July 17, 2012

ReWire is Here!




Dear fellow meditators,

One of my students, Mike Redmer, just came out with a really cool app that makes my "Just Note Gone" technique into a video game!  Check it out here: http://www.rewireapp.com/.  And if you feel like it, give him feedback as to what works and doesn't work about it.  Apropos of that technique, an article by me on "The Power of Gone" should be appearing in the upcoming August edition of Tricycle magazine.

And speaking of August, this year's Buddhist Geeks conference will be livestreamed for free!  Way to go geek team!

Take a look at what Mike had to say about ReWire: 
ReWire is Here!
Posted by mikeredmer on July 7, 2012
We are happy to announce that the newest, most innovative meditation app currently on the market is available for immediate download. It’s been a year in the making, and we are super excited for you to try it out.
What is ReWire you ask? Head over to our brand new website and check out all the cool features ReWire offers.
ReWire is still in Beta, and in the coming months we will be continually iterating to make ReWire the best it can be. Please take it out for a few test drives and let us know how it handles. We have big plans for this new interactive approach to mind training, so feel free to let us know what you love and what you would like to see change. This is just the beginning.
Download the app today and join us on this ReWire journey. We hope we have a created an a meditation tool that will encourage, support and improve your mind training practice.
And remember, if you like ReWire make sure to tell your friends and spread the word. Thank you for all of your support.


16 comments:

  1. Looks fascinating. Any plans for Android?

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  2. Awesome ! And just in time for my retreat. Is there an enlightenment app too? :P

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  3. Same questions about Android version!

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  4. Same about Android:)

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  5. I note my android waits with anticipation, niether patiently nor impatiently.

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  6. Johnny AppleseedJuly 18, 2012 at 5:10 PM

    This looks great, I can't wait to download it!

    I am curious about your thoughts on the effects of internet browsing on a person's ability to develop concentration power. I spend a lot of time on the internet, and am constantly switching between tabs and articles without fully finishing reading them or engaging with them. For the past 2 months I have meditated for 45 minutes each day counting my breath, trying to become as focused as possible, gently bringing my attention back to the breath whenever it wavers.

    Is the way I use the internet potentially slowing or even nullifying my progress at developing concentration?

    Thank you Shinzen,

    Johnny

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    1. Johnny -- I do exactly the same thing and notice the same effect. I have many tabs open at once and can't seem to read one from beginning to end. Rather, I flit back and forth and like you, don't engage and don't retain much. I'm hoping this app will help me retrain my focus. Perhaps I should disable tabbed browsing. ;-)

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    2. Unfortunately, I don't have enough data to make an informed response to your question or even a wild guess. But I can say this, even if a person encounters factors that militate against concentration power (such as aging, medications, physical pain, and so forth), with sufficient formal practice, those inhibiting factors can be adequately overcome. So the one thing I can say for sure is keep up your practice.

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  7. I appreciate the candor regarding your lack of data to give an empirically informed answer to my question. That's why I follow your stuff so closely!

    However, much like Kaishin said, if I had to guess based on my own experience without the benefit of objective scientific analysis I would say that at best unfocused tabbed browsing doesn't help my concentration development and at worst hinders it. Therefore to be on the safe side I've decided to start following a '3 tab' policy... if I notice myself with more than 3 tabs open at one time, I'll close all of them and start over.

    Keep up the great work my friend.

    Johnny

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  8. This looks really interesting--and if it becomes available for Android, I'd love to try it. :)

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  9. Enough already with the Android, hehe. Yes, Android please.

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  10. I'd love to see this on Android too please

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  11. Just to get one more: Android wanted!

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