Noumic Device Meditation Techniques

Using a Device to monitor Meditation Practice is a fairly new technique.

This page explains How to Meditate with a Noumic Device and suggestion for New Meditation Techniques that it enables.

The Device is a Body and Mind monitor that shows how the Nervous System responds, moment by moment, during a Meditation Exercise.

You might think that using an electronic body monitor would interfere too much with meditation! However, our Meditation Monitor is designed to minimise the impact it has on people as they Meditate.

Noumic Device is simple to use, you can use it in almost any Meditation Posture, and the information it gives does not overload your brain.

Electronic Device to monitor Meditation Practice, Device to monitor Meditation Exercise. A Noumic Device which helps people to meditate.

In Relation to Meditation Practice what does our Device Do?

Noumic Device is a moment by moment monitor of the Human Nervous System.

  • Animation showing the changing balance of Relaxation and Tension. Moving diagram to demonstrate the energising and relaxing activity within the Human Nervous System. Psychology research discovered long ago that, there is a changing balance in the general level activity of the nervous system and brain. The general level of activity is either increasing, we call it energising; or decreasing, we call this relaxation. This balance of increase and decrease is happening all the time.

  • Amazingly, psychology research also discovered that, the changing balance of nervous system activity is reflected in a changing level of electro-conductivity of the human skin. This phenomena is called the EDA response, Electro-dermal Activity Response.
    Summarising the EDA response:-

    • Skin conductivity increases as the nervous systems energise, or become more tense.

    • Skin conductivity reduces as the nervous systems relax.

  • Noumic Device is a highly sensitive EDA skin conductivity monitor. During a Meditation Exercise it provides instantaneous, moment by moment, information that helps you assess how your Nervous System is responding.

How the Noumic Device Outputs Information

During Meditation Practice the Noumic Device out-puts information either by coloured light signals, or by sound signals.

Light Mode

Each moment during a Meditation Exercise one of three LED lights illuminate. Here is a brief explanation of what these coloured LEDs indicate.

Picture of the green LED light on a Noumic Device.Indicates that, in the last moment of Meditation Practice, there was some increase in relaxation of the Nervous System; or a reduction in body tension.

Picture of the red LED light of a Noumic Device.Indicates that, in the last moment of Meditation Practice, there was some increase in tension or energising of the Nervous System; or a reduction in body relaxation.

Picture of the white LED light of a Noumic Device.Indicates that, in the last moment of Meditation Practice, there was absolutely no change in tension or relaxation of the Nervous System.

Normally, this only happens when very deeply relaxed. And this occurs during a Meditation Exercise when people experience altered states of consciousness, or supremely blissful states.

Sound Mode

Every 2 seconds during a Meditation Exercise one of three sounds is made. Here are samples, and a brief explanation of what the sounds indicate.

Down Tone

Indicates that, in the last 2 seconds of Meditation Exercise, there was some increase in relaxation of the Nervous System; or a reduction in body tension.

Up Tone

Indicates that, in the last 2 seconds of Meditation Exercise, there was some increase in tension or energising of the Nervous System; or a reduction in body relaxation.

Level Tone

Indicates that, in the last 2 seconds of Meditation Exercise, there was absolutely no change in tension or relaxation of the Nervous System.

Benefits of Monitoring yourself during Meditation Practice.

When used as people meditate a Noumic Device shows moment by moment information that informs them if their nervous system is responding appropriately, or inappropriately. With this information they can see if it is best to continue, refine, or adjust what their mind is doing during the Meditation Exercise.

Are You Progressing with your Practice of Meditation?

It is difficult to assess how well a Meditation Exercise is going. There are so many Meditation Techniques it is difficult to know which works best for You. Many Beginners in Meditation soon loose heart because there is no way to assess if they are following Meditation Instructions properly, or if they are making progress.

Up till now, Meditation Practice has been a 'hit or miss' activity. Some people are sensitive enough from the start to feel the affect of Meditation on their body, or afterwards they feel different, more relaxed calm etc. But for most people, especially if they are new to meditating, the Meditation Experience can be disappointing, they don't know if the body has been affected positively. This 'not knowing' if you are succeeding, is a problem when first coming the Meditation.

The Noumic Device provides empirical data that shows how the nervous system is responding during Meditation. Beginners, and experts alike, can now assess how any Meditation Technique affects them during each moment. This speeds up the learning process. It can provide information to Meditation Tutors about how their students are progressing. Our Device can give you some answers to the following:-

  • What Meditation Position works best for you.
  • Where is it best to Meditate.
  • When is it best to Meditate.
  • Which Meditation Technique works well for you?

Device is suitable for Profound Meditation Practice

The Profound Purpose of Meditation is to learn control the mind and it leads to new mind-experience, and new self-understanding. We achieve this by learning Concentration skills, and Contemplating Wisdom concepts!

  • Electronic device to monitor meditation practice, in the palm of the hand. Hand-held gadget that indicates the affect of meditation techniques on the body. Noumic Meditation Exercise Device. To Practice Meditation we must stop everyday thoughts and analytical processes, we must stop thinking about the physical world around us, and move attention away from the body-senses.

