Episode #71

Mindhacking: Finding Serenity in a Tech-Obsessed World

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Join our host Manoush Zomorodi for a "digital detox" at the intersection of Buddhism and technology.

Because, you see, Manoush is an addict.

A Pinterest addict.

Like many tech lovers who find it hard to unplug, she couldn't manage to power off her iPad during a recent home renovation project: "Just one more pin of Scandinavian kitchens or herringbone hardwood floors," she would plead with herself.

The solution, she discovered, was what we're calling a "digital detox," a sort of juice-cleanse for the mind (minus the cayenne-lemonade).

This week on New Tech City, you'll hear strategies and science from two experts about building a more purposeful approach to email and smartphones, on how to strengthen your IRL relationships and even rediscover the wonder of your neighborhood or town. 

Priya Parker of Thrive Labs is a visioner who helps companies and leaders set goals and innovate in part by questioning the use of technology. You'll hear her tips for how to identify your core purpose and make sure tech is a tool — not an impediment — as you work to stay true to that purpose.

You'll also hear from Vincent Horn, co-founder of Buddhist Geeks, a podcast/company/conference that seeks to bridge the gap between spiritual practice and technology. Stay to the end of our podcast for a special mini-meditation session led by Horn.


Alternately, if you have just one minute, this video is a fun motivational pitch for attempting to take control of your digital vices. 

Some music in this episode provided by Podington Bear from the Sound of Picture Production Library. Find a soundtrack for your own project at

    Music Playlist
  1. Agnes
  2. Memories Of Thailand (Beat Doctor's 'stuck in Britain' remix)
  3. Night Owl
  4. Boop

Guide to Finding Inner Peace Through your Smart Phone

It seems totally contradictory, but that distracting device in your hand can also be your salvation for focusing your mind through meditation.

Comments [1]

Comments [3]

jf from ny

Cellphones cause cancer, tumors.

Feb. 01 2014 01:53 PM

The first part of this segment about Manoush Zomorodi's struggle with Pinterest, especially on the tails of the previous video segment, almost made me cancel my podcast subscription. But I thought the segments with Priya Parker and Vincent Horn were valuable, even though they shared methods I've already incorporated for quite a while now. And this gets to the absurdity of this so called "digital detox." Our digital experiences are not inherently bad. The point is about using them thoughtfully so they help us, rather than hurt is and lead to regret.

Jan. 29 2014 12:31 PM
Julia from Brooklyn

There's a start-up working on an awesome app to help us take control of our technological lives - check it out!

Off-time cuts out all the distractions while letting through the important stuff (or sending somebody a text to say you'll get back to them later). Just needs to get out of beta already!!

Jan. 29 2014 07:59 AM

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