0 0
Mindful Tech Meditation

Share it on your social network:

Or you can just copy and share this url

Nutritional information

Control
Awareness
Focus
Responsiveness
Noting

Bookmark this recipe

You need to login or register to bookmark/favorite this content.

Mindful Tech Meditation

Often he who does too much does too little. — Italian Proverb

  • 10 minutes
  • Serves 1
  • Easy

Directions

Developing a healthier relationship with all things tech.

Constant notifications and pings might paint a picture that there is always something important for you to attend to. But in doing so, your focused is scattered around in an overwhelming attempt to react to the latest message on top of everything else that is already going on for you. But technology does not have to steal your attention at all times. The following brief meditation practice helps you regain control of your mind and help you be less reactive and more responsive to tech.

*Image © Google

Steps

1
Done
1'

Sitting

Sit in a comfortable position, keeping your back straight yet relaxed and resting your hands on your legs or your lap.

2
Done
1'

Deep breathing

When you are ready, close your eyes and focus your attention on your body breathing. Take a few deep breaths: in through your nose and out through your mouth. As you breathe in, notice how your chest expands and your lungs fill with air. As you breathe out, notice how your body softens. After a few deep breaths, return your breath to its natural rhythm, in and out through the nose.

3
Done
1'

Settling in

Now gently shift your awareness to the contact point between you and the chair or the floor beneath you. Feel the weight of your body pressing down into the seat beneath you. Slowly settle into this space around you, just enjoying not having to react or respond to any technology of any kind. Simply enjoy the feeling of having paused for a moment.

4
Done
2'

Feeling the body

As you sit there, start to notice how the body feels right now. Is there a sense of heaviness or tiredness in the body? Or is there a sense of lightness? Movement or stillness?

Now starting from the top of the head, gently scanning down through your body. Gently notice how different parts of the body feel... building up a picture of how the body feels right now.

If at any stage the mind wanders off, just acknowledge it with kindness and come back to the feeling of scanning down towards your toes.

5
Done
1'

Rising and falling

As you scan through your body, start to notice the movement of your breath in your body. Just notice the rising and falling sensations, without forcing the breath in any particular way. You may wish to place your hands over your stomach if you struggle to feel the rising and falling sensations.

Start to notice the rhythm of your breathing: is your breath long or short, deep or shallow? You have nothing else to do but follow the rising and falling sensations of your breath. If it is easier, you can count 1 when you breath in, 2 when you breath out, until you reach 10. Then start again at 1.

6
Done
3'

Noticing

As you are following the breath, the mind will occasionally wander. Whenever you realise you got distracted, pause for a moment to notice your mind was thinking and bring your attention back to the breath.

7
Done
1'

Closing

You are training your mind not to be reactive and to pause instead, to notice you were thinking. Let go of the thought and come back to the breath again.

Slowly bring your attention back to your body, feeling your mind a little less reactive perhaps and more in control of the technology around you. Become aware again of your body sitting; notice any sounds around you; and when you are ready, gently open your eyes again.

Greta Rossi

Chief Empathy Officer at Akasha Innovation. Co-founder of ImpactAimers and Recipes for Wellbeing. Regional Coordinator for Ashoka's ChangemakerXchange. Youth coach and FRSA.

previous
Controlling your social media feeds
next
Stress diary