“Certainly we can say that the pace of modern life, increased and supported by our technology in general and our personal electronics in particular, has resulted in a short attention span and an addiction to the influx of information. A mind so conditioned has little opportunity to think critically, and even less chance to experience life deeply by being in the present moment. A complex life with complicated activities, relationships and commitments implies a reflexive busy-ness that supplants true thinking and feeling with knee-jerk reactions. It is a life high in stress and light on substance, at least in the spiritually meaningful dimensions of being.” ― Arthur Rosenfeld

“A piece of plastic stole an entire species—In lobbies, in the bathroom, in an elevator,Ideas, reactions, and silent contemplations,During lunchtime, during mass, during his funeral, On the street, on break, on duty,Before the waiter brings the food and after the check,While the flight attendant bothers to request airplane mode, While a trafficked victim speaks to you in code,While the potential love of our life just walked past,While mother cooks with a recipe we forgot to ask.” ― Karl Kristian Flores, Can I Tell You Something?

“The Japanese see the seasons as signposts, visible reminders of our own natural rhytms.In modern life, these often get disrupted, as we extend our days with strong artificial light, interrupt our sensitive biorhytms with blue lights from our electronic devices and push ourselves to be highly productive just because it’s another weekday. We push on, regardless of whether our body is trying to tell us it’s time to hibernate, or get outside for some summer sunshine – and then we wonder why we get sick.” ― Beth Kempton, Wabi Sabi: Japanese Wisdom for a Perfectly Imperfect Life

“Certainly we can say that the pace of modern life, increased and supported by our technology in general and our personal electronics in particular, has resulted in a short attention span and an addiction to the influx of information. A mind so conditioned has little opportunity to think critically, and even less chance to experience life deeply by being in the present moment. A complex life with complicated activities, relationships and commitments implies a reflexive busy-ness that supplants true thinking and feeling with knee-jerk reactions. It is a life high in stress and light on substance, at least in the spiritually meaningful dimensions of being.” ― Arthur Rosenfeld