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Robert Plotkin, co-creator of the “Hack Your Mind” series at MIT, explores the intersection between the practice of mindfulness and the use of technology in the modern age on the Technology For Mindfulness Podcast. Show notes can be found at, and you can also follow us at and Come back often and feel free to subscribe in iTunes or add the Technology For Mindfulness Podcast to your favorite podcast application.

Robert Plotkin, co-creator of the “Hack Your Mind” series at MIT, explores the intersection between the practice of mindfulness and the use of technology in the modern age on the Technology For Mindfulness Podcast. Show notes can be found at, and you can also follow us at and Come back often and feel free to subscribe in iTunes or add the Technology For Mindfulness Podcast to your favorite podcast application.


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Robert Plotkin, co-creator of the “Hack Your Mind” series at MIT, explores the intersection between the practice of mindfulness and the use of technology in the modern age on the Technology For Mindfulness Podcast. Show notes can be found at, and you can also follow us at and Come back often and feel free to subscribe in iTunes or add the Technology For Mindfulness Podcast to your favorite podcast application.




70: Charlie Hartwell - The Future of Mindful Technology

In episode 70, Charlie Hartwell joins us for a conversation about scaling mindfulness technologies. Charlie is the managing partner of Bridge Builders Collaborative. He’s part of a group of successful investors who have invested in startup companies in the mental wellness, consciousness, and spirituality spaces. Throughout our conversation, Charlie Hartwell shares about how the mental wellness space has grown and shifted over the years, and where it’s at today. He shares about the...


69: Dr Wayne Pernell - Deliberately, Actively, & Positively Becoming Human

In episode 69, Dr. Wayne Pernell joins us to talk about realigning actions with intent. As a Global Executive Coach, Wayne brings a suite of resources, training and coaching to lift people up to reach their highest potential of productivity, personal effectiveness, and fulfillment. Throughout our conversation, Dr. Wayne Pernell shares his story for how he entered into the executive coaching world, how to follow through on goals, and what people can do to become more focused and productive...


68: Marygrace Sexton, Natalie Sexton & Bethany Baker - Recalibrate Your Relationships with A-GAP Reprieves

In episode 68, Marygrace Sexton, Natalie Sexton & Bethany Baker join us to talk about their organization: A-GAP. This nonprofit organization hosts events called reprieves, where people learn to recalibrate their relationships with technology in both their work lives and personal lives. Throughout our conversation, the A-GAP team shares their origin story and all about how they have dedicated their lives and careers to helping young adults reconnect with themselves, loved ones, and the world...


67: Reflecting on 2019 & Propelling You Into 2020

In this special episode, Robert Plotkin closes out 2019 by unpacking some helpful tips for developing healthy digital habits that you can cultivate in the coming year and decade. He provides strategies and tips for engaging in deeply reflective practices to assess your relationship with technology and how to break free from the unhealthy technology habits that carry you from day to day. In This Episode, You Will Learn:


66: Amy Giddon - Engage in the Collective Experience of Expression

In episode 66, Amy Giddon, Co-Founder and CEO of Daily Haloha, joins us for a conversation about her app that functions as an alternative to existing social media platforms. It provides a structure within to engage in social networking more mindfully. Throughout our conversation, Amy shares her personal story about what inspired her app. It all started in the fall of 2016 around the Presidential Election and all that unfolded. She felt disheartened by how the process created such a stark...


65: Ariel Garten - The Device That Helps You Develop Meditation Skills

In this episode, Ariel Garten joins us for a conversation about how her company’s device, Muse, provides you with real-time feedback about your own internal state while you meditate. Muse is a brain-sensing headband that tracks your brain activity and uses sound as a stimulus to get your brain back to focusing on your breath. Throughout the conversation, Ariel begins by talking extensively about the benefits that Muse provides and how it actively helps people develop their meditation...


64: Jay Vidyarthi - Attention Activism

In episode 64, Jay Vidyarthi joins us for a conversation centered around attention activism, including the value of just paying attention to your repetitive habits with technology. Jay Vidyarthi is a frequent speaker and educator on the topic of attention activism and mindfulness, with specific expertise on the user-experience and design aspects of technology. In this episode, Jay begins with explaining what exactly attention activism is, and how people can start reclaiming their ability to...


63: Christina Crook - Savor the Experience of Disconnecting

In episode 63, Christina Crook joins us for a conversation about how to savor the experience of disconnecting from technology. Christina is the founder of JOMO: The Joy of Missing Out, where she helps people find balance in the digital world and connect with others again – outside of technology. In this episode, Christina starts by telling us the story of her digital detox, where she disconnected completely from technology for 31 days. This is where her story begins. Since then, she’s...


Reducing the screen time at home

Over the years through Technology for Mindfulness and as a teacher, martial artist, and technology developer, we’ve helped countless people learn how to become aware of, confront, and ultimately win their invisible wars with technology. We’ve worked with people from all walks of life. And from professionals to college students, the one group that I’ve found having the most difficulty with technology is parents. Parents are in a particularly tricky position when it comes to dealing with...


