Screen Addictions, Digital Toxicity and the Importance of Mindfulness in the 21st Century Information Age
Behavior Change Strategies
Brian Luke Seaward, PhD
Executive Director, The Paramount Wellness Institute
CHES® – 1.0 | ICHWC – 1.0 | AAFP – 1.08
The information age has brought with it many stress-related problems including digital toxicity, digital dementia and cognitive impairment, and emotional burnout. It has also raised questions and issues about work-life balance. Today, with the prolific use of screen time, people are wiring their brains (neuroplasticity) for stress. As issues rise about addictive screentime, so too is an interest in the practice of mindfulness, perhaps as a means for cognitive balance? Experts from MIT and Stanford University are now expressing concern with our love affair with technology, citing an increased compromise of cognitive skills including short term and long term memory, attention span and critical thinking. If digital toxicity is a poison could the practice of mindfulness be the antitdote? Perhaps.
Brian Luke Seaward is renowned nationally and internationally as an expert in the field of stress management, mind-body-spirit healing and corporate health promotion. The wisdom of Brian Luke Seaward, a TEDx speaker, can be found quoted in PBS specials, college lectures, medical seminars, boardroom meetings, church sermons, keynote addresses, and graduation speeches all over the world. It has been said that he looks like James Taylor, dresses like Indiana Jones, and writes like Mark Twain. In the role of traveler, visionary, mystic, healer and mentor, Brian Luke Seaward has created a legacy in the field of wellness and health promotion for all to share.
In addition to teaching several thousand students at the University of Illinois, University of Maryland, The American University, the University of Colorado, and the University of Northern Colorado, not to mention thousands of workshop participants, he has shared the insights of meditation with the staff at the White House (’90-94), taught stress management techniques with various heads of state, and coached relaxation techniques to several Olympic athletes, Broadway actors, media personalities, and leaders of several multinational corporations. His corporate clients include Hewlett Packard, Procter & Gamble, Conoco Oil, Quaker Oats, John Deere, BP, Hewlett Packard, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Seagate, Mutual of Omaha,Organic Valley Dairy, the US Army, The US Airforce, and many others. An extremely popular speaker at various conferences from the National Wellness Institute and the Institute of Noetic Sciences to the National Fibromyalsia Association, Dr. Seaward leaves everyone inspired, enlightened and entertained. Through it all, he reminds us, stress knows no demographic boundaries.
Dr. Seaward has authored 16 books including the popular best sellers, Managing Stress, Stressed is Desserts Spelled Backward , and Quiet Mind, Fearless Hear . The acclaimed book, Stand Like Mountain , Flow Like Water: Reflections on Stress and Human Spirituality, (now released as a 10th anniversary edition) has been described as the sequel to M. Scott Peck’s, The Road Less Traveled.
His colleague and mentor Larry Dossey, M.D. says, “Dr. Seaward daringly goes beyond the usual approach to the subject (of stress) to speak of the soul and of human spirituality because he realizes that stress management and maximal health are impossible to attain unless the questions of life’s meaning are addressed.” Former Good Morning America host, Joan Lunden says, “Luke’s words have touched my life profoundly and helped me to find grace and dignity, the patience and compassion needed to navigate my ever-changing course. They have helped me understand that it is the way I choose to see the world that I will create the world I see.”