Technology is changing the shape of our brains and our future, what do we want to become? Mindfulness is meta-cognition, enabling us keep control.
Having understood the Three Jewels of Buddhism I think there is something so strong and powerful there that is certainly lacking in the world of Mindfulness, so in an attempt to rectify that here is my proposal for the 3C’s of Mindfulness, Code, Community and Clarity.
There is now an overwhelming amount of evidence showing the benefits of Mindfulness Meditation on our mental health. Practised by soldiers, students and sufferers of stress, Mindfulness has been proven to be an effective tool for improving positivity and productivity. We are developing more and more tools to help with this, for example EEG Mirrors, Apps and Mindfulness Training Courses, these are all examples of practical Codes one can follow to achieve personal mental health. All of these are techniques use Clarity, practically applying a clearer understanding to catch and control our mental habits rather then allowing them to catch and control us. The Code of breathing meditation, for example, asks us to focus closely on our breath, in concentrating on a process that we usually do not notice, we train ourselves to perceive this fundamental bodily process with a highly increased level of Clarity.
However Meditation is not a selfish, lonely activity, only benefiting the practiser. Meditation enables people to see the world around them more clearly, and this enables better communication as we can begin to, more often, share the same objective reality, rather then the, at times conflicting, subjective narratives of our own perception. When many individuals use Codes of Meditation to gain personal Clarity, a strong Community is formed; a calm, connected web of separate but sympathetic consciousnesses. The Community is built around shared experiences, spaces and teachers of the Codes of Meditation.
A Community of Code practising individuals forms a collective where each member is able to perceive reality with increased Clarity. This Clarity is a precious attribute, which can act as a barrier against deception, for example by extreme, divisive politics, and a tool for calmly assessing facts, like the huge collection of data proving Climate Change.
All 3C’s feed into and support each other. Clarity in the form of neuroscience, allows us to improve the Code of Meditation, different Codes of Meditation form Communities of practitioners who are able to perceive reality with Clarity.
The EEG Mirror I’m working on with Judson is a great example of using Clarity (clearly showing what is happening in your brain) to improve the Code of Mindfulness Meditation and Flow State.
How can I better illustrate the 3C’s of Mindfulness?
The 3Cs can be useful on both a personal level, and a tool for addressing wider social issues.
Personal Level Example: EEG Training for stress reduction for work.
CLARITY – EEG Scanning technology is used to clearly show what is neurologically happening during meditation
CODE – That information is used as a training method with-in the Code of Mindfulness Meditation for improved practise.
COMMUNITY – Your practise will involve a Community of Teachers, Scientists and, if you wish, other Meditators to share and learn from.
CLARITY – Optimised Mindfulness practise results in reduced anxiety, allowing you to work more calmly and address issues more calmly.
Societal Level Example: Mindfulness for Environmental Awareness
CODE – Applied Mindfulness Meditation improve cognitive functions, for example better memory and reduced stress resulting in improved mental health.
CLARITY – These improved cognitive functions result in individuals with increased ability for linear, rational thought, these individuals are trained to be Mindful of objective reality, to non-judgmentally observe their surroundings.
COMMUNITY – Individuals are now able to perceive one shared objective reality, as apposed to inhabiting separate subjective realities, this enables useful discussion of research into Climate Change, conclusions can be formed and actions taken.