  • Using the body-senses, in a limited way, is a method for training the mind in concentration. For example, a fundamental Meditation Exercise is being aware of the breath. This uses a single aspect of one bodily-sense; however, the general use of the senses during mediation is avoided.

  • Having to look or listen to a sense stimulating device would be counter-productive to the process of Meditating.

    With our Noumic Device, you don't need to use your body-senses too much in order to take in the information it gives.

    • There are no dials or displays to fix your eyes on, you do not have to listen in a complex way.

    • In light-mode, there are just 4 coloured lights to see. There is no need to 'fix your eyes' on the lights; just gaze in the general direction and the colour changes indicate the essential information. In sound-mode, there are just 4 different basic sounds.

    • After using the device for a short while, you begin to know instinctively what its out-put signals mean, and you don't have to think about or analyse its information out-put too much.

Meditation Position

  • Buddhists teachers are experts in Meditation. We are not suggesting you must follow their guidelines, but, if a Meditation Device can be used while following them, then that is a good Device!

  • Buddhists recommend a sitting position, ideally cross-legged. They recommend hands on your lap, and eyes almost closed gently gazing downward. They say, stop listening to other things and engage in your Meditation Practice uninterrupted.

  • Our Noumic Device, could be used even when following these Buddhist guidelines for Meditation Practice.

Noumic Devices can be used in almost any Meditation Position

Man sat cross-legged doing a Meditation Exercise while holding a Noumic Device. Sitting position meditation technique while using an Electronic Gadget.
Man in bed doing a Meditation Exercises. Meditation Technique using a Noumic Device. Meditation Practice in bed.
Man Meditating in bed holding a Noumic Electronic Gadget. New Meditation Technique, using a Nervous System Monitor to show the affect of Meditation Exercise on the body.

Profound Meditation and the Extra-ordinary Response

Profound Meditation can lead to New, 'Altered' States of Consciousness. Psychology Research discovered that, when Experienced Mediators achieve 'Altered States,' the balance of tension and relaxation in their nervous system behaves in an extraordinary way; it completely stops changing.

Data graph showing skin conductivity information gathered during a Meditation Exercise. Shows the balance of tension and relaxation in the Nervous system becoming completely static as an Altered State of Consciousness was achieved during a Deep Meditation Exercise. This graphs shows data recorded during the development phase of our Noumic Devices. Our Device was held by an experienced Meditation Teacher, and also connected to a computer to record the data.

The graph shows the electro-dermal resistance (the inverse of Skin Conductivity) as he progressed in his Meditation Practice. In affect it shows his changing balance of tension and relaxation.

The Meditation Expert was asked to aim for an Altered State of Consciousness, a supremely blissful state. He reported achieving this, lasting for approximately half a minute. The data shows an extraordinary 'levelling off,' where skin conductivity completely stopped changing.

This confirms the findings of Psychology research. When mediators become super-relaxed, or enter special / altered states of consciousness their balance of tension and relaxation completely stops changing.

The Noumic Device's White Light or Level Tone Sound indicates when these special states occur. The Device can be used as a guide helping mediators to Practice Profound Meditation that leads to 'Altered States.'

Noumic Device also indicates 'Levels' Achieved

If, during a Meditation Exercise, you manage to relax well and consistently the Noumic Device begins to indicate some extra information. It calculates, and indicates each time a new level in relaxation is achieved. The Device calculates 'success in relaxation' by adding or deducting points to its internal memory depending upon the changes it detects in the balance of tension and relaxation of the Nervous System.

  • Points are added for increases in relaxation.
  • Points are deducted for decreases in relaxation.
  • Double points are added if there is no change in relaxation.

By indicating 'levels achieved' the Noumic Device is, in affect, a self-challenge Meditation Game Device. The Levels Achieved function gives some sort of guide to successful and improving Meditation skills, it allows people to compare one Meditation Session with another.

Young people and those new to Meditation, may benefit from having this encouragement, or reward, when practicing the initial Meditation Skills of 'sitting still,' and relaxing the Mind for more than just a minute or two. Noumic Levels Achieved function shows 'personal' success in Relaxation and Meditation, and motivates people to practice, and, practice for more than just a few minutes.

More about this function can be found in our User Manual - Levels Achieved web-page.

Our Device is not a Quick Fix to the difficult Process of Learning Meditation

Noumic Device does not make you deeply relaxed or artificially put your mind in a Profound Meditation State; it simply shows if Meditation Practice is having the Natural affect on the Nervous System as it should. It shows if a Meditation Technique is working well, if generally there is more Relaxation, if the Balance of Tension and Relaxation calms down, and if this balance becomes still and unchanging.

Suggestions for Meditation Techniques

A separate web-page would be needed to fully explain each Meditation Technique and guide people in practicing it while holding our Device. However, beginners and experts may have found this Meditation Web-page and wonder which Meditation Technique to try with our Device. Here, briefly described, are two well-known Meditation Techniques; and, we explain what to expect form our Device as you Practice, and how this helps.

