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Mónica Guzmán

Stories at the intersection of tech and life from a boldly connected city.

June 18, 2012 at 1:31 PM

‘You’re in a technology loop!’ and other column reactions

A little comic exaggeration can go a long way to showing where we’ve gone a little crazy.

Reader Brian Shelver said my column on how meditation can help us stay focused in the midst of tech distractions reminded him of this segment from an episode of “Portlandia,” the popular comedy inspired by the quirks of Seattle’s urban rival to the south.

I’m pretty sure I’ve actually been here. Just without the vocalizations, jump cuts and creepy eyes.

Fred might have escaped his doom with a visit to Calm.com. Reader @emilythousand pointed out this site, a full-screen, audio-visual escape from all things pressing and hectic complete with narration to help you let go.

Simple idea, and not a bad one. Check it out.

Looking for something more analog to learn more about meditation? Professors David Levy and Alfred Kaszniak, two of the authors of the study on meditation and multitasking, recommend a couple books to get you started: “The Miracle of Mindfulness” by Thich Nhat Hanh and Jon Kabat-Zinn’s “Mindfulness for Beginners.”

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