The best mindfulness apps for iPhone/iPad

April 15, 2012

Kate Crisp, director of the Prison Dharma Network, has done us great favor by downloading and testing 20 or so mindfulness apps for iPad or iPhone. Check out her review here.

Can patience co-exist with technology?

April 12, 2012

Cheryl Stritzel McCarthy, Chicago Tribune: In a world where a new laptop already seems slow, one wonders whether our ever-faster technology is creating a pervasive culture of impatience.

Allan Lokos, who teaches patience as founder of The Community Meditation Center in New York and author of “Patience: The Art of Peaceful Living” (Tarcher), thinks that’s not the case. Rather, technology offers more opportunities to be impatient — but those are also opportunities to build patience.

Technology is external, Lokos says, while the feeling of impatience is internal, he says: “The person who experiences impatience easily is going to experience it in every traffic …

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The Zen at the heart of Steve Jobs’ genius

March 20, 2012

Frederick E. Allen, Forbes: Walter Isaacson, the biographer of Steve Jobs, has a terrific 6,000-word article out at today, and in the forthcoming issue of Harvard Business Review, titled The Real Leadership Lessons of Steve Jobs.

He discusses the many qualities that set Steve Jobs apart from all other innovators ever, but what most struck me reading the piece is the repeated mention of Jobs’ involvement with Zen Buddhism.

After a while, I found myself reading that part of Jobs’ experience and personality into sections of the article where Isaacson didn’t bring it up.

The first element of Jobs’ leadership that Isaacson discusses …

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“It can wait.” A mantra for the 21st century.

March 2, 2012

You’re in the middle of a conversation with a friend, and your phone rings. You stop mid-sentence and suddenly you’re caught up in a phone call. You don’t even think about whether or not to pick up the call. It just happens.

You’re in the car and you hear the ping of a text message arriving. What do you do? Many people succumb to temptation and read the message and — worse — reply to it. (You can recognize those people; they’re the ones in front of you, swerving out of their lane without even realizing it.) Even if you try to ignore the incoming message, you can feel its emotional pull, as if your … Read more »

Grab the free Buddha Machine app for iPad!

December 2, 2011

This isn’t really anything to do with meditation or Buddhism directly, but it’s very cool nonetheless. And it’s not an ad! This is just something I’m enthusiastic about and want to share with you.

The Buddha Machine is a palm-sized plastic box that plays meditative music loops composed by Christiaan Virant and Zhang Jian. It looks like a 1970’s transistor radio, and the music is absolutely gorgeous. I have one of the loops playing in the background right now, and it’s luscious, expansive, and relaxing.

The Buddha Machine costs $23, but there’s an iPad app available which is free for the next five days. For some strange reason the iPhone/iPod app is set at $0.99, … Read more »

Turn On, Tune In, Zone Out: A review of Deepak Chopra’s new game, Leela

November 4, 2011

Blanca Myers: Leela, Deepak Chopra’s debut game for Xbox 360 Kinect and Wii, is part relaxation mechanism, part new-age stoner candy.

The game, which comes out next week, playfully steers you toward the gap between the conscious and the subconscious. There are different levels of gameplay — some help you tune each of your seven chakras, others guide you through meditation and relaxation exercises.

Chopra, a renowned figure in mind-body medicine, says Leela was inspired partly by his studies of spirituality, and partly by his own experimentation with psychedelics decades ago as a medical student. He teamed up with the game publisher THQ and a …

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Ancient spiritual techniques meet modern technology

September 12, 2011

Join Bodhipaksa on a six-week introduction to mindfulness, in which you’ll learn effective techniques to help you tame your wild mind and bring more control, well-being, and tranquillity into your daily life.

You’ve probably heard of Skype — the free service that allows you to make free one-on-one video calls to friends and family all over the globe. But did you know that Skype can now be used for videoconferencing with up to 10 people?


On this innovative course, you’ll have a meditation teacher at your fingertips. Bodhipaksa will guide and support you as you explore two meditation practices:

  • The Mindfulness of Breathing, which helps to quiet the mind, and
  • Lovingkindness Meditation,
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Wildmind blog now available on Amazon Kindle

Wildmind’s blog is now available on your Amazon Kindle.

If you have a Kindle you can subscribe from the Kindle Store. The subscription is free for the first two weeks, and $1.99 per month thereafter. Amazon does not make it possible for us to offer the blog on the Kindle at no cost.

If you’re not sure what a Kindle is, it’s Amazon’s nifty ebook reader. It uses a revolutionary electronic ink screen, so it’s possible to read it even in bright sunlight. In fact the brighter the light, the easier it is to read. And the batteries last for a week or more, so it’s perfect for taking to the beach or for … Read more »

Labyrinths, meditation apps, and a not-so-rolling Stone

September 20, 2010

You’ve heard of meditation labyrinths, where people mindfully walk along complex pathways. These are increasing in popularity, according to the Sydney Morning Herald, which says there are now more than 1000 labyrinths across the US, including at least 170 in hospitals. Somewhat less mainstream are meditation pyramids, which apparently help us retrieve “positive cosmic energy.” I’m skeptical. On the other hand the meditation pond being built by students from the University of Tampa sounds like a lovely idea.

If you go to the meditation pond you may wish to leave your iPhone behind, but if you do take it there’s been a whole bunch of recent news stories about meditation apps, including a … Read more »

Religion, iPhone mingle with spiritual apps

June 15, 2010

Before the Rev. Roderick Belin gets ready to preach, he grabs his Bible and his iPhone.

He uses the mobile device to look up Bible verses and theology texts and to alert him if his sermon runs too long. If he forgets the words to a hymn, his phone can save the day. That’s what happened on a recent Sunday.

“I was singing ‘His Eye is on the Sparrow,’ and I had the first verse but wasn’t too sure about the second,” said Belin, pastor of Kairos Community AME Church. A few taps later on the iPhone, and Belin kept singing without a hitch.

Mobile devices have become a boon to local believers as they’ve … Read more »