The Power of Off: The Mindful Way To Stay Sane in the Virtual World

Sounds True. Nov. 2016. 240p. bibliog. ISBN 9781622037957. pap. $16.95; ebk. ISBN 9781622037964. PSYCH
OrangeReviewStarPsychotherapist and interfaith minister Colier points out that leaving ourselves endlessly available to our electronic devices paradoxically shuts us off from other people and real life. While the author doesn't disparage technology, she does emphasize that it tends to provide a means of escape and immediate gratification instead of participation in the present, which results in healthier emotional interactions with others. Using mindfulness practices and directed questions, plus a 30-day tech detox with useful ideas for paying attention to one's current situation, Colier demonstrates how to achieve an appropriate relationship with technology.
VERDICT Excellent proactive suggestions for plugging into reality and relegating technology to a healthier role in everyday life.
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