Digital Addiction Research Analysis

The World Health Organisation is to include gaming disorder, the inability to stop gaming, into the International Classification of Diseases.

By doing so, the WHO is recognising the serious and growing problem of digital addiction.

The problem has also been acknowledged by Google, which recently announced that it will begin focusing on Digital Well-being

Meditation and Exercise

Meditate with Everyday Movement

Dear Mindful Readers,

You don’t always have to be perched on a cushion or chair to be mindful. Adding mindfulness to any physical activity you already do is a simple way to weave a bit of extra practice into your day.

Here are three ways to get up and move with mindfulness:

1) First, walk the (mindful) walk.

Our time spent walking is often used to think about where we’re going, and what we’ll do once we get there. Instead of mental time travelling, use your walk as an opportunity to practice present moment awareness.

This guided meditation grounds you in the present, whether you’re on your way to work, taking a stroll around the block, or even just walking down a hallway.

2) Then, be active at your desk.

Hit that mid-afternoon slump? Before you reach for another coffee, reach for the floor — and then the ceiling — with mindful stretching.

Taking a short movement break has the potential to snap you out of a sluggish mood, while supplying you with energy to power through the rest of the day.

Follow this mindful movement practice to build some caffeine-free stimulation.

3) Finally, boost your brain—and brawn.

Mindful exercise makes you more aware of how your body feels, so you can reap the full benefits of working out without pushing yourself too hard—or slacking off. Not really a gym rat?

Good news: research suggests that those who pay greater attention to their workout actually enjoy it more.

Next time you go to lace up your running shoes or unroll your yoga mat, try these eight ways to add mindfulness to your exercise routine.

The Mindful Editors

YouTube Playlist Link. Dr Jonathan Moch

The joy of early rising

Aidan Hartley.

I wake at 4 a.m. these days.

At that time you might hear a lion or a braying zebra, but the birds and bullfrogs are quiet under the constellations.

False dawn comes an hour later with the liquid song of sandgrouse and the bustards cackling as they angle into the first light.

Just before sunrise the birdsong becomes a sound cloud rising from the valley up on to the plains.

The cattle spill out of the boma bellowing and mooing and then later, at seven, comes the sound of men’s voices arriving at work, diesel engines warming up, chickens, dogs barking.

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Tech and Empathy. Mixing oil with water?

Katie Couric Interview:

Our Brains on Tech and the Power of Empathy

Katie Couric’s new series, America Inside Out, takes a deep dive into the topics plaguing our country right now.

She chats with Blue Zones founder Dan Buettner about the effects of technology and the power of empathy in the digital age.

What can gardening teach you about life.

Gardens are mirrors of our lives, says

environmental artist tobacco brown,

and we must cultivate them with care to harvest their

full beauty.

Drawing on her experience bringing natural public art installations to cities around the world,

brown reveals what gardening can teach us about

creating lives of compassion, connection and grace.

The pressing need for everyone to quieten their egos

We live in some times.

On the one hand, things are better than they’ve ever been.

Overall rates of violence, poverty, and disease are down.

There have been substantial increases in education, longevity, leisure time, and safety.

On the other hand…

We are more divided than ever as a species.

Tribalism and identity politics are rampant on all sides of everything.

Steven Pinker and other intellectuals think that the answer is a return to Enlightenment values– things like reason, individualism, and the free expression of as many ideas as possible and an effective method for evaluating the truth of them.

I agree that this is part of the solution, but I think an often underdiscussed part of the problem is much more fundamental: all of our egos are just too damn loud.

Watching debates in the media (and especially on YouTube) lately has been making my head explode.

There seems to be this growing belief that the goal is always to win.

Not have a dialectical, well-intentioned, mutual search for overarching principles and productive ways forward that will improve humanity– but to just win and destroy.