How do you deal with the trance-like quality of immersion in the digital world?
Mindfulness invites us to live fully in an unpredictable real world where we have no control over what happens next. But in cyberspace, we can inhabit an entrancing virtual reality designed to make us feel competent, in control, and safe.
It should come as no surprise that, in our culture, immersion in cyber activities far outpace the interest in Mindfulness. But according to Tara Brach, author of Radical Acceptance and True Refuge, this seductively numbing cybertrance is not inescapable.
In this quick video with Networker Editor Rich Simon, she speaks—as a parent as well as a mindfulness practitioner—about her experience of challenging the cyberworld’s hold on her teenage son.
Tara Brach, PhD, is a clinical psychologist, lecturer, and popular teacher of Buddhist mindfulness (vipassana) meditation. She is author of Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life with the Heart of a Buddha and True Refuge: Finding Peace and Freedom in Your Own Awakened Heart.
Did you enjoy this video? You might also be interested in our interview with Jack Kornfield, "A Doorway to Mystery," in which he explains the importance of creating "a sacred space" in therapy and specific practices therapists can use to bring ritual into their work. Or, check out Ron Siegel on Mindfulness in the January/February 2015 issue of the magazine—Mindfulness Goes Viral: What Would Buddha Do?
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