The Cycle gently shifts the hue of your screen inside and outside of meditation. After meditation, the cycle helps you remember mindfulness, fading into the unconscious to keep you focused. When you do get distracted, just shift your attention to the effect for light-guided mindfulness meditation.
Perceptual adaptation calibrates your perception to your environment. After adaptation, the Cycle gently supports you while you see your screen normally.
From a noisy neighbor to a worrisome thought, leading psychological theories of attention predict that the Cycle reduces internal and external stimuli irrelevant to your task.
You can immediately engage in a light-guided mindfulness meditation by observing the cycle. No menus or audio needed, easily practice in times of need.
Leading psychological theories of attention predict that the Cycle reduces internal and external stimuli irrelevant to your task. After adaptation, the constant, gentle Cycle runs as you see your screen normally.
Color perception is relative. This text is black because the background is more white. The Cycle shifts global color, preserving pixel-to-pixel differences.
According to leading theories of attention, our attention capacity is limited, but that capacity must be filled. If your task isn't occupying the full capacity, you pick up distractions. The Cycle fills empty space so distractions don't reach your attention.
Distractions can be internal. By staying focused on the task at hand, you'll worry less about things outside of your immediate control.
We all see the world differently—literally. You can adjust color and intensity according to your preferences.
The Cycle makes meditation easy and hassle free. Just as you can follow the flow of the breath for meditation, you can follow the flow of the Cycle. After 5 minutes in our Mindfulness Fast Track, you can shift your attention to the Cycle for light-guided meditation.
The demands of the day can increase stress and leave you with little time to find a quiet place and meditate. Simply shift your attention to the Cycle to meditate.
If a distraction does pull you out of your workflow, you'll notice the Cycle. Our light-guided meditations train you to immediately regain present awareness by observing the Cycle.
Counting breaths is a fundamental mindfulness technique. In times of need, just count 3 cycles.
Master mindfulness techniques more quickly by practicing throughout the day.
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Calming the mind is an essential component of mindfulness meditation. Techniques like body scans, following the breath, or following the Cycle are necessary first steps to becoming mindful.
By keeping the mind calm throughout the day, you'll be in a better position to practice advanced mindfulness techniques for greater growth through our Mindfulness Fast Track.