I’m fascinated by technology and committed to exploring ways to teach meditation more effectively. I want to use technology to reach as many people as possible in our global village, so that we can spread the benefits of mindfulness and compassion.
An amazing opportunity has come up. I won a competition and was selected by Google to explore the potential of Google Glass, the new wearable computing gizmo with a head-mounted display, voice recognition, and audio and visual recording capabilities.
This could be an amazing tool for teaching.
I’m now officially a Google Glass Explorer (or #GlassExplorer)!
You’ve probably heard of Google’s “Project Glass.” It’s the virtual reality display that sits on your face like glasses, and allows you to receive and send messages, or to make video or audio recordings.
Here’s a video, giving you a first person view of “what it’s like.”
I’ve been officially selected to try out Google glass, based on a submission I wrote for their competition.
On Feb 26 I wrote:
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#ifihadglass it would be to use it as a mindfulness teaching tool, plucking moments of beauty from ordinary life, creating full-immersion audiovisual haikus to share with the world, showing how every moment is a opportunity for
Watch this video. And ask others to watch it.
Of course in a sense our screens are doing no more to us than presenting us with sensory input, or opportunities for sensory input. And so the question is more “what are we doing with our screens,” or even “what are we losing while we are attending to the input from our screens.”
In my case, one of the significant things I’m losing is the quality and quantity of my sleep. I stay up too late reading. I always (thanks to the Zite and Pocket apps) have plenty of thought-provoking articles queued up, ready to read. As a consequence I end up being chronically sleep-deprived. I’m … Read more »
As you probably know, I’m keen on seeing how technology can be harnessed to enhance spiritual practice in the modern world. Wildmind was the first website, as far as I’m aware, to attempt to offer a systematic and comprehensive guide to meditation. We also were ahead of the game in offering online courses in meditation, way back in 2002. And our Google+ Community is an outstanding example of how the internet can be used to create a supportive and encouraging spiritual community.
So I was very interested to hear that Google was looking for people to explore their new virtual reality glasses, Project Glass. Here’s the gist:
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We’re looking for bold, creative individuals who want
This is an excellent phone etiquette idea. People often want to spend more time texting the people they’re not with than paying attention to the people they are with, and in doing so they deprive themselves of the opportunity to make rich emotional connections with others.
We need to develop ways, like this one, of dealing with our addictions to technology and to multitasking. Otherwise we risk becoming road-kill on the information superhighway.
Eli Greenblat, The Age: If you, like most office workers, open your email first thing in the morning, then you might be setting yourself up for a horrible day and wasting hundreds of hours a year.
The work email inbox is a “pandora’s box” of nitty-gritty detail, gossip and distractions that are best dealt with later in the morning, and pressing the “send receive” button as soon as you slouch in your seat is the worst way to start your day.
These are the somewhat controversial views of Danish organisational behavioural expert and corporate consultant Rasmus Hougaard, who has taken his new way …
I just stumbled across a lovely column by author Pico Iyer in the New York Times on “The Joy of Quiet.”
He discusses how overwhelmed we are:
In barely one generation we’ve moved from exulting in the time-saving devices that have so expanded our lives to trying to get away from them — often in order to make more time. The more ways we have to connect, the more many of us seem desperate to unplug.
I tend to think of us — well, most of us, anyway — as being a bit like early 20th century rubes from the sticks who have just arrived on Times Square, and are dazzled by the … Read more »
Demi Lovato has given up her cell phone and taken up meditation as part of a healthy new lifestyle, according to The Daily Dish.
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The singer-turned-TV talent show judge has battled numerous personal problems over the last few years and checked into rehab in 2010 to address issues including bipolar disorder, self-harming and an eating disorder.
Lovato has since landed a new job as a judge on “The X Factor” and embraced a healthy new lifestyle regime, which includes meditation and giving up her cell phone.
She tells Self magazine, “I make time for myself and meditate. I’ve spent the past two years getting over an eating disorder and issues like self-harming and bipolar
The cover of Search Inside Yourself is a clever riff on Google’s famous multicolored logo, and this is appropriate given that the author is a long-term Google employee and that the material is based on a course developed for Google’s staff.
Meng, as he is called, is a long-term meditator. Quite how long I’m not sure, but he refers to meditating before he joined Google (which was in 1999). Google’s workers are allowed to spend 20% of their time on personal projects, and so Meng and some of his colleagues spent that time developing a personal-development course which had meditation and mindfulness at its core.The course was jokingly called Search Inside Yourself, and the name … Read more »