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#OccupyMyself: Confessions Of A Social Media Deserter

She misses the interactions, but values even more the time and mental space she’s regained. Will social media “deserter” Paula Góes ever return to Facebook and Twitter?

Read it at Global Voices Online.

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The Wisdom 2.0 Conference: live and free

“The digital world can do so much good. I just hope people in the technology world can feel on a mission here to ask the deep moral questions. Because if you don’t ask these questions, they get decided for you”.

Marianne Williamson, spiritual teacher, on the opening panel of The Wisdom 2.0 conference, quoted by Jay Michaelson for Tricycle.

How can we live with greater presence, meaning, and mindfulness in the technology age is the question asked at the fourth annual Wisdom 2.0 conference, happening in San Francisco on February 21-24 and addressing the intersections of spirituality, mindfulness, and technology. Watch live now.

The Compassionate Brain – FREE seven-part video series

The Compassionate Brain— Activating the Neural Circuits of Kindness, Caring, and Love – Practical Neuroscience for Transformation is a FREE seven-part video series with Dr. Rick Hanson, exploring the effective ways to change your brain and heart and life through the power of self-directed Neuroplasticity. Each week, Dr. Hanson and his seven guests will explore the profound implications of this cutting-edge science—and how you can use it to guide your own transformation.

“Perhaps the most valuable result of our new discoveries about neuroplasticity is that it helps us bring our brain into harmony with the greatest virtues of our heart.” (Dr. Rick Hanson)

The series begin TODAY, October 8, 2012, from 8–9 pm Eastern Time (GMT –4), but on-demand streaming videos will be available a few days after each session’s conclusion. The host is SoundsTrue – I truly trust and recommend their work. I love the Insights at the Edge podcast, Tami Simon’s in-depth interviews with leading spiritual teachers and luminaries exploring their latest challenges and breakthroughs. Check it out!

Programme

Each week Dr. Hanson will be joined by a world-class scholar/teacher, including Richie Davidson, Dan Siegel, Tara Brach, Dacher Keltner, Kelly McGonigal, Kristin Neff, and Jean Houston. They’ll discuss different ways to use the power of neuroplasticity—how the mind can change the brain to transform the mind—to open the heart, build courage, find compassion, forgive oneself and others, and heal the world.

Session 1: How the Mind Changes the Brain
Monday, October 8, 2012, from 8–9 pm Eastern Time (GMT –4)
With Dr. Richie Davidson, professor of psychology at the University of Wisconsin and co-editor of The Asymmetrical Brain

Session 2: Mindfulness of Oneself and Others
Monday, October 15, 2012, from 8–9 pm Eastern Time (GMT –4)
With Dr. Daniel Siegel, executive director of the Mindsight Institute and author of Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation

Session 3: Cultivating a Forgiving Heart
Monday, October 22, 2012, from 8–9 pm Eastern Time (GMT –4)
With Dr. Tara Brach, founder of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington and author of Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life with the Heart of a Buddha

Session 4: The Evolution of Compassion: From Gene to Meme
Monday, October 29, 2012, from 8–9 pm Eastern Time (GMT –4)
With Dr. Dacher Keltner, professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley and author of Born to Be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life

Session 5: Balancing Compassion and Assertiveness
Monday, November 5, 2012, from 8–9 pm Eastern Time (GMT –5)
With Dr. Kelly McGonigal, senior teacher and consultant for the Stanford Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education and author of The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It

Session 6: The Power of Self-Compassion
Monday, November 12, 2012, from 8–9 pm Eastern Time (GMT –5)
With Dr. Kristin Neff, professor of human development and culture at the University of Texas, Austin and author of Self-Compassion: Stop Beating Yourself Up and Leave Insecurity Behind

Session 7: Compassion in the Wider World
Monday, November 19, 2012, from 8–9 pm Eastern Time (GMT –5)
With Dr. Jean Houston, co-founder of The Foundation for Mind Research and author of The Possible Human: A Course in Enhancing Your Physical, Mental, and Creative Abilities

Are You Sleepwalking through Your Life?

I often awoke at 2 A.M. with a painful knot in my stomach that stayed there through the day and into the evening. I brought it to bed with me every night. I ate my lunch at my desk while texting on my “crackberry,” chatting on my cell phone, typing e-mails, and wolfing down a sandwich . . . all in five minutes. And I realized I had been doing that for almost 15 years.

Nonstop, overwhelming thoughts relentlessly raced through my head as I attempted to juggle so many different pieces of my life and finding unfulfillment at every turn. I craved peace of my mind. I craved a job with a purpose. I craved the depth of feeling I had known so well in my youth. I was light-years from that moment. I was sleepwalking through my life. My personal and work relationships were stressed and strained. I was waking up, burning through the day, performing my “job,” coming home, eating dinner, reading a book or watching TV, and passing out.

Are You Sleepwalking through Your Life? How to find your reason for being: a great testimony by Davidji, whose guided meditations never fail to inspire me. Any similarity with my own life is not mere coincidence: a few years ago, I also felt I was a “zombielike autopilot of an existence”, and even now, I am still learning to drive.