While my iPod contains my entire music collection, I tend to use it more as a handheld computer than an mp3 player.
I have my fair share of games, utilities, and more than a few news apps. For my work, I can check my e-mail, use the calendar app to keep appointments, use the ToDo app for my to-do list, an app called Billings tracks my billable hours, and the Bento app organizes my projects.
For my Zen practice, I have a meditation timer, digital copies of various Zen and Taoist texts, the digital version of FM3’s Buddha Machine, iKoto for experimenting with Japanese music, Alan Watts podcasts in iTunes, and the calendar app reminds me when to sit zazen.
My latest app acquisition is Lose It!, which I use to monitor my calorie intake in my latest effort to drop some weight. It’s working well, but is it still mindfulness?
I’m reading Mindful Eating by Jan Chozen Bays and starting to apply what I’m learning, but I also find that the iPod app is making me really pay attention to every meal and every snack. Which I think is good, but I wonder: Is the iPod becoming a kind of mind-crutch? Or is it more of a digital keisaku, helping me stay focused?