Mindful Tech: The Era of Digital Meditation

Mindful Tech: The Era of Digital Meditation


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Remember the organic, green and holistic? Well, now the stage is the mindfulness, the buzzword that seems to be growing exponentially.

Since nizan guanaes until Willow Smith, everyone just wants to know how to reduce stress and live fully in the moment. And it gives you invent products that have already let us literally full of both mindfulness. However, I must admit that just because no one can stand to hear talk about that ” new restaurant organic / farm to table “, does not mean that the food of the poor is not good (probably should be a delight).

The same thing seems to be happen with this new (or is it mainstream?) Form of meditation: it gives a certain antipathy to see so many books, articles and SEVERAL TED lectures on the subject in convincing that meditation practice can lead to changes in mood of people. However, the practice itself is not without a huge benefit to anyone.

Okay, this talk is really cool:

And these two books can actually help you get started:

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On the desktop we can see this movement very clearly: companies are using this “technique” to reduce the stress of employees, reinforce positive / resilience against negative emotions events, decrease anxiety / irritability and create better relationships. But since at any given time and monitored by the boss, right?

Rabugices apart, with excessive advertising or not, practice living in the present is rather a way of seeing life in a more calm and conscious way. The benefits of practicing mindfulness can be even transformers. The problem is that it is an exercise as complex and difficult as any sport.

Look: first try to breathe and think of nothing, only focusing on the movement of your breath for 3 minutes.  Especially for those eager to 1 second longer remember an email not answered, eyes open and disperse.

It is there, in that moment, entering the triumphant technology to save our minds.

In the age of digital meditation, pps and gadgets are designed to help us focus and make this exercise a daily practice. Without forgetting to properly collect the data for creating metrics and performance analysis. 😉

The list hight – tech is long: Headspace , Spire , Thync , Buddhify , Muse , SmartMat , Melomind , Calm are some of the apps and the most talked about gadgets and used lately.

Of these, what impressed me most was Muse, a headset that uses EEG sensors to read our brainwaves, which, connected to the app Muse Calm , teaches us to meditate properly. By monitoring brain waves the application understands that the brain is quiet or active, showing the way to a state of greater stillness.

It works like this: when using the unit and practice mindfulness for a few minutes, if you are calm and practicing correctly, you will hear a sound wave. Already you are distracted with many thoughts lurking around your mind, you will hear the sound of wind. But if you can get to the stage of the “big boss” (Zen stage), you will hear sounds of birds and earn points! Leaving aside the joke, it’s amazing how advanced the technology is able to monitor the way of our thinking and our level of concentration.

Ariel Garten, one of the creative Muse shows the blessings of linking health to technology in this TED Talk:

The most interesting this fashion mindfultech is to see how technology companies use exactly the same principles of creating games (yes, those that generate stress) to develop their meditation apps. We spent phase in HeadSpace a fun and addictive way in any game. Is it likely, then, that the Muse or any other meditation gadget causes as much stress as a difficult phase of Candy Crush? Does external stimuli and monitoring both may end up being harmful to mental health?

In particular, I believe that, just as the discussion of a food be conceptually organic does not withdraw its healthful properties, a technology practice midnfulness can not be meditation in the ancient sense of the word, but still a way to bring more awareness and calm for a person. Technology should be used as a tool to achieve a goal and not as the main point of the exercise. In this case, it not only here to stay, but to help us transcend.

Welcome to the era of digital meditation!

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