your own thoughts, and cultivating it from that direction. If I'd like to be more compassionate, how do I just go ahead? (18:08)Is there anything you can share about how you've been able to bring your own mindfulness practices to bear on this extremely challenging time? (22:23)
    In This Episode, You Will Learn:
    Dave's definition of mindfulness (6:03)Yoga as a raw concentration practice (10:48)Understanding is love (13:32)One of the Zen practice's gifts (19:00)The consequences of being at war with our thoughts (31:50)
    Resources:
    Dave Kenneally website
    Connect with Dave:
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    • 44 min
    93. 5 Mindfulness Practices For Stressed Out Teachers

    93. 5 Mindfulness Practices For Stressed Out Teachers

    Most of the stress triggers that affect a teacher's routine can't be controlled by them—the parents' demands, budget cuts, and the difficulties that teaching in the virtual spectrum offers, to name a few. After a challenging 2020, it is not a surprise that educators deal with higher stress levels than any other profession. 
    A recent study from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation showed that nearly 70% of teachers reported a lack of engagement with their jobs and that 50% experience work-related stress daily. 
    However, teachers can control something to reduce their stress levels inside and outside the classroom: their reaction to these stressors.
    In this episode, I want to share with you 5 mindfulness practices you can incorporate into your daily routine to empower yourself and manage your stress more efficiently. 
    To hear more, tune in to Episode 93 of Technology for Mindfulness!
    In This Episode, You Will Learn:
    What a daily session of guided mindfulness meditation can do for us (2:37)The power of mindful walking (4:15)Deep breathing to exhale stress (7:54)Becoming aware of each part of our bodies (12:09)Writing about our sensations to learn from our emotions (13:49)
    Resources:
    Headspace appInsight Timer appCalm appMindful Teachers websiteMindful Schools websiteBook: Patricia Jennings - Mindfulness for Teachers: Skills for Peace and Productivity in the Classroom
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    • 19 min
    92. Ryder Carroll: A Mindfulness Practice Disguised as a Productivity Method

    92. Ryder Carroll: A Mindfulness Practice Disguised as a Productivity Method

    In this day and age, we’re using technology for almost everything. Whether it’s for keeping notes, making to-do lists, planning your week, or simply sharing your thoughts, there’s an app for anything we need.
     
    But is using them always a good idea? Pen and paper have been used for centuries by people to keep track of their activities, come up with ideas, and organize their life. And there are certain benefits to using your hands to write things down - one of them being it allows your mind to focus on other things also.
     
    Today, I am joined by Ryder Carroll, the creator of the Bullet Journal Methodology – a mindfulness practice disguised as a productivity method, as he would call it. You will hear him talk about his method – how he came up with the idea, how it’s evolved over time, and how people are benefiting from it to keep track of tasks and manage a whole wide variety of life situations, by using just pen and paper.
     
    Ryder is also the author of the bestselling book The Bullet Journal Method, an essential guide to avoiding all-too-common beginner mistakes and building a core discipline from which you can personalize your practice.
     
    Tune in to Episode 92 of Technology for Mindfulness to learn how to focus your time and energy in pursuit of what’s truly meaningful to you and design your future in the process.  
     
    Some Questions I Ask:
    What was the problem in your life that you didn’t see being solved by other types of task management, that caused you to come up with something new? (05:46)What are the key aspects of the Bullet Journal? (11:36)Are you encouraging people to explore what works for them individually? (18:29)Can you talk about how your active community uses the Bullet Journal Method? (19:49)Is there anything new that you’re coming up with for the Bullet Journal Method? (34:05)Do you have any advice for people on how they can benefit from the Bullet Journal? (35:15) 
    In This Episode, You Will Learn:
    The beginnings of the Bullet Journal Method. (07:26)Why Bullet Journal is different from other productivity methods. (13:05)The powerful connection between your mind and your hand. (15:28)How to balance distractions. (16:49)How low-tech tools can sometimes be more useful than technology. (21:59)How pen and paper can help with using technology more intentionally. (25:24)The goal of the Bullet Journal Method. (27:27)How a notebook can become an extension of yourself. (32:20) 
    Connect with Ryder:
    LinkedInInstagram 
    Bullet Journal Resources:
    WebsiteBook: Ryder Carroll – The Bullet Journal Method: Track the Past, Order the Present, Design the FutureInstagramFacebookYoutubePinterest
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    • 37 min
    91. Mindfully Entering Into 2021

