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Meditation on a Smartphone

Meditation on a Smartphone

Achieve self-mastery in 30 days

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Here is a simple but vital morning ten-step meditation for achieving total self-knowledge and mastery within 30 days. It involves nothing more than a smartphone, your pocket or purse, and an active brain.

  1. Upon rising in the morning, place your smartphone in your pocket, purse, or whatever other way it stays attached to you. Make sure it is on, online and fully capable of disturbing you (vibrate is okay).
  2. Go about your morning pre-occupational routine. This must include at least twenty minutes of some mindful activity, such as sitting quietly, horseback riding, praying, standing on your head, calmly eating breakfast, and/or talking with your spouse and/or kids with your mind engaged. Activities that don’t count include: watching the morning news, driving to work, gulping down a smoothie and protein bar and/or screaming mindlessly at spouse and/or kids.
  3. While involved in your morning activities, you will sense an urge to check your e‑mail/messages/stocks/weather/Facebook/Tweets/photostream/nothing-in-particular etc. Feel how that urge radiates through your nervous system, generating palpitations of the heart and twitching of the muscles of the arm and hand. Feel how your hand has already moved towards the smartphone without even asking permission. Be aware of all this as a detached, nonresponsive party. Return to your activity.
  4. Your smartphone will begin to buzz, tweet, sing, chime and otherwise actively make itself audibly present. Be aware of these sounds and vibrations. Be aware of the reactions throughout your biosystem, auto-responding to those stimuli. Feel how this smartphone resides not only in your pocket, but has embedded elements of itself within your nervous, cardiovascular, endocrine, motor and metabolic systems.
  5. Now focus your mental powers and visualize the smartphone’s official embassy residing in a portion of your brain. Most likely, this is somewhere in the vicinity of your Bluetooth earpiece. Invisibly enter the offices of that embassy. Observe its staff busy at their consoles, dispatching communications to various centers of your brain, glands, heart, kishkes (including stomach, liver and adrenal glands) and hand. Be aware of those messages radiating throughout your body. Enter the boardroom of that embassy and listen in on the discussion of strategies to bypass your newfound meditation. Observe the sense of frustration and desperation of the staff executives.
  6. Visualize yourself quietly leaving that office. Gently close the door behind you. Continue your morning activity.
  7. Continue to ignore smartphone sensations as necessary, until your work time arrives.
  8. Once you are at your place of work, close your eyes, focus your mind again, and visualize that smartphone embassy once more. As you walk in, the staff rises to their feet in recognition and awe of you, their master.
  9. You may now commence use of your smartphone.
  10. The above meditation should be repeated on a regular basis over a period of 30 days. At that point, you may print and post this diploma at your place of work:

This is to certify that ________ has completed thirty days of intense, self-mastery meditation, achieving true self-knowledge, and is now a liberated human being.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman, a senior editor at Chabad.org, also heads our Ask The Rabbi team. He is the author of Bringing Heaven Down to Earth. To subscribe to regular updates of Rabbi Freeman's writing, visit Freeman Files subscription. FaceBook @RabbiTzviFreeman Periscope @Tzvi_Freeman .
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Ayit Zohar ben Lotan Lisbon, Portugal May 26, 2014

Great way It works! It was of a great enjoyment making this one! Reply

Jim Milton, FL November 11, 2013

I NEED this. Thanks, Rabbi Zvi! Reply

Bar Tel Aviv November 11, 2013

so cool Golda's comment-well put! Reply

Anonymous phoenix az November 8, 2013

What fun. really enjoyed this one. Reply

Anonymous Thornhill October 30, 2013

Whoa! What a challenge! I don't know if I'm strong enough to do it - but I NEED to Reply

Anonymous October 30, 2013

really enjoy your humour and second degree metaphores being light and accurate semaphores.ok let s say one got the certificate, Since no human being will accept it as a proof of good morality, is it equivalent to a social death or exclusion a ticket to freedom or a ticket to the grave..i phone 4-Steem- Reply

Cliff London October 30, 2013

Liberated Really? Will believe it when it happens! Reply

Someone Somewhere October 29, 2013

It's awesome, but.... Loved the article, but what do you do in case that you have to reply to emails for your work? Reply

Golda Somewhere in the universe October 28, 2013

so cool Your talent shines like a beacon to those being tossed on the sea of technology ! Reply

Me Here! October 28, 2013

Ha! this should be in Spanish! Reply

Trnsltr Mexico October 28, 2013

Terrific! I think many people should read this. Thanks Mr.! Reply

Pesel USA October 27, 2013

LOVE IT! :) :) :) Reply

Bathsheba-Bethel Ehrend Dessau October 27, 2013

Thank you, Rabbi Tzvi, ... I prefer my archaic, trusted method: every morning a little green leaflet with quotations, based on the Rebbe's and your texts. It works. Have a gut woch, a good week.
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Bar Tel Aviv October 27, 2013

B smart Rabbi Tzvi! mamash great! :) Reply

Yehuda ny October 24, 2013

Love it. Don't be a slave to your smartphone. Let it be yours. Reply

marcia schlesinger October 24, 2013

smartphone enlightenment That was hilarious, I loved it. posted, it on fb. So perfect for my one son whose hand is now shaped like a phone.!! Reply

Scott NYC October 24, 2013

This is Wonderful...... Reply

Robert Kunkel St. Thomas VI October 24, 2013

How Wonderful! What a wonderful way to merge mindfulness and the rigors of a daily routine. Your words speak well of wisdom. Thank you. I will pass it along to receptive souls. Reply

claus Buenos AIres October 18, 2013

iPhone-Buda, not bad. Reply

Anonymous October 14, 2013

Lol Thanks, Reb Tzvi! Reply

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