The Wandering Mind

The Wandering Mind: What Medieval Monks Tell Us About Distraction
The Wandering Mind: What Medieval Monks Tell Us About Distraction
The Wandering Mind

This title has a release date of January 3, 2023. See below for more information.

Written by: Jamie Kreiner

Publisher: Liveright

The Wandering Mind Release Date

The Wandering Mind releases January 3, 2023

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The Wandering Mind Release Date


January 3, 2023

The Wandering Mind Release Date

The Wandering Mind released on January 3, 2023.

The Wandering Mind Synopsis

How Christian monks identified distraction as a fundamental challenge―and how their efforts to defeat it can inform ours, more than a millennium later.

It is easy to imagine that our state of constant distractedness is peculiar to the digital age, but distraction has been a concern in every era―perhaps never more so than for Christian monks living in Ireland, Iran, and the places in between, from 300 to 900 CE. Though they quit the world for lives of seclusion, monks still struggled to concentrate, and they came to perceive distraction as a fundamental problem of consciousness. As the historian Jamie Kreiner reveals in The Wandering Mind, we are obsessed with distraction today in large part because they were. Exploring the sophisticated techniques monks developed in their endless quest to clear their heads―from unforgiving sleep regimens to massive meditational construction projects―Kreiner demonstrates that their insights, remarkably, can be useful to us now. Blending history and psychology, The Wandering Mind is a witty, illuminating account of human fallibility that bridges a distant era and our own. 30 black-and-white images throughout

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