I want to challenge the assumption that technology causes symptoms that feel like ADHD and suggest that we're looking at effect rather than cause. What I mean is that in my experience when I approach technology in a place where I'm very centered and have a clear intention, the technology becomes this instrument in my hands. It magnifies my expression. It allows me to deepen my experience of mindful awareness rather than taking it from me.
Diane is an award-winning mediator in the state of Utah and has done some real pioneering work in the legal system here. She's also a transmitted Zen teacher. She's written a new book called The Zen of You and Me, published by Shambhala.
The good news is that mindfulness practice opens a new door of possibility to us. Without a mindful practice that opens up a quality of stillness and spaciousness in our lives, there would be no end to or recourse from this push and pull — this addictive mechanism at the heart of our experience.
This practice of shifting our attention slightly to pick up on a different wave-length of experience is something we can get more and more proficient at. And as we get better at it, we start to trust ourselves more and realize just how much information is available to us when we pay attention in a slightly different way.
The trouble we get into with the thinking mind is that there's a tendency to over-identify with thought and leave the body behind. And when we have less awareness in our physical bodies, the body becomes less sensitive. It becomes less vibrant. How do we heal this problem and integrate body and mind?