I’m new to the community and am enjoying the discussions so far.
Here is a short NPR piece on the incorporation of mindfulness practice into Silicon Valley’s high-tech corporate culture. This is part of a general wellness effort, packaged as, among other things, “The Wisdom 2.0 Conference”, “corporate mindfulness”, or mindfulness-oriented mobile apps (calm.com, Headspace, and Simply Being).
Overall I’m encouraged by this direction and am curious about how it will unfold. It brings up a couple questions for me.
-How are individual and collective interests balanced here? Can a community (corporate or otherwise) practice mindfulness? How could mindfulness, a vehicle to reduce suffering and gain understanding, fit in to a collective effort to innovate in this fast-paced high-tech culture? What is wise intention in this effort?
-How do mindfulness and technology interact? What is the role of technology in cultivating mindfulness? What is the role for mindfulness in the cultivation of creativity and technological innovation?