Good news: regardless of how busy you get and how noisy your world is, it’s now easy to create a “digital cave” and get away from it all.
Thousands of years ago, spiritual masters meditated in caves. The earth was sparsely populated and there was virtually no electronic technology. This environment facilitated an experience of deep and abiding peace.
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The basics remain in place: meditation, breathing, wakefulness… the same powerful techniques that have been used for centuries are still primary for creating a soulful life today, even though there are now more distractions and interferences than at any other time in human history. In fact, it’s more accurate to call it pollution. And that requires a 21st century strategy.
The key, as it has always been, is balance. What does it take to create and maintain balance these days? More than just sitting quietly with your eyes closed, because there’s simply too much background noise. Fortunately, there are remedies, ways to create your own “digital cave,” courtesy of technology, particularly audio programs like our own Synchronicity soundtracks and the Recognitions program that I created thirty years ago and have been refining for thousands of listeners ever since.
As most spiritual adventurers know, there can be no expanded holistic experience except through balance. So, the 21st century question is, “How can we use technology to enhance the experience of balance, beyond having to consciously focus on it?” And why is that important? Time. Who has the time to meditate for hours? And, the fact is, this is no longer enough. Doing something fundamentally ineffective for twice as long doesn’t create better results!
“How can we use technology to balance our physical environment, to surround ourselves moment by moment with harmonic energy, in the midst of such a disruptive world?”
So, put on the headphones and let the carefully designed bio-harmonic sound signatures meditate you. That takes care of one aspect of our modern problem. Second question: “How can we use technology to balance our physical environment, to surround ourselves moment by moment with harmonic energy, in the midst of such a disruptive world?” Technology has also solved that. Check out our NOW… the Technology soundtrack and these options.
Remember, the ancients lived in a balanced environment. Brains weren’t being constantly bombarded by data and stimulation and radiation. Information was presented in long, slow chunks (just watch an old movie… the pace is glacial!). Fast forward to today (at least to 2013 when these statistics were assembled) when the National Center for Biotechnology Information at the U.S. National Library of Medicine informs us that since the year 2000 our average attention span has dropped from 12 seconds to 8 seconds, a 33% decrease. Goldfish, by the way, have an attention span of 9 seconds, one better than us! The research states: “Attention span is the amount of concentrated time on a task without becoming distracted. Most educators and psychologists agree that the ability to focus attention on a task is crucial for the achievement of one’s goals. It’s no surprise attention spans have been decreasing over the past decade with the increase in external stimulation.”1
No wonder sitting meditation is so difficult! With an attention span of 8 seconds it’s dizzying to speculate just how many random thoughts might float through in a 20-minute session. That’s why using an audio technology that helps focus attention by balancing the brain is so immensely helpful. On the other front, using technology to harmonize our living environment, one can improve attention span while working, reading, conversing, etc., and increase balance throughout the day.
I’m talking about background white noise that you can barely hear, gentle sounds carrying harmonic energetic frequencies that entrain the brain, just like the old cave experience did, into a specific brain wave profile that indicates balance in the brain and increase in whole brain synchrony.
Your digital cave can provide a refuge at home and you can also take it on the road. The effects are accumulative; as your brain becomes accustomed to functioning in a more balanced manner it tends to stay that way.
Technology is not the enemy of “enlightenment.” Consciousness did not make a mistake by inventing technology! Everything contributes to the potential expansion of awareness but tools need to be properly utilized. Someone who never saw a television might not get the chance to be amazed by the images because they wouldn’t even know how to turn it on! And, a computer? Forget it; some of us barely know how to use more than a sliver of their incredible potential.
We can use technology to enhance our spiritual experience and to mature our awakening experience of life. Everything has a purpose, which we can discover if we are open minded enough to explore and learn.
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