Episode 259: Cultivating a Mindful Media Practice with Melissa McLaughlin

This is where the subhead goes where we talk about how you need to do your research and two other things 

Melissa McLaughlin Mindfulness + Social Media
To quote this week’s guest, yoga teacher and social scientist Melissa McLaughlin, “How we engage with our phones is changing our minds.” In other words, we are on our phones being constantly bombarded by information. How do we navigate this reality and maintain our sanity? How do we cope with the rush of adrenaline that comes when we see a strongly-worded opinion that we disagree with? Perhaps most importantly, how do we continue to stay engaged as citizens of the world and not allow our devices to lead us into cynicism/shutting down/complete burnout? The answer is simple although not easy — it starts with mindfulness practice. Melissa shares many insights with us including: She shares her insights including:
  • How to be a more conscious consumer of social media—especially observing the feelings that arise before you reshare
  • What to do when you feel overwhelmed by something happening in the world or something that you see in the media
  • Tips for having tough conversations about media with friends and family members with differing viewpoints
  • What yoga philosophy has to say about living in a world that feels chaotic.

RELATED LINKS

Melissa’s Thesis: Great Awakening 2020: The Neoliberal Wellness Journey Down the Rabbit Hole  Melissa’s Instagram Melissa’s blog posts: Media Reflection  Getting Real about Your Media Habits  Cultivating Media Mindfulness 

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