This article was posted here with permission from the author, Rahul Brown. Rahul is an avid experimenter with truth, love, and happiness, particularly at the intersection of film & journalism, social enterprise, and grassroots volunteerism. More from him at his blog.
I love this article. This is very well written. You have truly enriched me with some excellent knowledge about Meditation
1 reply: Dolly | Post Your Reply
This article is very good. I like it. Interesting post. Thanks for posting this about meditation .
Sometimes tecnology and meditation could live together in an App http://itunes.apple.com/us/... :)
Kind of ironic that there is a share to Facebook on this article.
nice Birju ! same here :) Cheers for the extraordinary people that can till use the phone and technology and have the balance too !
So true! I certainly need to meditate more. Thanks for the reminder!
The funny part is at the end, where we can click on buttons to share this article on FB, Twitter, or send it by email to someone's iPhone :)
1 reply: Thefemale | Post Your Reply
Fantastic!!!! Like others, I’ve added this to my google reader. Mariette
MBJYou raise a good point in your usual delightful, insightful way.As a recipient of so much proselytizing chatter for both the iPhone and meditation, I’m sure it would be a relief to silence the buzz around either. My post was aimed at muzzling at least half our common harassers in a light-hearted way more than anything else. Even the comparison I make establishes a false choice between the options, especially when considering how many iPhone-using meditators commented on the post.As for shilling meditation on the attention-deficited internet, its a little bit like putting a helmet on a narcoleptic: its bound to be awkward, doesn’t really solve the problem, but might just stop a head crackin’. While I wasn’t really trying to be much of a serious meditation monger, I’m not that uncomfortable with the legitimate clunky-ness of it all I do agree that serious conversations about meditation are best kept private, but if anything around this post could be considered to have turned into viral advocacy and promotion, its something on the scale of a cold sore on a smallpox patient. Its public only in the way that a conversation in the corner of a room at a loud party is: virtually private because so few people care to quiet down and listen![Hide Full Comment]
Rahul:This is a smart, clever, interesting comparison of two enabling tools currently undergoing a run of hip, faddish acceptance in the popular imagination. (Meditation, it must be said, has enjoyed a several-millennium longer run than the iPhone. Its persistence and longevity is itself strong evidence in favor of your thesis. Still, one suspects that it went through periods where, as with the second generation Macs, the only users were esoteric freaks who could only find “software” — to piggyback on your extended technology metaphor — at the spiritual equivalent of garage sales.)Like so many things, meditation and iPhones are useful tools in the hands of skilled, purposeful people. Hospital physicians, for example, are able to carry comprehensive pharmaceutical reference material in their pockets with the iPhone as they visit patient bedsides; and thoughtful practitioners of self-exploration are able to dig deeper with meditation. And yet, both are supremely annoying in the hands of poseurs.The nice thing about both meditation and the iPhone is that both are genuinely good tools; it’s hard to really criticize either. They generally work as advertised, have real utility, and create a nice user experience. Even with this appreciation, I have never found either to be so compelling as to harbor any desire to incorporate them into my life. Unfortunately, this doesn’t insulate me from having to endure endless proselytizing chatter from fans of both at just about any social occasion. Frankly, it’s getting to the point that I like to imagine a world where neither meditation or iPhones existed. It seems a shame when the excellence and fascination of a thing are overwhelmed by the ubiquity and banality of the hype.In our consumer society, it seems impossible to have a product without constant advertising. Where commercialism establishes both our memes and the tropes, way to much private conversation has transformed into viral advocacy and promotion. Steve Jobs will, of course, be thrilled that his customers have turned into his advertisers. But are serious devotees of meditation really comfortable having their treasured practice shilled like this? Seems so.MBJ[Hide Full Comment]
Birju: hilarious.Rahul: wise! kosher. will share on our wednesdays in dc meditation board!
Awesome post Rahul! Thanks for distilling your thoughts in this clear and compelling article. Time to hit the cushion
BAAM! hermano Rahul! Following Birju’s path, I just twitted it and posted it on my FB status… AND, I’m going to read Vinoba and sit for a while… being in receptive silence is the DNA of the kindness (r)evlution.See you on the cushion!
Phenomenal post! You remain ensconced in my happy memories and warm inspiring moments shared. Love to Asha
Rahul, so true!!! Thank you for this! Very well written!!!!
Being an Apple passionista and having consulted to many IT companies, I can honestly say that this article rocks! Thank you.
"From the Mayan point of view, high
technology is not a sign of an advanced civilization; it is a sign of a
civilization about to be advanced. What good is technology to a people,
if they discover that the human body and human consciousness is capable
of doing everything that technology is now doing, and far, far more?...
This is what we are about to understand, according to the Maya." —
"The divine currents, like the ethereal
waves of a radio, are spread out in the atmosphere in all the
directions, giving out delectable strains of music. We, however, cannot
catch the ethereal vibrations and listen to the divine melody until we
get in tune with the Infinite by adjusting our mental apparatus.
Therefore we become etherealized more and more as we come in tune with
the heavenly music." -Sant Kirpal Singh
Rahul, this is excellent. One thought on environment...meditation also helps deal with our personal unplanned obsolescence allowing us to age more gracefully without letting pain create toxic ripples of suffering around us.
1 reply: Ccarneva | Post Your Reply
makes me remember this quote:
"It's not technology, it's what you do with it"
(Thanks for sharing the article)
On Dec 8, 2017 Noah Mckenna wrote:
Good Job, excellent article, i loved it the way that you explained about Meditation
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