John Williams 96 · Overview Meditation FinalmixSit back, get comfortable for a listening only experience. This version includes relaxing and inspiring video and photos of Earth and the stars. The Final Text: We'll start our experience by getting comfortable. Sit in a...
April 28, 2020 –
- Uploaded YouTube link
- Reversed chronology of this blog for easier reading. And to bring the links to the top.
April 27, 2020 – Link to meditation: voice and music – https://soundcloud.com/john-williams-105/overview-meditation-finalmix/s-uY56iNK31Ba
- More work finishing up a video version of the meditation
- Final video edit and output
- After listening to it a hundred times and getting feedback. I should edit more and slow down the experience.
Some extraneous notes:
Research suggests (need to find sources other than https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/eight_reasons_why_awe_makes_your_life_better)
- Awe may improve mood and more satisfied with life
- may be good for your health
- may help you think more critically. Sharpen our brains; less pursuaded by weak arguments
- may decrease materialism
- can make you feel smaller and more humble
- make you feel like you have more time
- can make you more generous and cooperative
- can make you feel more connected to other people and humanity.
April 26, 2020
- More Links –
- The Earth in 4K – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7fYKMCCPh28
- Jeff’s Earth – https://youtu.be/-nmNhKRzy4w
- Serenity – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJ_nXc6D1wE
- Created time-breakout version to ease in creation of video version
- Started adding components to video (Adobe Premiere)
April 25, 2020 –
- The meditation has a repeated, strong centering component. This question came up during dreaming last night… Since Earth Day was just a couple of days ago, I was considering doing an Earth centering exercise. Upon waking and considering though, it feels to me that the relaxation meditation gets us closer to being aware of gravity, sounds, etc…as if we were astronauts. So sticking with what I have.
- And look…an answer to my question yesterday about timing – from the above link
- It might seem like a good idea to allow long breaks in between sentences and paragraphs when reading a guided meditation, and many people mistakenly assume that this encourages deeper relaxation. However, you should avoid pausing for too long, or you will begin to break your bond with the listener and they will start daydreaming, floating away, or falling asleep (of course, if you want your listener to fall asleep, then you can ignore this advice). Occasional pauses of 5 to 15 seconds are generally OK, but regular 20+ second pauses can be counterproductive.
April 24, 2020 – 3 hrs.
- Resurrected this project – https://www.terrazoom.com/dev/geo/howHigh.htm. How Far answers the question my son originally came up with when he was about 6…How tall would a building have to be to see the edges of Kansas. Answer: 224.88 miles (or about 3366.2 stories).
- For Colorado, to see all four corners of the state you’d have to be about 252.05 miles (or 4228 stories up).
- If you’re curious about another place…play around with dragging the person icon and dragging out the pin. 🙂
- I remember how much fun I had making that app. Wonder sometimes if it has some real use.
- That exercise was all to answer a visualization question, how far up before we could see all of Colorado for the meditation. I thought it would be a good exercise given that it’s hard to imagine how high up you have to be and see the edge of the planet. From the ground, it’s as little as 9 miles to the horizon. And if we went 9 miles up, we’d basically be in space. Strange to think that that space is so close.
- Added some breathing reminders throughout at what I think are natural breaks in the journey. Recentering. Re-examining.
- Added a bit about flying around the moon before heading out even farther.
- added some thought about the nature of silence.
- timed the reading. Plan for 9 mins. came in at 8 mins. Just add more space between some thoughts. What is the optimal time not to speak. At what attention interval do people start wondering if the guide is still with them? Finding the right question here is difficult for me tonight….no answers, yet.
April 23, 2020 – 2 hrs.
- Brainstorming, gathering past videos and images. I think I’ll create a voice-only version and a visual version. My rough draft (complete) does lend itself to seeing the journey since that’s kinda how I wrote it. Piecing together the journey
- Edited rough draft. Draft 2 a bit more polished. Added some descriptions.
April 22, 2020 – 1 hr
- Yowza! Just found this 4K Journey around the Earth – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7KXGZAEWzn0 – Sweet!!! I think I’m in love with the Sahara.
- After letting draft sit for a day, gave it a read through. needing some tweaking of course.
April 21, 2020 – computing time: 18hrs., writing time: 2 hrs
- Spent a whole day computing-wise creating a 55 second star trail timelapse. Whew that took awhile.
- Link to video: https://youtu.be/_BcQpewYhu8
- Took a stab at writing first draft.
April 18, 2020 – Brainstorming
- thoughts of awe – https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-1-d&q=guided+meditation+awe
- pathway to our deep purpose
- more altruistic
- more humble
- less entitled
- aware of others strengths
- less stressed with everyday challenges
- part of larger collective. spurs creative thought, scientific discovery
- inspiring awe…that’s really at the root of the Overview Effect. (https://www.mindful.org/four-practices-for-inspiring-awe/)
- Awe narrative: https://ggia.berkeley.edu/practice/awe_narrative#data-tab-how
- how would this be as a walking meditation – though that’s unrealistic with current online class – https://www.mindful.org/awewalk/
- how long should this be? shooting for 9 mins as a start.
- I want to start with body meditation…feeling gravity but relaxing with it.
- I feel guilty right now for considering this (why is that??)
- My metta to me in this moment…Let my attention be fully open and relaxed in exploration for what inspires awe
- imagine seeing the sunrise
- imagine seeing aurora below
- imagine seeing a shooting star below
- imagine seeing glowing cities
- imagine watching the sunrise,
- imagine watching the growing shadows on a thunderhead over the pacific ocean as the sun sets
- imagine seeing the sunrise (every 90 mins)
- imagine watching moonrise
- imagine staring at the milky way
- imagine the deep black of the backside of the Moon and the bright stars above
- Then coming around the Moon for the Earthrise. yeah! that’s awe.
- Throughout your day, think about awe, how omnipresent it is throughout your day. take note of wonder, the things that give you goosebumps, This is awe working in your life. Find your awe moments, stop and feel them.
April 18: 2020 – Blog post – A start of something more I think – https://www.terrazoom.com/atlas/overview-effect/
April 18, 2020 – rediscovered Shots of Awe – Jason Silva. how did I stop watching this???????
April 17, 2020 – Started first draft of meditation.
April 15, 2020 – Started orchestrating a musical component to the meditation. I call it “And the sky became like sparks.” The title is based on a poem I wrote last year called Drumbeats found here – https://alearningspirit.com/drumbeats/
The original Pale Blue Dot video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GO5FwsblpT8
Space—A Virtual Frontier: How to Design and Evaluate a Virtual Reality Experience of the Overview Effect
How to write a script for a guided meditation or guided imagery program
April 12: Considering video to add to presentation. I made these a couple of years ago compiling long segments of imagery from ISS cameras.
I think I should slow some of these way down.
My favorite – https://youtu.be/zqgKueyALxA
April 11: Investigate how to prepare, write. Found these resources:
- This all barely scratches the surface.
April 1: Came up with idea for Guided Meditation to encourage Overview Effect