Technology For Mindfulness

6/29/2020

80: Ron Purser - Discussing The Origins of Mindfulness

Ep. 80
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 - PodcastMcMindfulness - Book
6/15/2020

79: Paul Minors - The Journey To ‘Technology For Mindfulness’

Ep. 79
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 ChannelTwitterInstagramFacebookResources: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
6/1/2020

78: Kayla Kozan - The Need For Corporate Wellness & Mindfulness Within The Workplace

Ep. 78
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)
5/18/2020

77: How To Be Productive Working Remotely - And Stay Connected To Others

Ep. 77
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
4/20/2020

75: Nadja Streiter - Modeling Healthy Tech Habits

Ep. 75
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
4/6/2020

74: Caroline Welch - Getting Present

Ep. 74
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