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Seeking: How the brain hard-wires us to love Google, Twitter, and texting and why that's dangerous.

Seeking: How the brain hard-wires us to love Google, Twitter, and texting and why that's dangerous. | Lived Time | Scoop.it
Seeking. You can't stop doing it. Sometimes it feels as if the basic drives for food, sex, and sleep have been overridden by a new need for endless nuggets of electronic information.
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Lived Time
Exploring the limitations and alternatives to a pervasive world view that sees ‘time as money’.
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A summary of the book

Summary slides of the ideas in the book, it may give you a sense of what to follow up either on this page or in the book.

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Reflections: Ajahn Sucitto: Off the Map

Reflections: Ajahn Sucitto: Off the Map | Lived Time | Scoop.it

'One insight is that contact is the basis of suffering. The other is that by the complete cooling and cessation of contact no more suffering is produced.' (Sutta-Nipata 735)*

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The former Abbot of Chithurst monastery was my teacher for 3 years on the retreat I completed in December 2015. He is now off the map living, very definitely, on lived time. But he still blogs. I love that. A real gift to those of us who miss his wisdom which was so accessible at Chithurst. Happy trails, Ajahn. Happy reading those of you who take the time to stop and attend to this.

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Interpersonal Meditation: Awakening as Relational Beings

Interpersonal Meditation: Awakening as Relational Beings | Lived Time | Scoop.it
Podcast: Download Episode Description: Gregory Kramer, teacher of an interpersonal meditation practice called Insight Dialogue (and author of a book with the same title) joins us to explore the question of, “What is the path of awakening, when we realize that we are essentially relational beings?” We discuss his early path as a meditator and …
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I will be adding a new category of resources to this page: mindful communication. These are linked to lived time, giving deep attention to those around us, but are more focussed on the interpersonal than the intrapersonal.

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Ten Mindful Ways to Use Social Media | Tricycle

Ten Mindful Ways to Use Social Media | Tricycle | Lived Time | Scoop.it

I’ve realized, however, that the greatest lesson we can all learn is that less is enough.

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How to use social media mindfully. Yes, we can work to use technology in the service of lived time.

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Living on Internet Time - The New Yorker

Living on Internet Time - The New Yorker | Lived Time | Scoop.it

"We seem to have entered the Age of Relativity, wherein we finally experience time as Einstein imagined it, contracting and expanding relative to the velocities of observers. If it’s an anxious moment concerning time, it’s also a playful and expansive one. All temporal bets are off, including, given climate change, the seasons. It’s still one earth, but it is now subtended by a layer of highly elastic non-time, wild time, that is akin to a global collective unconscious wherein past, present, and future occupy one unmediated plane."

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Interesting exploration of 'asynchronicity' and its impact on our perception of time

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How the internet is making it harder to read books

How the internet is making it harder to read books | Lived Time | Scoop.it
Online scanning is changing our brain's circuitry to make serious reading more difficult.
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Google's head of mindfulness: 'goodness is good for business'

Google's head of mindfulness: 'goodness is good for business' | Lived Time | Scoop.it
Chade-Meng Tan, the search engine giant's Jolly Good Fellow, on meditation, acceptance and the power of positive businessChade-Meng Tan's job description would never get past most companies' human resources departments.
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Counting minutes with the watch without a face

Counting minutes with the watch without a face | Lived Time | Scoop.it

Just two sentences in, I felt my watch vibrate and instinctively looked down to my wrist, expecting to see a pixelated notification on a monochrome Pebble display. Then I remembered Durr isn't like other watches. It doesn't tell the time, it doesn't give me notifications, it just vibrates every five minutes. As I put the finishing touches on the article and prepared to post it to the site, Durr vibrated again, reminding me just how long this was taking.  I’ve since found it makes me more productive than any smartwatch ever has. While Pebble distracts me with its incessant buzzing, Durr calls me out when I'm taking too long making a GIF, it lets me know when that article probably should've been up two minutes ago, and, as I write this review, it's telling me that browsing lists on BuzzFeed is definitely not going to help me finish this paragraph.

