Downshifting for an Uplift

Downshifting for an Uplift

Many of us (38 million of us) saw the probing and provocative film The Social Dilemma, the seriously well-documented, seriously frightening expose from top executives and engineers within the digital tech industry about how the technology that connects us also distracts, divides, polarizes, monetizes, manipulates and controls us.  Seriously.

I had the privilege of watching a webinar conversation last week among Tristan Harris and Randima Fernando of the Center for Humane Technology and meditation teachers Trudy Goodman and Jack Kornfield of Insight LA about moving beyond The Dilemma to unpacking solutions to that social dilemma.

Here’s the link to the conversation itself.

Here’s the link to what individuals can do to take control of your devices.

Here’s the link to the podcast Your Undivided Attention, exploring the intentional designs to “hijack our attention, manipulate our choices, and de-stabilize our real world communities.”

I’ve been writing/teaching about the impact of digital technology on our brains and on our relationships for many years now, quite seriously.

I’m grateful for the privilege of continuing to work during this pandemic with psychotherapy clients and resilience coachees by Zoom; grateful for the privilege of continuing to teach transforming any adversity into learning and growth, literally all over the world, through Zoom webinars.

And, as the teaching season is winding down, and the downshifting into the quieter winter season arrives, I’m needing to take the time to rejuvenate my brain and mind and heart and soul from the undertow of 2020.

I’m beginning another “sabbatical sort-of” today. Less teaching, less posting through the end of the year. More time for walks in nature, talks with friends, reading good books. And creating the bandwidth to launch a new online course in January 2021 on Cultivating a Resilience Mindset.

May you find time in the coming days and weeks to restore and rejuvenate as well.

Enough.  These few words are enough.

If not these words, this breath.

If not this breath, this sitting here.

This opening to the life

we have refused again and again

until now.

Until now.

– David Whyte