62: Nina Hersher - Finding Community in the Digital Wellness Space

In episode 62, Nina Hersher joins us for a conversation about finding a community focused on digital wellness. Nina is a co-founder of Digital Wellness Collective, a unique organization where people working together on digital health and wellbeing can collaborate with each other, meet one another, share experience, support each other, promote one another’s work, and so much more. Nina Hersher is the co-founder of the Digital Wellness Collective. She holds her Master of Social Work with an...


61: Christina Malecka - The Power of a Digital Mindfulness Retreat

In episode 61, Christina Malecka joins us for a conversation around how to implement a digital mindfulness retreat into your life, and why this will positively transform your relationship with technology. AS a Seattle-based psychotherapist, Christina has had a front-row seat to the emotional impact smartphones and social media have had on her clients, including loneliness, anxiety, and alienation. To combat this epidemic, Christina Melecka has created a series of digital mindfulness...


How to manage your responses to technology disruption

In this episode of the Technology for Mindfulness Podcast, I wanted to cover some simple steps you can take in how you interact with technology to create positive change in your life. I've had other experiences in life where I had changed my own habitsI had control of myself and knew that it came down to how my mind and body reacted to the phone ringing. I used a combination of my experience of mindfulness meditation and martial arts training to train myself to respond to the phone ringing...


60: David Ryan Polgar - How to Stop Oversharing Personal Data

In episode 60, David Ryan Polgar joins us for an engaging conversation around the history of digital wellbeing and what it means to be human in the digital age. David takes a different approach to how people should combat oversharing personal data and addiction to technology. Instead of focusing on what we, as end-users, need to do to combat overuse or misuse of technology, David focuses on transforming the ways that technology itself is deployed. David Ryan Polgar is a 3-time TEDx speaker...


How to avoid being distracted by your phone at work

On today’s episode of the Technology For Mindfulness podcast, I’m going to share with you some of my own journey in grappling with stress and distraction from technology. In this episode, you will learn: After more than 50 episodes of the Technology For Mindfulness, we’re releasing a new product that will help with this very issue to help build a habit around our responses to our smartphones. I’d like to ask for your help. If you go to, we have a short questionnaire that you...


59: Tracy Dennis-Tiwary – The Ultimate Form of Avoidance

In episode 59, Tracy Dennis-Tiwary joins us for a thoughtful discussion around how parent-child relationships are impacted by technology use. She dives into the details of how the human eyes have evolved to function in social settings, tracking eye movements and sharing gaze with others—and how technology can disrupt that communication. Dr. Tracy Dennis-Tiwary is a professor of psychology, clinical psychologist, and digital mental health expert. She was recently featured on ABC’s...


58: Richard Chambers - A Smiling Mind With Technology

In episode 58, Dr. Richard Chambers joins us for an engaging discussion about how he encourages and teaches people to experiment with their use of technology. In particular, he prompts them to pay attention to both how they feel subjectively when they are using technology in different ways, in different situations, and also how they feel when not using it at all. Dr. Richard Chambers is a clinical psychologist and leading mindfulness expert. He feels his calling is working with and teaching...


57: Teodora Pavkovic - Reconnecting with Kids in the Age of Technology

In episode 57, Teodora Pavkovic—psychologist and parent coach focused on parenting in the age of technology—joins us for a discussion about how technology has impacted the relationship between parents and their children. Specifically, she talks about how, as children grow up, there’s a discrepancy between what mentoring and monitoring technology looks like, and how parents and children relate to one another. Teodora Pavkovic is a New York City-based psychologist, international speaker and...


56: Teru Clavel - Technology Use in Classrooms Around the World

In episode 56, Teru Clavel—author, speaker, and global mom—joins us for a discussion about world-class education for kids and the role that technology plays in the classroom. Together, we discuss the difference between learning with and without computers, tablets, and other forms of technology, and how that affects kids’ retention rates. Teru Clavel’s upcoming book World Class which is set for release on August 20, is a mix of a memoir, research, and takeaways. In this book, she takes us on...


55: Caroline Castrillon - It’s Time to Set Boundaries with Technology

In episode 55, Caroline Castrillon, business coach and Forbes contributor, joins us for a discussion about how entrepreneurs can become more focused and productive through being mindful and disciplined with technology use. Caroline founded Corporate Escape Artist for both solopreneurs, entrepreneurs, and those dreaming of running their own business. The mission of Corporate Escape Artist is to inspire and empower corporate professionals to take the leap into entrepreneurship and fully...


54: Dawn Wible - The Benefits of More Talking and Less Technology

In Episode 54, Dawn Wible, the Founder of Talk More Tech Less joins us for a discussion about various ways that we can re-introduce in-person, non-tech related, communication back into our lives. Dawn founded Talk More Tech Less in an effort to provide support, resources and education to help, both, adults and children “prioritize relationships over technology.” Talk More Tech Less is committed to the work of deeper, more connected communication and provides, what they call, the “Facts and...