Facebook Fast

For a large number of people in our society, social networks of one kind or another are becoming dominant forms of media in our lives.  This is not all bad and there is much to be said for Facebook and Twitter, LinkedIn and Pinterest.  But these networks also have their downsides and dangers, and sometimes we need to step back.  Today, use no social networks.  Don't open Twitter, Facebook, or any other social network.  Instead, write a hand written note to a friend or call someone with whom … [Read more...]

Statio

Monastics have a practice called statio that they use as a tool to be mindful and attentive in everything they do.  Statio is simply stopping one thing before beginning another.  In its negative formulation, this means no multitasking.  Each task, each conversation, each dish washed is completed as a singular event.  One key to practicing statio is to pause for a moment after each task.  For instance, if you are checking Facebook, pause for a moment after you've finished and then go to the … [Read more...]


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