28 days of me

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Day 1

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Friday, May 1st, 2015
Show today's brain activity
Alpha 43%
Waves which occur when relaxed and calm
Beta 38%
Waves which occur when, for example, actively thinking or problem-solving
Gamma 19%
Waves which occur when involved in higher mental activity and consolidation of information

Quite a few people have said to me that this challenge will be a cakewalk, compared to eating only raw food or smashing out a month of CrossFit, but the reality is I think this is going to be the hardest one yet. I’m REALLY bad at sitting still, and apparently even worse at calming my mind.

To kick off my 28 Days Of Meditation I got up 30 minutes early and headed downstairs to my living room to start my session around 7:45am. Andy (from Headspace) instructed me to observe how I was feeling. The words that came to mind were scatterbrain, anxious and panicky. Getting straight out of bed into a sitting position felt weird and uncomfortable, even breathing felt forced and restricted and I felt really wired like I had just had a double espresso. (which I hadn’t)

meditation

I feel pretty confident in saying that I’m really, really sh*t at meditating. Which is actually a great thing – it means there is a lot of room for improvement over the next 28 days.

The focus of my 15 minute session this morning was on the people around you and how being mindful will effect your relationships with them. I get that, and I get how that focus could result in a really special meditation session, but I didn’t manage to get there this morning.

It also didn’t help that I was really hungry – I might have to have a pre-meditation snack when I am meditating first thing in the morning.

“The words that came to mind were scatterbrain, anxious and panicky.”

There was one interesting element that came out of the session this morning. Three things kept coming into my mind – all three thoughts were things that had happening yesterday and they all had evoked some sort of strong emotion. One of my aims for the month is to be more present, and be more aware of how I am feeling in the moment. It is interesting that these things were still floating around in my head and I was only then really understanding how those three separate events made me actually feel. (More about what I am aiming to get out of the challenge on the About page)

“I feel pretty confident in saying that I’m really, really sh*t at meditating.”

 

Resources

If you are thinking about joining me on this challenge – and I really hope you do! Headspace is a great app to get familiar with. The first 10, 10 minute sessions are free and it makes dabbling into the world of meditation a whole lot easier.

Meditation

15 minutes session in the morning using Headspace app

Today’s Brain Wave Activity

Each day I will be recording my brain waves (Alpha, Beta and Gamma) during the meditation session. Alpha waves occur when you are calm and relaxed (like in meditation), so I will be aiming to increase my Alpha waves during my meditation sessions as the month progresses. More on that over the following days. Here is today’s brainwave activity:

graph, meditation, 28 days of me

Blue = alpha waves, 43%
Yellow = beta waves, 38%
Pink = gamma waves, 19%

The hippy image at the top of the page is a visualisation of today’s brain waves.

Photo credit: Cathryn Lavery