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Distraction

Modern-Day Mindlessness

Susan Pearse | Posted 04.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Susan Pearse

It's easy to blame the "busy-ness" of your life for your state of mindlessness. There is no doubt that the barrage of information, the pressure to multitask, and the number of worries we seem to have in the modern world, all make it so much easier to slip into mindlessness.

Would You Rather Be Right or Be Real? Letting Go of Our Obsession With Rightness

Nancy Colier | Posted 04.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Nancy Colier

Refrain from feeding your mind's case for your rightness and others' wrongness; turn away from the thoughts that habitually defend and explain your version of truth. Instead of diving into your mind's narrative and returning to engage in your defense, use your awareness as an invitation to inquire into your experience.

On Divorce And The Awesomeness Of Loneliness

Lori Lustberg | Posted 04.15.2015 | Divorce
Lori Lustberg

I am lonely. Often. By choice. That's right. I said by choice. Sometimes it's almost too painful to tolerate. I do more than tolerate it, however: I nurture it; I welcome it. I used to run away from my loneliness, as if it was a demon trying to attack me.

Have You Lost Your Child to a Smartphone?

Nancy Colier | Posted 04.07.2015 | Parents
Nancy Colier

I write a lot about personal technology and invariably, every time I do, I receive a similar comment in return. The comment, boiled down, is this: Technology is here to stay; get over it or learn to live with it.

4 Ways to Ease the Guilt and Pressure When You're Crazy Busy

Paula Davis-Laack | Posted 04.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Paula Davis-Laack

Traditional time management techniques might help in the short term, but ultimately only serve to put a Band-Aid on a much deeper problem. Rather than focus on perfection, why not focus on what brings you joy and meaning? Choose one strategy that will help you move forward in a less crazy busy direction and embrace the perfectly imperfect journey.

The Thieves In Your Office

Darren Hardy | Posted 05.12.2015 | Business
Darren Hardy

Distractions not only cause massive losses in productivity, but they also increase stress and decrease motivation. Here are five thieves in your office to watch out for and how to stop them.

Befriend Your Inner Critic

Ritu Riyat | Posted 05.12.2015 | Healthy Living
Ritu Riyat

When I finally took a minute to slow down, stop doing, and start observing, I saw that I wasn't in control of my life. The reigns had been taken over by my inner critic, the little voice inside that never seems to shut up and only gets louder when you ignore it.

Endlessly Distracted? Blame Your Own Creative Genius

Fast Company | Shaunacy Ferro | Posted 03.09.2015 | World

Endlessly distracted by the sounds of your open office? Blame your own creative genius. A new study from Northwestern University psychologists finds t...

Hold the Phone! You Might Miss a Whale, or Even a Whale of a Bright Idea Like the Laser

Ben Hellwarth | Posted 04.15.2015 | Science
Ben Hellwarth

What if Dr. Townes, instead of taking that timeout, had sent a text or played Angry Birds? Might we be in the dark about the laser? As research and Townes' example suggest, the unpredictable sparks of our own mental machinations should be something we don't want to miss any more than the majestic sight of a passing whale.

Daily Meditation: Managing Distraction

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 01.26.2015 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these Daily Meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

One No Fail Writer's Routine

Eva Lesko Natiello | Posted 03.23.2015 | Books
Eva Lesko Natiello

I get off the floor and sit back at my desk. If no ideas are immediately forthcoming, I go upstairs to use my neti pot to unblock my sinus passages so oxygen can move freely to my brain; I blow my nose and return to my desk.

Surviving the Distraction Epidemic

Ellen G. Goldman | Posted 03.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Ellen G. Goldman

Make a decision that your health and well-being are your single most important asset, and begin living your life to protect it. Take a personal stand that this is not the way you want to live, and this is not the behavior you want to role model for your children. Here are a few suggestions to get you started.

Are We Too Busy to Be Spiritual?

Michelle Carr | Posted 02.14.2015 | Religion
Michelle Carr

I swear, when someone tells me I need to find "balance" in my life, it feels like a curse word. I mean really, who has time to meditate for 20 minutes twice a day? Sure, it's great that Deepok Chopra is able to get up at 5:00 in the morning to sit in silence, but let's be honest; most of us aren't going to do it.

3 Ways to Tap Into Your True Self

Jinny Ditzler | Posted 01.19.2015 | Healthy Living
Jinny Ditzler

For me it's a dream come true moment. The Aspen Festival Orchestra and the exceptional Nikolai Lugansky are playing "Rachmanoff's Piano Concerto No. 3...

Are You Afraid to Be Alone? Good News: You're Not

Ben Michaelis, Ph.D. | Posted 12.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Ben Michaelis, Ph.D.

Why do most people hate being alone with their thoughts? Pain. When you feel physical or psychological pain you instinctively move away from it. However, when you feel emotional pain there's nowhere to go. Instead you may try to escape by distracting yourself with your cellphone.

How to Use Distractions to Help Your Meditation

Michael Taft | Posted 11.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael Taft

Having good concentration is a vital skill, but having good meta-attention will revolutionize your practice. That's because as far as meta-attention is concerned, there are no distractions.

The Spaces Between

Kristin Shaw | Posted 10.22.2014 | Parents
Kristin Shaw

Some days, I struggle to focus, and I deliberately call out each sense by name in my head after he falls asleep, nestled next to me. The scent of baby mixed with little-boy sweat. The sight of his eyelashes brushing his cheeks. The touch of his small arm against mine.

The One Work Problem That Plagues Us All -- And Some Clever Ways To Fix It

The Huffington Post | Kate Bratskeir | Posted 06.30.2014 | Healthy Living

I am a living, breathing victim of productivity traps. I'm scrolling through Tweetdeck, looking at really boring baby shower photos on Facebook and te...

30 One-Minute Productivity Tips

Forbes | Frances Booth | Posted 06.20.2014 | World

Want to be more productive? Need a better way to deal with distractions? It needn’t take long to make changes that count towards increased produc...

Don't Get Distracted -- or Else

Gini Graham Scott | Posted 07.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Gini Graham Scott

Getting distracted can result in a lot more serious consequences than simply getting a ticket, and being distracted -- and not staying focused -- is one of the social problems of our times.

The Real Reason Mothers Never Get Anything Done

Lauren Jackman | Posted 07.15.2014 | Parents
Lauren Jackman

It's 9 a.m. and I've just put Bubby down for his morning sleep. I reckon I have about an hour and a half before he wakes. I'm excited! I have plans...

Distraction at Dartmouth College

John M. Rodgers | Posted 06.16.2014 | Education
John M. Rodgers

Over the past year, Dartmouth College has experienced a number of events that have disturbed the normal operations of the institution from last April'...

Patience In The Age Of Distraction

Pacific Standard | CASEY N. CEP | Posted 04.01.2014 | World

The meaning of patience has changed over time, but that hasn’t made it any easier to practice. There is a bar of marzipan across the table from m...

Tuned In And Turned Off

Jess Carbino | Posted 05.26.2014 | Technology
Jess Carbino

While technological advances, such as online dating, are responsible for creating many relationships, technology does not necessarily impact all relationships positively.

There Are No More Tables for Two

Nancy Colier | Posted 05.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Nancy Colier

These days, when couples go out to eat together, the first thing they do is pull out their devices, if they are not already in their clutches, and place them on the table between each other.