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The power of off : the mindful way to stay sane in a virtual world / Nancy Colier.
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Mindful way to stay sane in a virtual world.
Publication Information:
Boulder, CO Sounds True, 2016.

Physical Description:
xxii, 229 pages ; 23 cm.
Our relationship with technology -- Our relationship with others -- Our relationship with ourselves -- Creating space, inside and out -- How to liberate ourselves from a teched-out mind -- Mindfulness practice for the digital age.
"With The Power of Off, Colier sounds the call for wakefulness, reminding us that we can use technology in a way that promotes, rather than detracts from, our well-being. This book provides an essential resource for anyone wanting to create a more empowered relationship with technology in the digital age." -- Back cover.


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Effective mindfulness practices for transforming your relationship with technology and reconnecting with your real life

Our reliance on technology is rapidly changing how each of us experiences life. We're facing new issues and difficulties, we're encountering new emotional triggers, and we're relating to each other in new ways. As Dr. Nancy Colier writes, "How we spend our time, what motivates us, and what we want are all are on a radical course of transformation." The promise of technology is that it will make our lives easier; yet to realize that promise, we cannot be passive users--we must bring awareness and mindfulness to our relationships with our devices.

"The compulsion to constantly check our devices plays on primal instincts," teaches Colier. "Even people with strong spiritual practices or those who have never had other addiction issues now find themselves caught in the subtle trap of these miraculous tools we've created." Through The Power of Off, she offers us a path for making use of the virtual world while still feeling good, having healthy relationships, and staying connected with what is genuinely meaningful in life. You'll explore: How and why today's devices push our buttons so effectively, and what you can do to take back control of your life Tips for navigating the increasingly complex ways in which technology is affecting our relationships--with ourselves, others, and our devices themselves Self-evaluation tools for bringing greater awareness to your use of technology Mindfulness practices for helping you interact with your devices in more conscious ways A 30-day digital detox program to kick-start a new healthier relationship with technology With The Power of Off, Colier sounds the call for wakefulness, reminding us that we can use technology in a way that promotes, rather than detracts from, our well-being. This book provides an essential resource for anyone wanting to create a more empowered relationship with technology in the digital age.

Author Notes

Nancy Colier is a psychotherapist, interfaith minister, veteran meditator, and author of Inviting a Monkey to Ten: Befriending Your Mind and Discovering Lairing Contentment. For more, visit

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Psychotherapist Colier (Inviting a Monkey to Tea) paints a vivid picture of how addicted we have become to our electronic devices, checking emails and sending text messages to the point of neglecting what is truly important. To illustrate the overwhelming nature of modern communications, Colier reports that one of her high-powered clients receives more than 1,000 emails every day, and if she responded to every one, she wouldn't have any time left. Colier suggests powering off regularly and pondering such questions as "What really matters?" and "What is my heart's longing?" while at the same time engaging in a healthy, less obsessive relationship with technology. The majority of the book focuses on how people relate to each other online, while the last part, which could be a book of its own, presents a toolkit for practicing mindfulness as a means of unplugging from digital media. Sprinkled throughout are amusing anecdotes of technology obsessions and lists of questions to ponder. Readers fascinated by how digital technology has changed the world, particularly everyday human interaction, will appreciate the author's thought-provoking viewpoint. (Nov.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Library Journal Review

Psychotherapist 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. © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Finding Ground in a Virtual Worldp. xi
Part 1 Our Relationship with Technology
1 The Prison of Availabilityp. 3
2 Slaves to Technologyp. 10
3 Can't Stop Checkingp. 16
4 Technoholics: A Generation of Addictsp. 20
5 When Escaping the Moment Is the New Momentp. 26
6 Information for Its Own Sakep. 31
7 An Epidemic of Boredomp. 40
8 When Technology Bosses Us Aroundp. 46
9 Our Phones Are Getting Smarter, but Are We?p. 48
Part 2 Our Relationship with Others
10 Your Friend or Your Phone?p. 55
11 Asking for the Attention We Still Needp. 59
12 Last-Minute-itisp. 61
13 Swimming in the Shallowsp. 67
14 A Remedy for Disconnectionp. 71
15 Allow Me to Helpp. 75
16 Welcome to the Family, Smartphonep. 79
17 Engineering Life One Autocorrected Letter at a Timep. 86
18 Is Technology Our New Savior?p. 90
19 The Umbilical Cord of Technologyp. 93
20 My Smartphone and Mep. 97
21 Reawakening to the World We Sharep. 102
22 All Alone in Virtual Communityp. 105
Part 3 Our Relationship with Ourselves
23 Is Your Smartphone Stealing Your Life?p. 113
24 I Tweet, Therefore I Amp. 117
25 Branding the Selfp. 121
26 Can You See Me Now?p. 124
27 When Becoming Popular Is Our Purposep. 128
28 Heads Floating in Cyberspacep. 132
29 Uncovering Our Limitless Selfp. 135
Part 4 Creating Space-Inside and Out
30 Finding Silence inside the Noisep. 141
31 Making Time for Downtimep. 144
32 Creating Meaning amid the Meaninglessnessp. 148
33 Discovering Being in a Doing Worldp. 151
34 Getting the Importance of Not Gettingp. 154
Part 5 How to Liberate Ourselves from a Teched-Out Hind
35 Overthrowing the Dictatorship of the Mindp. 159
36 How to Stop Narrating and Start Being Lifep. 161
37 Getting Off the Thought Treadmillp. 165
38 Our Thoughts Arc Not Realp. 168
Part 6 Mindfulness Practice for the Digital Age
Take a Breathp. 173
39 The Practice of Mindfulnessp. 175
40 Stocking Your Mindfulness Toolboxp. 180
41 Mindfulness for the Uncooperative Mindp. 185
42 Being in the Moment When We Don't Like the Momentp. 193
43 Going All the Wayp. 197
44 Permission to Be Nobodyp. 201
Epilogue: Freedom In, Not Fromp. 205
Acknowledgmentsp. 208
Appendix: A 30-Day Tech Detoxp. 210
Notesp. 224
About the Authorp. 229

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