Practicing meditation sounds easy – you sit quietly for at least 15-20 minutes and you’re done. But if you’re just starting out you may find yourself struggling to keep still and calm your mind. But lucky for beginners, as well as experienced practitioners, technology has caught up with this ancient practice as many tools have been developed to help rein in a wandering mind. Thanks to many technological devices or tools and advances in the study of brain science, it has become easier to sit quietly and focus on your breath (counting, feeling and even visualising it) while meditating.
Hi-Tech Meditation Teachers
Using your smart phone, tablet or computer, you can play live streams, apps and DVDs that teach you how to meditate properly. These tools will guide you through the process and they will help reduce the amount of time (and even money) needed to learn how to reach this peaceful state of being, which can help you battle the stressors of everyday life. Take away all the mystical stuff attached to meditation, and you will find that learning it is challenging but not impossible.
Keeping in Tune with our Bodies’ Natural Rhythms
A device, which features a sensor and software, can be used to monitor heart rate and breathing cycle when meditating. One end is plugged into a USB port of a Mac or PC and the other end is an ear clip that is placed on the earlobe. The measurements are taped by the software and fed back to the user through activities on the computer screen.
Users are provided instant, personalised feedback on their heart and breathing activities, concrete evidence of the physical effects of meditation on the body. It allows users to self-regulate their bodies’ natural rhythms and improve their meditation technique. In addition, there are also exercises for breathing techniques and tapping into emotions.
Brain Wave Technology
Scientists studying the effects of meditation on brain activity use brain-imaging technology to observe what meditative states look like.
For ordinary practitioners, there is a selection of brainwave entertainment tools for viewing various meditative states. Using your headphones, you can listen to relaxing, beautifully-created brainwave meditation recordings for just a few minutes each day and reap various benefits: relief from stress and anxiety, improved quality of sleep, sharpened thinking, and improved mood and happiness.
The world is forever changing. Mobile technology is here and not going anywhere anytime soon. Smart phones and tablets have become ubiquitous, so use it to support your practice of meditation. It is possible to have two things that seem to have opposite objectives in your life. The key is to discover the best ways you can integrate technology with meditation.