Stillness is the key
One of the first things I do every morning is a 10 minute meditation using my Muse 2 Headband followed by a 20 minute meditation using the Headspace app.
This morning, my mind seemed to be particularly calm. Maybe even the calmest it has ever been. The Muse app monitors my brain waves during meditation and categorizes the brain activity into “active”, “neutral” and “calm”.
Out of the 10 minute meditation, my mind was “calm” for 7 minutes and 37 seconds, while it wasn’t “active” at any point in time. I can’t remember having such an astonishing session ever before.
As for the stats, “recoveries” is the number of times my mind was “active” and I was able to catch it and bring it back to “neutral” or “calm”. When I am particularly calm, a (virtual) bird lands next to me and starts singing. The “birds” stat shows how often this was the case.
To put it in perspective, usually my muse points are in the range of 1000-1200 and the number of birds is slightly higher than the number of recoveries.
Of course, it’s not wise to judge your meditation (You wouldn’t judge how you brush your teeth either) and an active mind doesn’t necessarily equals a bad meditation. Nevertheless I’m excited to see that daily practice aggregates and compounds over an extended period of time and and leads to more presence, awareness and stillness of the mind.
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