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Why Giving Up My Cell Phone For 44 Days Changed My Life

Why Giving Up My Cell Phone For 44 Days Changed My Life | Lived Time | Scoop.it
After a particularly difficult year, where several things I was very invested in came to an untimely end, I decided to take a break and leave home for a six week trip to write, reflect, meditate and
Mariana Funes's insight:

Another example of developing a practice of lived time. Moving against that which feels natural and setting up rules - like phone now charges in the bathroon not in the bedroom - to stop clock time taking over

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Adam Magyar slow motion video

The results are fantastic, turning everyday commuters into living sculptures. In Magyar’s sloth-paced world, the slightest movement seems to take on massive significance.

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Watch this and notice all that you miss as you rush into that commuter train each morning

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Delicious Pie And The Value Of Patience

Presenting Onion Talks: the most important ideas from greatest thinkers on the planet. No mind will be left unchanged.

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A light hearted look at taking time for life....and at the trend to simplify the world through the TED talk format. 

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Meditate for More Profitable Decisions

Meditate for More Profitable Decisions | Lived Time | Scoop.it

All volunteers were then given a sunk-cost dilemma and asked to make a decision. In each study – whether it was online or in the laboratory - volunteers who had undergone mindfulness practice were significantly more likely to resist the sunk cost bias. What was surprising, says Kinias, was the magnitude of the affect that came after such a short period of meditation. “In one of our experiments more than half the participants in the control condition committed the sunk cost bias whereas only 22 percent committed it following the 15 minute mindfulness meditation - that’s a pretty dramatic effect.”

 

“There may be cases when processing of the past can be useful for making decisions,” she concedes, “but what our research suggests is that people make better choices in the present moment when letting go of sunk costs is required to make the best decision.”

Mariana Funes's insight:

Our self narrative continues to need evidence that the busy mind is barren, as Socrates apparently warned many moons ago. This study offers just that evidence. We make better decisions when mindful and when taught how to be in lived time rather than clock time. This comes from a relieble source. Full article will cost $35 as it is not open access.

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The American Scholar: Reading Fast and Slow

The American Scholar: Reading Fast and Slow | Lived Time | Scoop.it
The speed at which our eyes travel across the printed page has serious (and surprising) implications for the way we make sense of words
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MBSR and Buddhist Mindfulness: Seeking Continuities, Not Differences | Buddhistdoor

MBSR and Buddhist Mindfulness: Seeking Continuities, Not Differences | Buddhistdoor | Lived Time | Scoop.it
As anyone interested in meditation or Buddhism will have noticed, there has been considerable coverage recently of the benefits of mindfulness in a so-called “secular” setting. The discussion has cent...

Via Nicole S. Bakhazi
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Timely exploration of potential limitations of the secular mindfulness movement and the impact of separating it from the wider context it comes from - Buddhism.

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Want to be happy? Slow down

Want to be happy? Slow down | Lived Time | Scoop.it

[finding stillness is] easy and hard. It’s easy but it takes time. The Dalai Lama often says, “The problem in the West is people want enlightenment to be fast, to be easy, and if possible, cheap.” So by cheap, he doesn’t mean by paying money, but cheap in the sense of “you know, just do it casually, it will work.” But you don’t become a good pianist instantly; we’re not born knowing how to read and write, everything comes through training, and what’s wrong with that? Skills don’t just pop up because you wish to be more compassionate or happier. It needs sustained application. But it’s joy in the form of effort. Everybody who trains to do something, musicians, sportsmen and so on, says there’s a sort of joy in their training, even if it seems to be harsh. So in that sense, it does take time. But why not spend time? We don’t mind spending 15 years on education, why not the same to become a better human being?

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A great conversation exploring preconceptions about the contemplative life. Stillness is not absence but presence. Finding stillness takes time. Stillness is not just quiet and inner stillness takes work. We need to deal with the inner condition to be able to live beyond clock time. Running from our problems with distractions simply leads to 'running into them' at some later stage. Read this. 

