The more I study meditation, the more I become convinced that it is THE Metaprogramming habit.
We come into this world encased in a bio-computer, and most of us are not taught a damn thing about how to use this amazing piece of organic technology.
Meditation is a direct practice each of us can use to begin to learn how to use this fascinating meat-suit we’ve been endowed with.
This post is going to focus on something called Attentional Blink – an aspect of our suit scientists thought was hardware, but recent meditation research has found it is in fact Metaprogrammable.
Like a computer has a maximum amount of frames it can render in a second, scientists believed there was a mandatory amount of time it took our brains to recover after noticing an object or phenomena. This mandatory refractory period is known as attentional blink, and multiple high-efficacy studies have found that a specific kind of meditation can reduce this refractory time.
Say you’re looking into the eyes of another amnesiac God enshrined in flesh (human), and you two are doing the “first date” game our culture loves. While you’re explaining your peculiar belief about some idea you barely understand, you think you see boredom flash across their face.
The moment your brain detects this (or thinks it detects this), scientists have found that for a specific amount of time, between 180-450 milliseconds, you will be unable to notice any other significant phenomena around you. As your brain processes the flash of boredom, you are attentionally blind.
While this may not pose a significant handicap towards your novice attempts at genetic reproduction, this blink can be the difference between whether an athlete’s mistake will go viral, a competitive gamer winning enough money to get him out of his mom’s basement, or the death of a hunter.
Meditation can metaprogram our attentional blink
All three studies above looked at whether Attentional Blink could be improved (it can), and how (meditation.)
The researchers found that if you ask subjects to undergo a 3 month meditation program where they practice what is called “open-monitoring” meditation, that a “significant improvement in attentional blink” occurs.
Open-Monitoring is a type of meditation where you train your mind not to grasp onto any thought at all. If you begin meditating, you’ll slowly start to see how most thoughts snatch your attention without you even being aware they do so. This “grabbing” seems to trigger our attentional blink.
Try this guided meditation here to practice Open-Monitoring meditation.
If you’re interested in the kind of meditation I practice, read below.
How Should I Meditate?
Keep it simple. First thing when you wake up, set a timer for 5 minutes. Sit in whatever position is comfortable (I prefer position 4 with a pillow underneath instead of a stool.)
Choose to attempt to keep your awareness on the sensation of breathing.
Within seconds, you’ll notice you’ve began thinking about something. Your awareness has slipped from your breath into this thought stream.
This is actually the most important part of meditation. When you’ve noticed your awareness has slipped away, gently note what thought took you away (example: planning, back pain, last night’s dinner,) and return awareness to your breath.
This is it! It is that simple, and that devastatingly difficult.
The nature of (a part) of your mind is to produce thoughts as relentless as your heart beats. It is like an advisor to the King who is neurotically trying to offer the King advice. Before meditating, you’ll be unaware of how often you let this advisor determine how you rule. With a meditation practice, you begin to see that the advisor is insane, but genuine, and that you should be much more discriminate about which thoughts you accept to influence how you rule.
This ability to recognize which thoughts are worth your attachment, seems to be the same brain function that helps us not instinctually react to the maelstrom of push notifications that scream for our primordial threat detection program to activate.
More Meditation Research
If you’re slightly insane like I am, and you want to review over 50 of the best studies looking at the benefits of meditation, I’ve created just such an article.
I truly think meditation is THE Metaprogramming foundation habit. Love you and Namasteezy.