From: Howard Jacobson <>
Subject: Is there a dark side to meditation apps?

Today's Plant Yourself Podcast tackles a very timely issue - the pros and cons of meditation and mindfulness apps like Headspace, Calm, 10% Happier, and others. 

Since we can't gather to meditate or participate in spiritual rituals or gatherings, and since most of us are on edge in the time of pandemic, we're relying on apps more and more to guide our mindfulness practices.

My guest, religion professor and digital explorer Greg Grieve, argues that in some important ways, these apps actually subvert the spiritual goals of Buddhism and other meditative traditions. See what you think...

Watch or listen to our conversation here: 

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