NEUMA BEING IS AN ECOSYSTEM FOR ACHIEVING OPTIMAL STATES AKA “YOUR BEST SELF”.
Our name NEUMA (pronounced noo.muh)
derives from the ancient greek work Pneuma.
In stoic philosophy pneuma is the vital sprit or
the creative force of a person.
For us, what Neuma Being is to live
fulfilling ones potential using their creative spirit.
Manori Sumanasinghe is a Sri Lankan-American, Los Angeles-based designer and entrepreneur, working towards her California licensure in Architecture. She is passionate about community building and the role of Architecture + Design for a community’s well-being. She has over two decades of experience in mindfulness practices. This has taken her on a journey that led her to found NEUMASCAPE STUDIO & subsequently NEUMA BEING.
Nelson Abreu is a licensed electrical engineer completing a Masters in Design, Business and Technology at USC IYA. He is an entrepreneur, inventor, author and educator. A descendant of Goa, India, he was born and raised in Lisbon, Portugal. For years, Nelson has been exploring the intersection of being, society and technology: how extraordinary states facilitate new technical and social solutions (innovation) and how technology can facilitate such states. He has co-developed vibro-acoustic and other technologies and techniques that induce these optimal or flow states of well-being.
Our technologies were developed based on techniques inspired by ancient wisdom, backed by latest research in the fields of transformative states, mindfulness, and meditation.
NEUMA BEING ecosystem was born out of experiences our founders Manori and Nelson faced in their professional and daily life. It is also informed by research on the benefits of mindfulness, meditation, and naturally occurring altered-states. They've realized that these special mental states were powerful tools to enhance creativity, productivity and well-being.
The creative and innovative processes alternates between focused and divergent states of mind. Mindfulness switches on divergent thinking. In other words, meditation opens your mind to new ideas. Second, mindfulness practice improves attention and makes it easier to register the novelty and usefulness of ideas. And finally, mindfulness nurtures courage and resilience in the face of skepticism and setbacks, which is important because failure and setbacks are inextricably linked with any innovation process. Meditation helps practitioners clear their minds, focus more on the task at hand, and come up with original solutions. Studies correlate altered states such as lucid dreams, out-of-body experience, hypnagogia with insight or creative problem-solving.
We have created a vault that highlights academic, scientific evidence and other publication that inform our work.