Mindful Living with Technology

Educational Technologist & Mindfulness Practitioner
Most people associate the name Dr. Nellie Muller Deutsch or the username “nelliemuller” with educational technology and online learning. However, most people are not that simple and neither am I. I just got back from a speaking engagement at Virginia Beach and the Edgar Cace association for research and enlightenment (A.R.E). I was an invited speaker at the Transformative Leadership conference organized by Atlantic University.

Transformative Leadership
I would like to share my experiences of the conference. I gave two talks, more in the form of workshops than lectures, on mindfulness meditation practice and authenticity. I also led a mindfulness meditation session. I applied the knowledge I had gained from Gil Fronsdal (Ph.D), who provides free Mindfulness meditation material on his website and the Alexander technique.

I met incredible people at the conference. Everyone was mindful and eager for authentic communication. Being authentic is not easy for most of us as I learned from the participants of the workshop I gave on authenticity. I learned that most of us are not so clear on what it means to be authentic because we don’t know who we are.

Technology & Mindfulness Practice

Technology is great for our brains because it allows us to multitask, but at the same time, it’s draining. Balance is key. We should consider taking periodic, but ongoing mindful rests from the screen/s. I mean rest from our mobile and stand-alone devices. One way of resting our brains and bodies is mindfulness meditation practice. You are invited to join a 4-week self-paced Mindful Living course on WizIQ with video recordings, articles, live online classes with recordings, and one-on-one mentorship.

Meditation & Change in the Brain Structure

Educating for Awareness
Google and other big companies have been advocation mindfulness practice for their staff for a number of years. In fact, there’s a new trend called Mindful Technology with ideas on how to attain mindful living with technology.

Google & Mindfulness Practice
Google understands that in order to be creative and innovative, people need to learn about themselves. The journey of self discovery can transform leaders into followers and followers into leaders. Through mindfulness, leaders can reach a quality of mind that is required in today’s world because “Creativity and innovation drive competitiveness in the 21st century enterprises“.

Chade-Meng Tan from Google

Education for Awareness at School
Schools, such as The Denver Waldorf School in Denver, are also becoming aware of the importance of teaching parents and students about time off from the screen and being mindful of what is happening. We need to limit our screen time and fill in the gaps with mindful activities throughout the day.

What is your school or organization doing to promote mindful living?

Dr. Nellie Deutsch is faculty at Atlantic University in the MA transpersonal and leadership studies. Nellie is an educator, teacher trainer, researcher, writer, and consultant on e-learning, Moodle, WizIQ, blended learning, teaching, mindfulness and the Alexander practice, and lifelong learning. Nellie earned her doctorate in education and educational leadership with a specialization in curriculum and instruction from the University of Phoenix Her dissertation research (available on ProQuest & Amazon) focused on instructor experiences with integrating technology in blended learning contexts in higher education around the world. Nellie offers free Moodle for teacher courses to new, veteran, and future teachers who wish to teach online, face-to-face or in blended learning formats. She also provides online courses to teachers and ICT people on how to be administrators of Moodle websites. She integrates Moodle and WizIQ live virtual classes in all her courses.

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  • Reply October 21, 2012

    Dr. Nellie Deutsch

    I will be leading a course with life sessions called practising mindfulness on WizIQ so stay tuned.

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