How to Reduce Digital Distractions: Advice from Medieval Monks

Medieval monks had a terrible time concentrating.

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Aeon is a digital magazine of ideas and culture. Since September 2012 they have been publishing some of the most profound and provocative thinking on the web. They ask the big questions and find the freshest, most original answers, provided by leading thinkers on science, philosophy, society, and the arts. Aeon was founded in London by Paul and Brigid Hains. It now has offices in London, Melbourne, and New York. Aeon is a not-for-profit and operated by Aeon Media Group Ltd., committed to big ideas, serious enquiry, and a humane worldview. That’s it.

6 Smart Ways Technology Can Benefit Your Health

Smart technology has been used in almost every aspect of people's lives. Smart home security has given many homeowners peace of mind. While this wave of technology is overwhelming, it can be beneficial for living a healthy lifestyle. When it comes to taking care of your health, smart technology can help you out. Here are just some ways smart technology is benefiting your health and well-being.

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In 2010 I graduated from the New York School of Design and moved to Austin, TX. Since moving to Dallas, I’ve married my sweetheart, started a family, and founded a company in which I assist with interior design work. I have recently begun delving into the writing scene and enjoy writing about design, homes, and family life! To read some of my other writings check out my blog http://hickshomeanddeisgn.strikingly.comhttps://www.facebook.com/hicksinteiordesignhttps://twitter.com/ashhicksdesign

 

I Am Not This Phone

Now that the information superhighway is such a ubiquitous part of our lives, repercussions must be reckoned with.

In this time of smartphones and big data, the ancient yogic practice of questioning our identifications needs to include the technologies that have become appendages to our minds and bodies.

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J. Brown is a yoga teacher, writer, and founder of Abhyasa Yoga Center in Brooklyn, NY.  His writing has been featured in Yoga Therapy Today, the International Journal of Yoga Therapy, and across the yoga blogosphere. Visit his website at jbrownyoga.com

Keep On Rockin In the Real World

I grew up in the eighties. My folks moved from NY to Los Angeles and settled into the comfort of a big house, two-car garage, and three kids. We were never in want for money. My dad made millions as the vice president of a huge construction firm. I was raised to believe that there was no limit to what I could attain. The milieu of my childhood is best exemplified by a t-shirt that hung in my dad’s closet, and would sometimes be bandied around for laughs, it read: “He who dies with the most toys wins.”

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J. Brown is a yoga teacher, writer, and founder of Abhyasa Yoga Center in Brooklyn, NY.  His writing has been featured in Yoga Therapy Today, the International Journal of Yoga Therapy, and across the yoga blogosphere. Visit his website at jbrownyoga.com

Mercury Retrograde Survival Guide for the Astrologically Challenged

I don’t believe in astrology; I’m a Sagittarius and we’re skeptical. ~ Arthur C. Clarke

July 26 - August 19, 2018

Strap yourselves in, it’s going to be a bumpy ride! But not all together terrifying. Roller coaster rides are fun, right? Well, they can be… (see my post about having a positive Mercury Retrograde experience) I wrote this article a while back, but it is absolutely relevant today. 

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The Green Divas share low-stress ways to live a deeper shade of green through a weekly radio show, podcasts, videos and blog posts. Working with talented partners and credible sources, the Green Divas produce content on a variety of topics relating to a healthy green lifestyle. Visit The Green Divas website to learn more, and check out The Green Divas on FacebookGoogle+, and Twitter too!

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04/26/2019
Medieval monks had a terrible time concentrating. And concentration was their lifelong work! Their tech was obviously different from ours. But their anxiety about distraction was not. They... read more
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03/12/2019
Smart technology has been used in almost every aspect of people's lives. Smart home security has given many homeowners peace of mind. While this wave of technology is overwhelming, it can be... read more
Woman sitting in yoga studio on cell phone
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Now that the information superhighway is such a ubiquitous part of our lives, repercussions must be reckoned with. In this time of smartphones and big data, the ancient yogic practice of... read more
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I grew up in the eighties. My folks moved from NY to Los Angeles and settled into the comfort of a big house, two-car garage, and three kids. We were never in want for money. My dad made millions as... read more
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I don’t believe in astrology; I’m a Sagittarius and we’re skeptical. ~ Arthur C. Clarke July 26 - August 19, 2018 Strap yourselves in, it’s going to be a bumpy ride! But not all together... read more
Close up on stone statue face with lichen growing
04/26/2019
Medieval monks had a terrible time concentrating. And concentration was their lifelong work! Their tech was obviously different from ours. But their anxiety about distraction was not. They... read more
Close up of man's wrist wearing Apple watch
03/12/2019
Smart technology has been used in almost every aspect of people's lives. Smart home security has given many homeowners peace of mind. While this wave of technology is overwhelming, it can be... read more
Woman sitting in yoga studio on cell phone
02/01/2019
Now that the information superhighway is such a ubiquitous part of our lives, repercussions must be reckoned with. In this time of smartphones and big data, the ancient yogic practice of... read more
Close up of green motherboard and circuits from computer.
11/07/2018
I grew up in the eighties. My folks moved from NY to Los Angeles and settled into the comfort of a big house, two-car garage, and three kids. We were never in want for money. My dad made millions as... read more
Silhouette of person staring up at Milky Way and night sky.
07/23/2018
I don’t believe in astrology; I’m a Sagittarius and we’re skeptical. ~ Arthur C. Clarke July 26 - August 19, 2018 Strap yourselves in, it’s going to be a bumpy ride! But not all together... read more