2013 Shamatha Workshop in Cape Ann, MA
“The fast pace of modern life been caricatured at least since the Marx Brothers as an office where deals are made with a phone in each hand. In the 1930s it was largely an audience of farmers and factory workers cackling at that mocking image, but today even stock traders and Hollywood producers are living in a newly corrosive mental environment that appears ill-suited for the human species.
It is an environment in which the ecology of the human mind is facing a threat that seems every bit as important, unprecedented, and inexorable as climate change. And as with global warming, there is a growing concern that we may have discovered a looming disaster only after it is to late to do much about it.
The new phenomenon in our mental ecosystem demanding that we adapt to it is multitasking.”
from the Shamatha workshop in Cape Ann, MA, May 31 – June 3, 2013