Press Kit: Nancy Colier

Did you know ...


- The average person checks their phone 150 times per day, or every 6 minutes?

- The average person now spends more time on their phone or laptop than sleeping?


 - A child born in 2013 will spend 1 year of their life in front of a device by the age of 7?

Have you ever caught yourself checking your smartphone while you’re behind the wheel—even though you know it’s dangerous? Does your text alert chime make you interrupt a conversation with a person sitting right in front of you? “The compulsion to constantly check our devices plays on primal instincts,”

teaches Nancy Colier. Even lifelong meditators and people who’ve never suffered from addiction issues now find themselves caught in the subtle trap of these miraculous tools we’ve created.

With The Power of Off: The Mindful Way to Stay Sane in a Virtual World (on sale November 2016), this respected therapist and author presents an essential resource for anyone struggling with the invasive influence of modern technology. She begins by examining how today’s devices push our buttons so effectively, then offers self-evaluation tools and mindfulness practices to help us take back control of our lives. The Power of Off includes a 30-day digital detox program to kickstart a healthier relationship with technology. Here is a path for making use of the virtual world while still feeling good, having healthy relationships, and staying connected with what is genuinely meaningful in life.


“The Power of Off examines the challenges that technology is creating for us and how it is leading us away from feeling present, feeling connected to ourselves, and, in a word, feeling well,” says Colier. “It is not the devices that need to wake up in the digital age, but, rather, we human beings.”



NANCY COLIER is a psychotherapist, interfaith minister, author, and veteran meditator. She is the author of Inviting a Monkey to Tea: Befriending Your Mind and Discovering Lasting Contentment (Hohm Press, 2012). She lives in New York City. For more, visit Nancy is a regular contributor to Psychology Today and The Huffington Post.

"This is an important book for our time, and one you can use to help create a sense of freedom in your relationship with technology.”

- SHARON SALZBERG, author of Lovingkindness and Real Happiness


Excerpt (pdf download)

Suggested Interview Questions


New York Times (Jane Brody): Hooked on Our Smartphones 

FOX Health News TV: Are You Addicted to Your Cell phone?

Tiny Buddha: The Power of Off When Escaping the Moment is the New Moment

Redbook: Unplug a Little, Gain a Lot (PDF)


Jenny McCarthy Show (Sirius)

It's All Happening with Zach Leary

CBS Radio: Health & Wellbeing

Nancy Colier

The Power of Off: The Mindful Way to Stay Sane in a Virtual World

By Nancy Colier

Sounds True | Nov. 1, 2016 | 5 x 9 |
232 pages

Paperback | W | $16.95

ISBN: 978-1622037957


"Readers fascinated by how digital technology has changed the world, particularly everyday human interaction, will appreciate the author’s thought-provoking viewpoint."

—Publishers Weekly

“A critical and compelling discussion of how living in the digital age affects our minds, bodies, and relationships—and, most importantly, how through the simple practice of mindfulness, we can navigate these times with clarity and wisdom.”

—Tara Brach, PhD, author of Radical Acceptance and True Refuge


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