How do we thought­ful­ly mon­i­tor and mod­er­ate our con­sump­tion of media? How can we fill our minds with what is good and beau­ti­ful rather than sim­ply go to media to escape? This episode with Paul Pat­ton — author, play­wright, and pro­fes­sor emer­i­tus at Spring Arbor — dives into these questions.

Show Notes

[2:38] I real­ly liked the sub­ti­tle you guys came up with for the book. The book is Every­day Sab­bath: How to Lead Your Dance with Media and Tech­nol­o­gy in Mind­ful and Sacred Ways. It’s a won­der­ful way to say every­thing that’s in the book. Tell us a lit­tle about the book.

[6:32] Could you unpack a lit­tle when you say dance with pop culture?”

[8:27] Part of what I’m hear­ing in this dance is to be inten­tion­al, to not be a vic­tim. How have you learned to take the lead in the dance?

[9:45] So if I con­clude that I’m scrolling through stuff for reward or relief, does that mean I stop? 

[11:00] One of the things I appre­ci­ate about the book is that this is road test­ed. The oth­er piece I found help­ful is the prac­tices. Could you talk a lit­tle bit about how spir­i­tu­al prac­tices tie into our dance with pop culture?

[18:53] Do we know how to stew­ard our boredom?

[20:10] His­tor­i­cal­ly, when has the term binge ever been positive?

[22:08] A while back we did a pod­cast on your habit of mem­o­riz­ing, of stew­ard­ing the stir­rings of your soul. Are you still doing this?


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