When you’re gripped by anxiety, fear, grief or dread, how do you escape? It can happen in the span of a few breaths, according to meditation experts Jack Kornfield and Trudy Goodman. They have helped thousands of people find their way out of a mental loop, by moving deeper into it. It’s a journey inward that reveals an important lesson for the architects of the attention economy: you cannot begin to build humane technology for billions of users until you pay careful attention to the course of your own wayward thoughts.
Trudy Goodman is a vipassana meditation teacher, co-founder of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and the founding teacher of InsightLA.
Jack Kornfield is an author, Buddhist practitioner and co-founder of Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, CA.
Jack and Trudy were married in 2016.