As people engage in Meditation Practice it is helpful to know how the body and nervous systems are responding; this is where Biofeedback Monitors can help.
Getting 'feedback information' as you engage in meditation can speed up the learning process, it can reveal the techniques that work and those that do not work for you as an individual.
If you teach Meditation, then getting biofeedback information from your students will reveal how their body and nervous systems are responding to your guidance.
Our Noumic Device is a super sensitive EDA monitor that indicates, in real-time, changes that occur to the level of skin conductivity.
Psychology research found that human skin-conductivity is a good indicator of 'subtle' activity occurring within the body and nervous systems.
Skin conductivity increases as the body and nervous systems energise or become more tense. Skin conductivity reduces as the body and nervous system relaxes. Psychology calls this the EDA response, Electro-dermal Activity.
A Noumic Device rapidly and precisely monitors the body, yet it is easy to use, and its information out-put is simple. Using it during Meditation Practice does not overly distract your mind.
The device provides essential Biofeedback Information, on a moment by moment basis, that you can use to assess how your body and nervous systems are responding during meditation. Lots of information, or complex information, would require your thinking mind to analyse too much and this would distract you from the meditation exercise itself.
The device does take in an immense amount of data from your body, but, it restricts information out-put to 4 essential things. These 4 bits of out-put information are indicated by either 4 different coloured LED lights or 4 different sounds. After a short while using the device you begins to know, almost instinctively, what these 4 out-put signals mean; your analytical and interpreting mind can relax.
Hold the Noumic Device comfortably in you hand, not tightly, and in a position where your hand can be still and relaxed. Begin your Mediation Exercise, for example, listen to meditation instructions or suitable music. Gently gaze at the lights, or if using it in sound mode you can have eyes closed. Be gently aware of the information the device is out-putting. It will continually indicate, on a moment by moment basis, whether your body and nervous system is relaxing, or energising, or remaining absolutely balanced.
From the biofeedback information out-put by Noumic Device you will know, have 'scientific' evidence as it were, of the affect your Meditation Practice is having on you. You will know, instantly when your body responds, even the minutest of responses will show up.
If learning to Meditate or Teaching Meditation then this, real-time, instantaneous body response information will be of benefit. It may speed up the learning process, it will show the Meditation Techniques that work well and those that need to be practiced more. Before, it was difficult to know whether the body was responding appropriately to Meditation, with our EDA Biofeedback Monitor evidence is provided.
Using our Biofeedback Meditation Monitor should not distract the mind too much. The aim should be calming the mind, and perhaps gaining control it, not distracting it away from its purpose. Normally, electronic devices distract the mind, we want our meditation device to help you learn the art and skill of self control, and deep bodily relaxation. We hope that, in future, it will help new generations succeed with Meditation.
Generally, our Electrodermal Activity, EDA skin conductivity constantly changes. During meditation the rate and degree of change reduces, but, it never completely stops changing for anymore than perhaps just a moment.
Psychology biofeedback research discovered something amazing happens to skin conductivity during deep meditation and when certain 'Altered' States of Consciousness are induced by meditation. They found that, the EDA skin conductivity does stop changing completely, signifying a 'completely' balanced nervous system, during the special calmness of mind that is associated with deep meditation and 'altered' states of consciousness.
Only during deep meditation, and generally only meditation experts achieve this, does skin conductivity stop changing, this is accompanied by states of mind that are very peaceful, calm, and content. Now the question is, why don't more people have these profound and amazing experiences during Meditation?
We do not answer this question here, but draw your attention again to the fact that our Noumic Biofeedback Meditation Monitor indicates, specifically when there are periods, whether momentary or longer, of no change in your EDA skin conductivity. You will know as your body and nervous system gets closer and closer to these completely balanced states.
The White LED light, or special sound, from the Noumic Biofeedback Meditation monitor indicates when skin conductivity completely stops changing. Getting this sign from a Noumic Device shows something unusual is happening in the nervous system, it is achieving complete 'balance.' This could be an indication that an altered state of consciousness or a special peaceful experience is about to occur during meditation! We recommend that you aim for the white light!
The following graphs show data recorded during the development phase of our Noumic Biofeedback Monitors.
Our Device was held by someone and connected to a computer to record the data.
The person then engaged in various Meditation Exercises.
X axis = Time (seconds)
Y axis = Electro-dermal Activity/ Skin Resistance (ohms)
This graph shows the electro-dermal resistance increasing rapidly as an experienced meditation teacher relaxed his body and mind.
He was asked to aim for an altered state of consciousness, a supremely blissful state, which he reported achieving. This lasted for approximately half a minute.
The data shows an extraordinary 'levelling off,' where skin resistance completely stopped changing.
As mentioned above, psychology research had made this amazing biofeedback discovery. When people achieved deep meditation, or enter special / altered states of consciousness their skin resistance completely stops changing. Our data confirms their findings.
We point out here that, our Noumic Biofeedback Meditation instrument was designed specifically to identify when this extraordinary phenomena occurs. It has a white light, or special no-change sound, which only occurs when skin resistance remain completely unchanged, either momentarily or for prolong periods.
This graph shows the EDA skin resistance starting from a high point, indicating an initial deep relaxation achieved by a Meditation Expert.
Then he began a special Rhythmic Breathing Exercise, known as 'Pranic Breathing,' which, appeared deep and powerful.
The graph shows the EDA biofeedback data rising and falling dramatically as a result of his special breathing.
Meditation Practices often include different types of breathing. Gentle breathing normally brings relaxation. However, this type of 'Pranic Breathing' had and overall energising affect.
It is interesting to note, that each rise and fall in skin conductivity matched the individual in-breaths and out-breaths.
This graph shows the electrical resistance of the skin gently increasing as the person was meditating; this is the normal response when people relax.
When he opened his eyes there was an immediate affect; resistance reduced. This is consistent with findings of psychologists, increased 'physiological arousal' leads to less skin resistance.
Even without moving the body, simply opening the eyes, there is a distinct and immediate affect to the level of skin resistance.
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