News interview with Jonathan Kaplan, Ph.D. on his new book Urban Mindfulness highlighting the pleasures and pitfalls of navigating and thriving in our jam-packed, hustle-bustle lifestyles. A clinical psychologist and mindfulness practitioner, Dr. Kaplan talks a bit about the fact that it isn’t our stimulus-packed environment that is the culprit, but how we relate to it that results in stress and suffering. That’s an important point. Life offers up a plethora of things to attend to, and there is no way we can stop the “firehose blast” of stimuli, but we can decide how we are going to work with what is offered up. It’s true in the urban landscape, but equally true in the rural. As Mary Oliver noted in The Summer Day, “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”
For more on the topic, consult the Urban Mindfulness website.