Mindfulness Mode

294 Digital Self Mastery With Dr. Heidi Forbes Oste

February 8, 2018

Dr. Forbes Öste is a behavioral scientist & best-selling author. She teaches people how Mindfulness and Technology are connected and she has devoted years to doing scholarly research in the human relationship with technology. Dr. Forbes Öste is a consultant in the field of Social Strategy. In addition to all this, she has a passion for the topic of wellbeing. Dr. Forbes Öste founded the movement for Digital Self Mastery to support the transition into the digital era without losing humanity in the process.


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Most Influential Person

  • My Grandmother

Effect on Emotions

  • Mindfulness enables me to be more stable. About five years ago we were still living in Sweden. We now live in California.
  • I had season affective disorder that became progressively worse every year. It can result in very deep depression and it was on the extreme.
  • I came to California for some meetings and felt normal because it was sunny every day and I was outside. I was with friends who were doing yoga everyday.
  • They had a mindfulness practice of their own in that way. Just being part of that after being deep in a depression that had lasted several years, I was brought out enough in order to get that prospective look at what was going on.
  • I saw that chemical response that was happening in my system. I knew that something needed to change. Not being able to get that awareness and prospective is where you get stuck without mindfulness.

Thoughts on Breathing

  • It's yogic breathing if anything. I used to teach yoga and I that type of breathing comes most naturally to me.

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Bullying Story

  • I can give you a current story because I had an interesting experience just last week while I was speaking at a conference in Warsaw. It was a tech conference.
  • My presentation was more of a story-telling thing. This was not a typical tech talk; instead I was telling people you need to be grateful for technology. This does not necessarily resonate with everyone.
  • Later in the day I talked more about the research and the science behind it and the neurological implications. While I was speaking, somebody tweeted a nasty, trolling comment that was like, 'that was the most boring presentation, what does that have to do with tech ....'. I was raised that if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all.
  • Anyway, it was unnecessary. I went back into the green room after my talk and I was looking at some of the comments and I saw that and my heart kind of sank. I thought, that wasn't a very nice thing to say.
  • There were two or three people sitting around me when I read it and they said, 'that's awful'.
  • Actually, the response was that they tweeted replies to the comment saying, that's so wrong, it was amazing. It was just this beautiful moment of support and wonderfulness.
  • What I found from my own awareness of that response was that instead of it ruining my day, my response was; 'that's a shame', and, 'she must have been having a bad day.' I took a moment to breathe and I thought, 'that's really sad'. I felt sorry for her more than for me.