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- Print Length: 177 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins e-books (April 1, 2009)
- Publication Date: April 7, 2009
- Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00245A4Z0
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #912,823 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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If you are overwhelmed with your daily dosing of technology and don't know how to deal with it I'd suggest this book. For more advanced mindfulness practitioners you will probably already use a lot of this advice in your daily life anyway.
In the case of online technology addiction, there is always another email, another tweet, another text, another post - a constant stream of information displays and communication requests. Even as we complain about the stress of this unending crush of data, more often than not we find ourselves complying with the implicit demand to keep clicking and keystroking, to stay connected for every possible minute, out of fear that we might miss something.
Right at the beginning of this highly useful book, the author outs himself as a recovering technology addict, someone who knows firsthand of what he is writing about. In his own words - "I discovered that when I was online ... I felt connected to other people. There was a sense ... of not being alone. It was the same with my cell phone. By knowing I was reachable, I felt linked to other people." What he came to see, and now wants to share with his readers, is that this sense of being connected through our devices and our social media activities is merely an illusion, and a harmful one at that. Individuals addicted to being online are what he terms "disconnectedly connected ... connected to technology but largely disconnected from ourselves."
After this opening confession, he then proceeds to offer us a series of short, thoughtful essays on various aspects of being present and mindful - the "ancient secrets" of his subtitle - designed to help us connect more strongly to our own consciousness and creativity. He argues convincingly that the more we learn to disconnect from the alluring attractions of the online environment, the more we'll be able to use that very environment to connect with others in an authentic, more meaningful way.
Written in an engaging conversational style, each chapter is brief enough to read and reflect on during a morning coffee break - a deliberate nod on the author's part to the time-pressured technology-driven professionals who are his target audience. While readers more experienced with mindfulness practice may find this style a bit too facile, the breadth of topics covered more than compensates for the brevity. Within these pages you can find useful treatments of such varied issues as anger management, stress reduction, effective transitioning, dealing with stuckness, coming to terms with the past, practicing non-attachment, and working with the need to be right all the time. Quite an impressive range - and even more helpful, each section of the book concludes with a suggested practice for developing the mindfulness skills addressed in that section's chapters.
For those just beginning their acquaintance with mindfulness practice, this book will serve as a thorough and accessible introduction. For those already acquainted with the benefits of mindfulness, it will serve as a refresher course for honing skills already acquired, and as a source of inspiration for expanding one's practice to the next level.
Wisdom 2.0 teaches valuable lessons on relinquishing the grasp our new attachment to technology has on us, and what we can do to slow down the need to be constantly plugged in all the time. I for one am a HUGE techno-abuser, whether I'm right here typing away, checking my Facebook, E-mail (incessantly) I'm nearly always plugged in.
Soren Gordhamer has laid it all out simply, with various exercises to practice. Soren is not saying we need to completely stop using these things we enjoy, but can teach us how to cope with the stresses we cause ourselves.
We are constantly over-stimulated. Stop right now and think when the last time you checked your e-mail? 10 minutes ago? 5 minutes ago? 30 seconds ago? Has it really been that long? How about Facebook?
The practical exercises that are laid out are meant to focus us back, to get the creative juices of our minds flowing, the one's that become stagnant after hours of staring at the screen. Soren gives us the creative ability back, allowing us even just an extra moment away- ok, maybe more than but that I'm still working on the exercises alright?
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Perhaps I am still in too closed a frame of mind to appreciate the book.
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