• Mind-Body

    Emma Seppälä interviews Dan Harris

    ABC’s Dan Harris: How distraction can make you a better meditator, and other advice for meditation skeptics This article is getting on in age (February 3), but I still wanted to mention it. I found it to be very well worth reading, especially since both Emma Seppälä  and Dan Harris  are very knowledgable and approachable in what they do. One of the best things Dan does is hammer on this nail constantly. You shouldn’t try to clear your mind. You can’t. The biggest misconception — which is a true misunderstanding — is the idea that you have to clear your mind. There are thousands of kinds of meditation. The one I…

  • Apps,  Mind-Body,  Tech

    Don’t prostrate yourself to your phone

    I’ve been a nerd for as long as I can remember. If you had told me back in high school that I would have the internet in my pocket fifteen years later, I would have been overjoyed! Nothing bad coudl come of that! Could it? It is becoming clearer and clearer to me and many others that our phones play in to the human predilection for getting hooked on things a little too well. Babies are missing out on mirroring their parents, because they have their noses stuck to Google or Facebook. Our brains never get to fantasize, focus or imagine because we might miss a tweet or a news…

  • Health,  Mind-Body

    Anniversary Reaction

    I had never heard the term anniversary reaction before today, but I decided to type a few things into DuckDuckGo, and there it was. Why did I do that and what is it? Read on. As I’ve written about elsewhere I experienced a very traumatic event a few years ago. Basically it turned out to be non-life threatening, but I didn’t know that at the time. And it shook me to the core. Slowly I’m making my way back, but around September every year, I get very easily overwhelmed. I get sad easily. I feel much more pain from my back injury. I get poor sleep. I feel stressed out…

  • Health,  Mind-Body,  Shame

    A very personal anniversary ☞ Part 3 of 3

    This post has been so long in the making, I don’t even know if anyone even cares anymore. On the other hand, better late than never I say. When I last wrote about this I was feeling rather hopeless about my life so far, and extremely worried about what was wrong with me. Thus far, according to the doctors, it was practically nothing. Just a pinched nerve. But they had arranged for an MRI. Where I live though, turns out that takes some time to get… So, for a good long while I was on sick-leave, in to much pain to do pretty much anything. Couldn’t drive, couldn’t wear a…

  • Health,  Mind-Body,  Video

    Everything in my last book was bullshit!

    I meditated long well before I came across Dan Harris. I first noticed him when I started using the ABC News app on my Apple TV. He was funny in a dry way, very witty, handsome (though to protect whatever cred I may have I feel a very personal need to point out that at least he is shorter than I am…), and he quickly became one of my favorit people on there. And then I started hearing 10% being thrown around. And as I’ve written before, that’s how I found his app. It is now my main mediation support, and I love it! What may be less well know,…

  • Apps,  Mind-Body,  Personal

    App frustrations

    I’m a bit frustrated with my meditation app today. (Ironic, I know.) I have used several over the years, and at the moment I prefer the 10% Happier app. I love the teachers, I love Dan Harris’ wry look into the world of meditation, and I love that you get a teacher you can e-mail if you have questions.  To be fair, the app is relatively new and have made great strides in terms of UI in late 2016. BUT that doesn’t stop it having a few frustrating things going. Mainly I’m thinking about the the buildup of gigs of material. Technically you stream the content, but you can download it…

  • Health,  Mind-Body

    Emma Seppälä – The Happiness Track

    I recently came across an interview by Dan Harris where he talked with a Stanford PhD called Emma Seppälä, about stress and happiness. I was intrigued, but as it was the Christmas season I sort of forgot about it for the time being. Then a few weeks ago I started listening to random episodes of Dan’s 10% Happier podcast. In this podcast Dan talks to various people from all sorts of walks of life, about meditation and mindfulness and how it has helped them. And again, there she was, Seppälä. (As a Scandinavian you always tend to see names with umlauts very clearly…) I knew that name, and decided to…