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Distraction

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

Ben Hellwarth | Posted 02.13.2015 | 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 01.21.2015 | 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 01.16.2015 | 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.

Is Technology Worsening Our Basic Restlessness?

Nancy Colier | Posted 05.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Nancy Colier

We need to stay fiercely aware of its power to steer us away from our true needs. We must remain mindful of our own minds and careful not to be seduced into the unconsciousness that technology makes possible.

Being in the Moment When We Don't Like the Moment

Nancy Colier | Posted 04.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Nancy Colier

Life includes experiences we want and ones we don't. We are better at being present in the ones we want, and we need more practice staying in the moments we don't want. Many people ask me why we would even try and be present in the bad moments.

The Noise Can Be Too Much

Lindsey Mead | Posted 04.13.2014 | Women
Lindsey Mead

"For the most sensitive among us the noise can be too much." I have not been able to get Jim Carrey's tweet on the occasion of Philip Seymour Hoffman's sudden death out of my head. That line has been running through my thoughts pretty much constantly since Hoffman's death.

Coping With Contagious Affluenza: Mindful Consumption

Lilian Cheung, D.Sc., R.D. | Posted 03.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Lilian Cheung, D.Sc., R.D.

Do we really need all this stuff? Why are we eating so much? Why can't we focus on what's happening right now? The symptoms and effects of affluenza are plentiful, but there is good news -- relief is possible, and it can be put into action right away.

One Word That Helped Me Stand Up To My Inner Bully

Rachel Macy Stafford | Posted 03.23.2014 | Parents
Rachel Macy Stafford

If you think badgering, bullying, or constantly correcting your child will make him or her more likable, more confident, or more successful, please reconsider. Because the truth is this: It's hard to love yourself with a bully breathing down your neck.

Our Powerful And Fragile Attention

Linda Stone | Posted 02.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Linda Stone

What if I told you that the way we are talking about attention is part of the problem? Our conversation about distraction, multitasking, and the stern command to focus, actually creates a level of stress, anxiety, and shame.

In A World Of Constant Digital Distractions, These Tools Can Help You Stay Focused And Be More Present

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living

For all the ways technology saves us time, it's also left us more distracted -- and in many cases less productive -- than ever before. We're so used t...

How Smartphones Behave Like Children

Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, Ph.D. | Posted 02.08.2014 | Technology
Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, Ph.D.

We all know that kids like smartphones. But in some important ways, smartphones are like kids.