Here is a very long read by Andrew Sullivan. He starts by describing how he detoxed from constant digital activity and distraction. Things had got serious (the full url for the article is “technology nearly killed me”).
Sullivan describes learning to meditate and use mindfulness. He gives a good description of the process of slowing down and moving away from his frenetic online life. I think this will resonate with many of us. It is something we have conversations about in chaplaincy work with students and staff.
What surprised me, coming after this description of Mindfulness, was his complaint about the lack of silence in contemporary Christian worship. Fair point. If you are interested in Christian mediation and contemplation keep going to the end!
This is a good long reflection on what silence, presence and connection could mean in the digital age.
The article first appeared in the New Yorker Magazine on 18th September 2016.