Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Via Lion's Roar / Seeing Beyond the Screen

Seeing Beyond the Screen
Yael Shy on how to bring mindfulness into your digital life.
The key to mindful living “off the cushion” is building in a pause to check in with our intention, our body, and our heart before we reach for our favorite distractions. Nowhere is this more palpable and powerful than in our relationships to our devices. When do you reach for your phone? When do you click on social media sites? How do you feel right before heading to your page on the site? What happens in your mind while scrolling or posting? How do you feel afterward?

Via Lion's Roar / Finding Wisdom in the Smartphone


I invented a new practice for myself recently. Here’s the instruction: don’t look at your phone.

That’s what I tell myself when I feel myself start to get restless. Waiting for the elevator. Waking up in the morning. Standing alone at a party.

And it doesn’t mean Never look at your phone. There are many moments throughout the day when it’s reasonable to do so. But I often look at my phone by default, even when there’s no reason to. Or, worse, I look at it because I’m avoiding something uncomfortable — like a squishy emotion.

When I try this new practice of not looking at my phone, I discover a lot. Sometimes, choosing not to look at my phone reminds me that there’s something I’m avoiding. Other times, it reminds me to relax and enjoy myself. And other times still, it prompts me to ask: what am I using this phone for?

Most of us have smartphones — literal supercomputers strapped to our hips. How are we using them? How are they using us? I find that when I start asking these questions, this object of distraction starts to become an object of meditation.

—Sam Littlefair, editor, LionsRoar.com

PS: If you want to take your smartphone practice a step further, check out our growing list of Buddhist iPhone apps.

Via Daily Dharma: The Open Arms of Dharma

The dharma, it seems, is big enough not just to endure us, but to embrace us, in all of our muck and glory.

—Anne Cushman, “Under The Lens: An American Zen Community In Crisis