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Offline MJohnstone

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Re: Meditation Devices
« Reply #15 on: May 13, 2015, 02:33:25 am »
I use meditation a lot in my life. to me, using technology during meditation can be really distracting.

Offline DavidM843

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Re: Meditation Devices
« Reply #16 on: August 18, 2016, 04:53:44 pm »
I've played around with binaural, isochronic tones and white or pink noise during meditation.  They did help a little in settling my mind and blocking out distractions.  I think the only dangers involved are coming to depend on them, and chasing after certain states of mind with them.  I don't use them anymore, but the worst I can see happening is falling into the traps that almost all meditators fall into anyway.

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Re: Meditation Devices
« Reply #17 on: August 19, 2016, 03:51:44 am »
I'd like to hear opinions about the pros and cons of using technology to assist one's meditation practice. I am mainly referring to any external piece of technology that induces a meditative state, such as Hemi-Sync binaural beats, energy resonance devices, crystals, etc.

These may change your state of consciousness, but it wont be meditating. I think such things are useful at the start, if you are having trouble meditating, in that, for example, I found self-hypnosis, self-improvement tapes to be useful in my youth. Years later, I am sure that those experiences helped me with meditation practices that I took up. Similarly, I don't do drugs, but have met many people who did, and told me that what they experienced led them to take up meditation and Buddhism. Maybe experiencing some altered state of consciousness will open up real meditation to people who would not have tried it otherwise.

My guess is that there may be such serendipitous outcomes to using such technology, but for me meditation is most effective when it is at it's simplest, just sitting. The technology I have used in the past is something like timed bells, allowing you the experience of meditating with someone timing, say, ten minute intervals for a particular meditation such as metta bhavana, but allowing you to do this by yourself. When I say 'simplest' I don't mean 'easiest'. In fact it may take many years to achieve simple sitting meditation of that kind, which is when real progress then kicks in.
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Re: Meditation Devices
« Reply #18 on: April 24, 2017, 12:24:02 pm »
Binaural beats really helped me, although I can't be around electronic devices like I used to be and maintain concentration. If you can, thats great. Crystals are very effective, but be mindful of what the crystal does and how it reacts with your mental state. For example, don't meditate with rainbow obsidian if you want a calm, serene meditation experience for example. You may find yourself working through your life's deepest struggles

 


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