The Art of Immersion, Compassion, & Anger

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The Documented Life
by Sherry Turkle
The New York Times

When did you last immerse yourself in a moment, a conversation, or an experience? What did you gain from engaging fully? Reflecting on her 15 years of research on people and mobile technology, Turkle challenges us to be mindful of the number of disruptions we allow to enter into our daily experiences. In this article, she highlights how “[w]e interrupt conversations for documentation all the time…[and] when you get accustomed to a life of stops and starts, you get less accustomed to reflecting on where you are and what you’re thinking.” How might you practice immersion more often? (To learn more about Turkle’s work, watch her TEDTalk: Connected, But Alone?)

Let’s try emotional correctness
by Sally Kohn

How do you treat people who do not share your world views? What emotions drive those interactions? In this short video, Kohn shares some of the insights she has learned from working in an environment where she is in opposition to the majority of her colleagues – as a liberal, lesbian talking head for FOX news. Rather than focusing primarily on political persuasion, she reminds us that “our challenges is to find the compassion for others that we want them to have for us. That is emotional correctness.” Beginning with the fundamental building blocks of connection is “how we start the conversations that really lead to change.”   

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Aren’t We Right to be Angry?
How to Respond to Social Injustice: An interview with Buddhist scholar John Makransky

“Is anger ever a good thing?” Can it be transformative in leading to change or is it always destructive? Do we have to choose between love and angry or can they coexist in the movement for social justice? This thought-provoking interview with Dr. Makransky invites us to explore the significant, yet often time subtle, differences between anger and wrathful compassion. He shares: “Ordinary anger is motivated by fear and aversion; wrathful compassion is motivated by love that has the courage to confront people for their own sake. Anger seeks to protect the self, or one’s own self-righteousness. Wrathful compassion seeks to protect all others, by challenging what harms them.” Read more of the wisdom shared in this interview here.

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