Spirituality and technology aren’t two words you often see together, but they do have a connection. BrainWorld Magazine points out that religion does not always embrace the views of science, but it adapts one of science’s best products: technology. For example, in the early 20th century, the radio allowed people to hear evangelical sermons in the comfort of their own homes. Television, on the other hand, gave birth to televangelists. When we talked about spirituality and technology in ‘The Source of All Knowledge’, we highlighted how technology creates and widens conduits for everyone to discover and be transformed by spirituality. Bringing information down and making it more accessible can help people develop their own ideas about spirituality even further.
Then came the internet, which became the ultimate technological game-changer for spirituality, just as much as it changed the way people communicate, work, and shop. Websites like YouTube allow spiritual teachers to broadcast their message without the need to gather an audience. The internet’s open forum also allowed people to participate in discussions about their devotions and spiritual beliefs.
Yoga and meditation have evolved to meet the needs of the world with the help of modern gadgets. Dr. Anil K. Rajvanshi believes spirituality is about understanding ourselves and the laws of the universe through the tools of science and technology. “It’s a necessary condition for large-scale spiritual progress to have technological progress,” he wrote. Technology has unmistakably become a part of everyday life and will only be more integral to our way of life.
A new study from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania found that 1.2% of the study population engaged with activity trackers and wearable devices. 80% of these users stuck with the device for at least six months. People have become fascinated by the fact that they can learn more about how they performed during workouts through the data that wearables help them gather. Meditation apps also allow users to see how long they’ve been meditating for through timers. This is leading to more and more people linking their spiritual lives to technology, which in turn is leading to a demand for more software that combines them. Maryville University’s evaluation of the software industry predicts a need for 1.1 million specialists by 2024, and much of the new technology developed will be able to help people better connect to their spiritual side. There will be many more devices produced that are aimed at improving mindfulness and helping people find a deeper spiritual connection within themselves.
In accordance with this demand for technology to help more people engage their spiritual side, Forbes argues that tech giants like Apple should do more. They believe that yoga should be a trackable workout on their wearable devices as it will encourage more people to try the exercise. Technology is the platform that allows people to interact with new practices, whether spiritual or otherwise, they would have never of thought of trying before.
While more can be done, technology is making life easier for users, allowing them to focus on other important elements of their life like family and friends. Meanwhile, spirituality gives a certain perspective in life. When they merge, people will be able to discover a lot of life-changing things. For example, great progress in the technological arena means more opportunities for people to discover great laws of nature and ultimately God.
Post specially written by Reese Jones for lightandsoundmeditation.com