Breath Awareness Meditation Exercise

Man meditating while holding a Noumic Device. Breath Awareness Meditation being monitored by an electronic gadget. Meditation Teachers advise the practice of focusing attention on the Breath.

  • Bring your attention to the sensation of the Breath at some point in your body. For example, feeling the sensation of the air as in enters and leaves the nostrils.
  • Breath naturally, perhaps a little deeper and slower, but allow your breathing to flow naturally.
  • During the Meditation Session try to keep your attention on the breath sensation. This develops concentration skills.
  • Normally, your mind wants to wander, but, this practice helps you develop the skill of bringing the mind under control.

Now if you were doing this Meditation Exercise while holding the Device, how would it help?

  • Firstly, remember the exercise is to focus on the Breath not the Device.
  • The Device will show how your Nervous System responds during the exercise.
  • Hopefully, you will see a distinct calming of the Nervous System.
  • Hopefully, seeing this 'evidence' from the Device will prove that the exercise does affect on your Mind and Body.
  • For beginners in Meditation, this proof may stimulate them to practice again and again.
  • With experience your Concentration improves, and so does your Nervous System's calmness.

This seems like a simple Meditation Exercise, but it is really a good one to try again and again. Often Advanced Meditators, forget just how useful it can be for developing Concentration and Mind Focus. It is an exercise worth trying again and again until you master it. With our Device you may be inspired to keep practicing, you may learn, perhaps for the first time, just how profoundly the nervous system does respond to the exercise.

Controlled Breathing Meditation

This Meditation Technique has some interesting beneficial affects on 'subtle' Energy Levels. It energises the Nervous System with an 'esoteric' energy known as 'Prana,' or 'Chi.' It is an exercise that Meditation Teachers recommend and it is another way of developing skills in Concentration.

  • Normally we breath in a 'less-than-ideal' way, perhaps erratically, perhaps too shallowly.
  • Our breathing becomes habitual and re-training our Breathing Technique can benefit our general level of health.
    • When we get anxious or tense our Breathing changes, when we relax our Breathing changes, perhaps deepens.
    • Now the reverse is true, if you artificially control your breathing it can affect your emotion, and your balance of tension and relaxation.
  • Practicing Rhythmic Controlled Breathing balances the Nervous system, as well as develops concentration skills.

Here is the exercise:-

  • Breath in and breath out rhythmically. This means that, the length of time of the in-breath and out-breath should be equal.
  • For example, as you breath in count 4, and as you breath out count 4.
  • Some recommend after your in-breath count 2 as you hold your breath, then breath out.
  • See what feels comfortable for you.

We recommend this Breathing Meditation Exercise. However, if you do it while holding our Device, what would you expect?

  • Because each person is different, this is an unknown factor.
  • Will this Rhythmic Breathing Meditation energise the Nervous System or Relax it?
    • You may expect this exercise to relax the body and mind, because this type of breathing has the affect of expelling stress from the body.
    • This exercise may energise the Nervous System with 'Prana' energy.
  • With the Device you will see how the Breathing Meditation Technique affects you.
  • You should see some profound changes to your balance of tension and relaxation.
  • Seeing your body respond may inspire you to keep practicing; it may prove to you the value of this Breathing Meditation Practice.

Noumic Device in the palm of a hand. Electronic Gadget for monitoring Meditation Exercise. Hand-held monitor that shows the affect of meditation techniques on the body. See how Meditation Techniques affect your Nervous System

As well as the two Meditation Exercises above you can use our Device to monitor almost any Meditation Technique.

  • Perhaps for the first time, you will discover how your body really responds, how its changing balance of Tension and Relaxation alters and calms down, or energises.
  • You might find out which Techniques work best for you! You might discover where and at what time it is best for you to Meditate.

We hope that, beginners in Meditation and people who would normally give up because they cannot feel the affect, will be encouraged to keep going. We hope that, getting evidence of how the body and nervous system responds will motivate people to persevere with Meditation.

Before Meditation had an almost undetectable consequence on the body, now you see the evidence in precise detail, and moment by moment!

Meditation Techniques to try with a Noumic Device.
How does your Balance of Tension and Relaxation change?
Which Technique works best for you?

  • Contemplation of Wisdom Concepts
  • Breath Awareness Meditation
  • Listening to Guided Meditation
  • Listening to Meditation Music
  • Mindfulness Practice
  • Sitting in 'Proper' Meditation Positions
  • Special Breathing Practice
  • Chanting or Drumming
  • Visualisation

There are other body monitoring devices that claim to be Meditation Tools. We believe ours is particular good, because it is simple to use, you can use it in almost any Meditation Position, and the information it out-puts is not too complex. We explain more of this, and the Noumic Device's Meditation Unique Selling Points in our Meditation Devices web-page.

Profound Meditation can lead to Altered States of Consciousness, even enhanced spiritual development. When people achieve 'Altered States,' the balance of tension and relaxation in nervous system behaves in an extraordinary way, it completely stops changing. This aspect, and how our Noumic Device is able to detect it, is explained on our Altered State of Consciousness Device web-page.

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