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Why can’t we read anymore?

Why can’t we read anymore? | Lived Time | Scoop.it
Or, Can books save us from what digital does to our brains?
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Freedom

Freedom | Lived Time | Scoop.it

Freedom is the wonderful app that locks you away from the Internet so you can be more productive.

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Freedom costs only ten dollars! Who would have thought it was that cheap!

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The Paradox of Wu-Wei or effortless action

The Paradox of Wu-Wei or effortless action | Lived Time | Scoop.it

I had this problem where I was arguing with all these different stories and different texts and saying they're all about wu-wei, they're all about effortless action, but many of the stories don't use the term wu-wei. So how can I say they're really talking about the same concept if they're not using the word? My only solution at that point was just to put the stories side by side and go, "Eh?" Reading about metaphor theory changed everything. The basic argument that Lakoff and Johnson lay out is that we're not disembodied minds floating around somewhere. We are embodied creatures.

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Reading Brigid Schulte’s Overwhelmed

Reading Brigid Schulte’s Overwhelmed | Lived Time | Scoop.it

Brigid Schulte has several answers to why, but the claim I found most compelling was her analysis that “somewhere around the end of the 20th century, busyness became not just a way of life but a badge of honor.”

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Some thoughts on Overwhelmed that are very aligned with the ideas on my Lived Time book -  the obstacles to having all the time in the world are not 'out there' but very much 'in here'. When our identity is tied up with being busier that the rest of them - no technique will help us change our lifestyle. 

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Mindhacking: Finding Serenity in a Tech-Obsessed World

Mindhacking: Finding Serenity in a Tech-Obsessed World | Lived Time | Scoop.it
This week New Tech City helps you learn how to unplug and regain your piece of mind in a world filled with texts, pings, meeting reminders and social media notifications. Take a deep breath, turn off your smartphone and tune in for a "digital detox" chock full of tips on how to identify your core goals and stick to them in the digital age.
Mariana Funes's insight:

Sound advise to regain control of your digital life. Podcast is 20 minutes long, an upbeat summary of ancient idea. We need to work against habit to be on lived time

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We need to talk about ted...

We need to talk about ted... | Lived Time | Scoop.it
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Solutionism and how our addiction to it stops us from seeing that life is more than an infomercial.Easy solutions look good on a TED stage but can rarely be implemented in lived time.

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Technology and the Innovation of Loneliness

Technology and the Innovation of Loneliness | Lived Time | Scoop.it
Shimi Cohen's video explores scientifically based reasons behind why we feel lonely in the digital age. A video about technology and the increase in loneliness.
Mariana Funes's insight:

We redefine mere connection as conversation and wonder why we feel lonely. We do this because technology allows us to interact whilst offering ourselves to others in constant edit where actual conversation is unpredictable and cannot be controlled. We have solved the problem of difficult people through our use of online tools for network building. Can technology support lived time instead? Is the success of video chatting a glimmer of hope that we are starting to see the downwsides of over-reliance on virtual networks for building intimate relationships? The video is under 5 minutes long and tackles these issues head on: our tools are defining our sense of self. We share therefore we are -  and if we do not share then what?

 

 

We have forgotten to how to turn by ourselves to ourselves, as Sherry Turkle warns, loneliness is nothing more than failed aloness. She says: "And it has left me thinking about solitude—the kind that refreshes and restores. Loneliness is failed solitude.To experience solitude you must be able to summon yourself by yourself; otherwise, you will only know how to be lonely"

 

 

Well worth the time to watch several times and let it sink in past the rationalisations of why the ideas do not really (really really) apply to you...

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Better Engineering through Meditation, Mindfulness?

Better Engineering through Meditation, Mindfulness? | Lived Time | Scoop.it

At Intel, more than 1,500 employees have participated in the year-old Awake@Intel program. The mindfulness-based realization classes use psychological techniques to heighten attention and awareness non-judgmentally.


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Clare Myatt's curator insight, October 8, 2013 4:20 PM

I hope more in the corporate world will follow this great example.