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Can Meditation Gadgets Help You Reduce Your Stress—and Find Happiness? – WSJ.

New gadgets and apps are trying to make mindfulness meditation—an often perplexing practice—a lot easier for beginners. But how much can we expect our smartphones to enlighten us?

“Musing” may not be meditating—an ancient and powerful practice. But could it be a baby step in that direction? Based on a pilot study of the Muse that Dr. Farb recently completed, he thinks the question is worth exploring. “It might be that in the broad trajectory of a meditative training path, [the Muse is] only the first 1% of the path or the first half percent of the path,” said Dr. Farb. “But you got to start somewhere.”

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Interesting overview, we think that in the end, if you think 20 minutes with a gadget (or nothing at all) is going to help “reduce stress” – that’s seems like the most important thing (you’re doing it and believing it) – if you’re tracking goals and metrics and seek improvement, you’ll probably get there, a gadget could help with that.

Alex Walker’s circuit board illustration is fantastic.