Problem and Solution
We live in an era of comprehensive overload. On the one hand, we have never had so many possibilities, and knowledge has never been so accessible. On the other hand, the human brain, like any other system, is subject to overwhelm.
Paradoxically, with the abundance of data, the brain suffers from a lack of it. The number of thoughts we reproduce dramatically exceeds the “memory capacity” of our attention. Trying to cope with several tasks at once does not improve productivity but decreases it.
Emotional and mental stress is the leading cause of psychological problems. According to the WHO, 1 out of every four people will be impacted by mental illness at some point. According to global statistics, nearly 1 000 000 000 people worldwide suffer from some form of mental problem. More than 300 million have depression, and another 284 million have an anxiety disorder.
But the good news is that even a little effort is enough to keep your mental health in check. The main thing is that they should be regular.
The Inite app offers an effective tool that helps you unclog your mind, improve your mood, and enhance your cognitive abilities in two simple steps:
- Through short but regular meditations;
- Through the expression of your ideas in writing.
Meditation is undoubtedly one of the most effective tools for balancing the mind. In 2014, the medical journal JAMA Internal Medicine published an article covering more than 18,000 studies proving that meditation helps fight depression and anxiety.
The fundamental rationale for the mental benefits of meditation is detailed in the study named From many to (n)one: Meditation and the plasticity of the predictive mind. In turn, this research was based on data on the meditation neurophysiology and the free energy principle of Carl Friston, the famous neurophysiologist. A new term was born from the study's results: Unified Meditation Framework (UMF).
As we know, during any meditation practice, our attention returns to the “here and now”. The chaotic information processing slows down, clears up, and becomes more qualitative. The United Meditation Framework identifies three basic approaches to meditation, each with its benefits:
- Focused attention (FA). Meditation involving concentration on a single object: the breath, a burning candle, a mantra, etc. Such practices improve the quality of sensory experience processing, help stop disturbing thoughts, and simultaneously train concentration.
- Open monitoring (OM). This approach is commonly known as mindful meditation. You simply observe your experience and state without evaluation or attachment. In this way, you get rid of the control of intrusive thoughts and develop pure non-judgmental perception, which is necessary for decision-making and coping with stress.
- Non-dual meditation (ND). The most challenging type of meditation that experienced practitioners choose. ND emphasizes the importance of not trying to control, direct, or alter consciousness. It allows you to temporarily end the separation of the observer (self) from the objects of awareness (environment).
Inite does not tie the user to a specific meditation technique. However, the app tracks two essential conditions for successful meditation:
- Absence of a phone in your hand;
- Guided meditations for various purposes.
The app is constantly being updated with new features that enhance the effectiveness of meditation.
Writing down your ideas and thoughts is another helpful tool in mindfulness work. By writing down ideas, you unload your mind from an excess of information and simultaneously, memorize what matters. In addition, your mind is freed up for new thoughts, and your mental processes become more productive.
Inite rewards users with Idea tokens for every thought recorded in the app immediately after meditation. These ideas can be:
- Concepts and insights. In the written form, they are firmly remembered.
- Gratitude. Regularly writing down things you are grateful for, you direct your mind in a positive direction and better understand what you want out of life.
- Anxieties. By expressing in writing what's bothering you, you release your emotions and unburden your mind.
- Plans. As a rule, the plans that come to the clear mind after meditation are the most desirable and true ones. Write them down, so you don't forget them.
Making a habit of writing ideas down reminds your mind that there are unlimited possibilities for using creativity—you’ll start imagining new realities and overcoming past challenges. By rewiring your brain, you are effectively redefining yourself as a person, which can even get you out of a dark stage of your life.
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