Letting go, being in a calm and balanced state is an extremely beautiful inner experience. What if you could visualize this supreme state of consciousness? The Art of Zen application does exactly this. It measures your inner Zen level with the help of the NeuroSky biofeedback system. It then transforms this information into dynamic flowing colors.
The Art of Zen helps to stabilize a fully aware yet meditative state. Various sounds signal when you are entering certain levels of meditation.
In Zen it is never about achieving, rather it is about being fully present in the now. So the Art of Zen aims to be playful, instead of about high scores or competition. Creating beautiful graphics just by changing intentionally your inner state of mind is very fulfilling in itself. Yet it is also very interesting to have some objective measurement of your inner state.
Here is a schematic view of how your Zen level is used to create the graphics, sounds and statistics. You might well skip this information if you just want to go for the experience.
The biofeedback device constantly transmits a value between 0 and 100, where 100 represents the deepest state of meditation and 0 represents high agitation. The Art of Zen averages the last 3 seconds of input and displays it as a blue/white ball of light along the vertical axis
The red circle represents the Zen level of 35. Whenever you fall below that level the graphic alerts you and a gong sound is played. That level usually means you are caught in your thoughts - hence it is time to let them go. In Zen terminology this state is called Sanran.
The yellow circle represents the 65 Zen-level. It symbolizes a state of solid inner meditation, called Samadhi in the world of Zen. Once you cross that threshold, the graphic changes - stay relaxed, do not get distracted, even if you are witnessing beauty.
Each new meditation value is fed into the curve that is wrapped around the center. This allows you to easily see your Zen level over the last 60 seconds. Those portions of the curve that reach into the Samadhi zone are used to create the dynamic graphics.
Various statistics are displayed at the bottom of the screen, which give you objective feedback of your current session at a glance.
|Med:||Your current meditation level (Zen level)|
|Last:||The number of seconds you stayed in the Samadhi zone (above the 65 level) the last time you entered into it.|
|Max:||The longest amount of time in seconds you have stayed in the Samadhi zone.|
The total amount of time in seconds you spent in the Samadhi zone.
The number of times you entered the Samadhi zone
|Avg:||The average duration in seconds of your visits to the Samadhi zone.|
Swipe down or up to reset the statistics.
To add to the visual experience, the Art of Zen allows you to visualize eye blinks and sounds. Both need to be at a certain strength so the graphics do not get too sensitive.
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