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Digital Distraction & Mindfulness

MONICA’S PROBLEM WAS EVIDENT TO ME from the first ninety seconds of our session. Armed with a BlackBerry for work emails and an iPhone for personal calls and texts, she kept both on when she sat down. She was a mom, a high-powered publicist—and constantly connected. She had to be! She was always waiting for that emergency call, email, or text to come in. In reality, the constant pings weren’t emergencies but rather reminders about meetings from her assistant, press release approval requests, and messages about a client’s dress being panned at an awards show the night before.

Monica’s nonstop barrage of calls, texts, tweets, and emails had left her in a state of constant distraction. She always felt only “half there,” never fully engaged in the present moment. What’s worse, her perpetual distractedness was beginning to erode her relationship with her husband and kids. Her resulting symptoms were a mixed bag: a little anxiety, a little insomnia, a little depression.

As Monica described the stresses of trying to juggle a marriage, motherhood, and a high-stress job, she teared up when she remembered her nine-year-old daughter sighing and saying, “Mommy, you never look at me when I’m talking to you. You love working more than you love me.”

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This is our 25th anniversary year, and with our new January/February 2016 issue we present a seminal piece by Amy Berger, MS, NTP, that presents clear research showing how Alzheimer’s disease starts with consumption of too many sugars; this impairs glucose metabolism and leads to plaque in the brain. Next Katrina Blair extols the virtues of the edible “weed” purslane. Bruce Weinstein, PhD, in “Patience,” shows the remarkable benefits patience reaps. Mike Dow’s feature, “Digital Distraction & Mindfulness,” suggests that constant connection to digital devices has an overall deleterious impact, and he offers delicious mindfulness practices to help improve quality of life. Ann and Ross Rosen discuss the importance of moderate exercise in daily life, and Shannon McRae explains how energy medicine as nature’s assistant is much more powerful when the receiver’s intention is in alignment with that of the healer’s. Finally, Laura Coffey tells the story of a special nursing home companion, a loving golden retriever named Rocky, and his positive impact on the residents. We present all of this in our first issue of the year, and more than we can mention, including a plethora of scintillating research notes.