What is The Mindfulness Timer ?
The Mindfulness Timer was developed to help those who practice meditation-based techniques (MBSR, MBCT) to remain present and aware despite the many distractions incessantly coming from the busy mind. But how could a timer determine the quality of our mindfulness and grant us any form of awareness? Mindfulness cannot be programmed and should certainly not be timed. Being mindful means being present to the moment and therefore being in a timeless space.
So why The Mindfulness Timer ?
Anyone who has tried practicing meditation knows how difficult it can be to maintain one’s attention on what is actually taking place in the present moment. Thus restrained, the mind struggles and – greatly helped by habitual patterns – soon succeeds in escaping to its favorite places: the past (revisited and ruminated) and the future (filled with planning and imagining). From then on, all the muddled feelings attached to these thoughts surface while the peace of mind evaporates.
This is where The Mindfulness Timer can help. The perception of a soft and harmonious gong chime immediately dissipates the fantasizing and brings the mind back to the reality of the moment. Instead of wandering away for 10, 15, 20 minutes or more, the mind is thus gently redirected towards the present as often as necessary.
In the course of the day, when you are not practicing formal meditation, but would wish to maintain an alert state of mind, The Mindfulness Timer can help you in two ways: through hearing – when you perceive the gong chimes at regular intervals – and through sight – when your eyes fall on the symbol engraved on the wood of the pyramid.
This symbol appears on the front wall of many Thai temples. The lower part symbolizes the ceaseless circle of thoughts - or the cycle of samsara. The line which rises up in a spiral represents the strength of Mindfulness which has the power to extract us from the cycle and to progress higher and higher until full awakening of the heart faculties.
When we are aware of the meaning of this symbol, a simple glance at it during the day can be a reminder of mindfulness and gently bring us back to the present moment.
The Mindfulness symbol
How does The Mindfulness Timer work?
It can be programmed in two steps :
Fifteen seconds later:
The wooden part of The Mindfulness Timer is entirely handmade of solid sycamore. It is built to the exact proportions of the Kheops pyramid and is 5.3 inches (13,5cm) at the base. The "Awakening" symbol is engraved at the front of the pyramid and its name, The Mindfulness Timer, is engraved at the back.
The sound of The Mindfulness Timer is that of a Tibetan "singing bowl" which has been digitally recorded for the purest quality. The volume is adjustable (2 settings).
|To listen to the sound of the gong|
|The Mindfulness Timer|
The Mindfulness Timer runs on 4 AA batteries – not supplied.
Please do not use rechargeable batteries (they might discharge too fast), or saline or lithium batteries.
|Download the Instructions for The Mindfulness Timer in PDF format|
|If you do not have Adobe Reader to open pdf, files, please download it here Adobe Reader|
The Mindfulness Timer - For whom ?
For those who practice Mindfulness (esp. MBSR and MBCT)
The Mindfulness Timer was developed for the training and practice of mindfulness, to bring some practical help to those who are determined to be free from the relentless cycle of thoughts; to help them find joy in the present moment.
Indeed, the soft and melodious chime of The Mindfulness Timer brings serenity to the atmosphere of the room it is placed in. This peace is strengthened by the pure symbol of Awakening which stands out on the ivory of the sycamore wood and the perfect beauty of the pyramid. Present moment well-being begins here and now
If you wish to let other people know about The Mindfulness Timer please click on this link. It will open onto a printable flyer briefly presenting its properties and use.
For meditation practice
The Mindfulness Timer is specially dedicated to meditation practice. When you start the silent period with the pure sound of the "singing bowl", your mind and body are immediately put into a state of relaxation. Mindfulness begins at ear level and then vibrates throughout the entire body.
All meditators have been distracted by the thought: "How long have I been sitting?", or glanced at the clock or been startled by the kitchen timer buzzing. Acting as guardian of the time, The Mindfulness Timer frees the individual meditator - as well as the time-keeper in group practice – from this preoccupation.
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Engraved varnished sycamore (MFT)