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Marc Jacquemin

Marc Jacquemin

In 2003 I started reading about buddhism and meditation, but it wasn’t until 2007 that I decided to make it a way of life. Since then I’ve been a buddhist and meditation practitioner.
I love gizmos and gadgets, I am fascinated by how in just a few years, technology has changed the way we socialise, we consume media and we communicate.
I am an audio and mechanical engineer and founder of Meditacious, a project that looks into ways of using technology to support meditation and other buddhist practices.

Saturday, 12 October 2013 17:07

Can technology and meditation be friends?

In the fast paced world we live in, distraction is everywhere: TV, advertisements, billboards, mobile phones, tablets, magazines, computers, the internet, cereal boxes... EVERYWHERE!

In my case, if I don’t meditate first thing in the morning and leave it for later, that’s it, it just doesn’t happen.

Ok, I’ll just check my emails quickly... Oh wait, I need to reply to that email urgently... What’s new on Facebook... Oh, look a funny video... I’m hungry now... I’ll just send that email, then I promise I’ll meditate... Wait, did I pay that bill... I just do this very quickly and then I will meditate 20 minutes...”

Thursday, 18 April 2013 18:56

Meditation meets technology

I’m a geek. I love technology. I feel it empowers me to get what I need, or mainly what I don’t need but want, almost instantly. I want a movie, boom, it’s there, a song, click, I can start listening to it in less than a second. If I can’t remember something, I google it. You get the idea. 

So what does this have to do with meditation? So far, nothing it seems. Gizmos have become a major source of distraction, and in most case they play a big part, at least for me, in taking us away from the meditation cushion. It’s so easy to grab you iPad and spend hours on Facebook and Twitter, to start watching a movie on Netflix,and so on... We want to be entertained, distracted from our own mind because it’s much easier than spending 10 minutes on a cushion trying not to grasp at our thoughts and emotions.