    91. Mindfully Entering Into 2021

    Throughout the past year, we’ve experienced lots of changes with regard to our relationship with technology. Some of them are positive shifts, like using video conferencing platforms more, to stay in touch with our loved ones. But many changes may have been negative also, like spending more time than usual on social media or watching the news more than we should have.
     
    For everyone, the impact technology has had in 2020 is different, but it’s important to spend some time reflecting on those changes, and recognizing which ones benefit us and what are the habits we formed that can become detrimental to our wellbeing moving forward in 2021.
     
    In today’s episode, I share with you the three steps to mindfully enter into the new year, and how to tackle each one so that you can be more in control of your relationship with technology.
     
    To hear more, tune in to Episode 91 of Technology for Mindfulness!
     
    In This Episode, You Will Learn:
    The three steps to mindfully enter into 2021 (01:20)Some examples of how 2020 may have affected your technology habits (02:25)The importance of reflecting on the changes that happened without you noticing (04:02)How to properly set your intentions for 2021 (08:00)The advantage of having a plan of action set in place for your intentions (11:58) 
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    • 14 min
    90. Karlee Fain: Why Mindfulness is Our Most Effective Professional Tool

    90. Karlee Fain: Why Mindfulness is Our Most Effective Professional Tool

    When it comes to setting our own boundaries, the thought can sometimes be a little daunting. 
    Joining me today is Celebrity Business and Boundary Coach and Founder of The Boundary Academy, Karlee Fain, who is here to share her personal expertise on this topic, as well as discuss why mindfulness is such a valuable tool in both our personal and professional lives.
    In this episode, I ask Karlee a few pressing questions on how she made her start within the personal development industry, why becoming aware of our technological habits can help us to set clear boundaries, and the effect that the Coronavirus has had on our productivity levels. 
    To hear more, tune in to Episode 90 of Technology for Mindfulness!
    Some Questions I Ask:
    What motivated you to pursue the field of life coaching? (6:47)What advice can you give to those who may not have as much time to dedicate to changing their nightly routines? (10:18)What issues do your coaching clients generally encounter? (14:11)How do you help individuals who don’t have a regular mindfulness practice start to notice their behaviors? (17:06)How do you help those who are completely new to mindfulness and personal development? (21:38)What could your techniques look like to someone who may not have as much leniency with their work breaks? (26:49)
    In This Episode You Will Learn:
    Why I believe in setting boundaries on your technology use (0:57)Why setting a ‘conscious plan’ in regards to your technology is a form of self-care (2:22)How pausing and staying present helped me to manage my news intake (12:00)How mindfulness, meditation, and respite can be leveraged as a business tool (18:47)The difference that having a cultural, social, and communal awareness can make (31:43)Some background on Karlee’s work & How the pandemic has made boundary setting so much more challenging (39:12)
    Connect With Robert Plotkin:
    Technology For Mindfulness WebsiteBlueshift IP WebsiteLinkedIn
    Connect With Karlee Fain:
    Facebook Instagram Website
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    • 47 min

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68 Ratings

Provlovemav ,

LOVED BEING GUESTS ON THIS PODCAST

We had such an incredible time chatting with Robert. Thank you for having us! We loved this episode!

robertamedia ,

Amazing for lovers of tech and mindfulness!

I stumbled across the podcast yesterday and haven’t been able to put it down! Over the past year I’ve been desperately finding something or something who could help me combine my love for technology & UX career along with my mindfulness meditation practice.

Robert’s episodes are so well crafted and he talks to such great practitioners and experts in the field about their experience. Please keep the content coming! I don’t feel so long anymore 🙏🏽

Livingphil ,

Plotnick is fine

Good listen

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