When I first approached the world of meditation, I was partly motivated by an element of rebellion against modern society. Only with time, I started to appreciate Osho’s revolutionary idea of neo-sannyas: to bring meditation into the market place. Aspiring to be a committed meditator, does not mean renouncing the world and sitting in a cave in search of Enlightenment. And I started to realise how difficult is to remain centred and meditative in an urban context, challenged by daily commuting, office life, and constant digital distractions. Osho’s way may seemed “easy” compared to other paths: no rules, no 10 commandments, everything is allowed. However, try to be meditative in the midst of a modern day metropolis. Good luck! The real world is a cruel reality check, just in case you think you have achieved somewhere and feel holy. Osho was a visionary and a precursor, far ahead of his time, hence inevitably doomed to be misunderstood. He fully embraced science and technology at service of meditation.
I get extremely excited to see how meditation is penetrating all level of society up to the very top. Seeds of self-awareness are growing around the world. Yes, I am aware we are on the brink of a third world war but at the same time I see an increasing number of business leaders turning to meditation, cascading the positive effects down to their workforce. More and more companies are introducing meditation to protect the wellbeing of their employees. Unsurprisingly Google is at the forefront and has introduced meditation programmes since 2007. The Huffington Post offers meditation rooms for all their employees, as well as eBay. And companies seek to attract talents offering lifestyle packages rather than mere financial rewards (i.e. flexible working hours, fitness and meditation programmes, policies which respect a balanced working life).
Business and technology are coming together to blend with spirituality. In the path of awakening, technology can help spreading meditation across the globe. Internet, social media, and digital accessories are tools, and as such are neutral. They can be utilised to plant the seeds of consciousness and provoke mass blossoming of awareness.
Now the question is: what are the models in business which can help the awakening of consciousness? How can technology support spirituality and wellbeing?
Up to now, technology has been used to improve productivity and solve business problems; it is time to create technology to help us go inwards, meditate, being more conscious human beings. Brilliant minds need to shift their focus and ask questions like: can we create new forms of technology to cultivate calm minds, decrease violence, improve relationships, rediscover connectedness, being happier, and enhance our lives?
Meditation is a tool exactly like technology. Let’s merge the two in one concept, a new paradigm to help us focus in the direction of consciousness.
In fact, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that some devises are already available in the market. Some sort of real time feedback, self-awareness tech-assistant, if you like. A movement called consciousness hacking is growing in Silicon Valley, which to me is the natural progression of the bio-hacker movement. Hacking your consciousness means for example using a tech devise to monitor your anger response via a real time biofeedback, which shows your heart and brain activity reacting to a stimulus. You can also measure the impact of meditation on your body, by tracking a number of biomarkers (i.e. cortisol level, glucose level, stress hormones and brain waves activity).
Enlightenment engineering may sound like a blasphemy to the spiritual orthodox. I personally embrace it fully; bring on any devise that can help people become more aware, more joyful, more loving.
Stay tuned and you may hear from us at Love Osho about the first case of tech-enlightenment!