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Day 10

Understanding Mindfulness

Sunday, May 10th, 2015
Show today's brain activity
Alpha 63%
Waves which occur when relaxed and calm
Beta 29%
Waves which occur when, for example, actively thinking or problem-solving
Gamma 8%
Waves which occur when involved in higher mental activity and consolidation of information

Today I did another session by Shinzen Young. It was more a lecture on meditation than an actual guided meditation.

I am getting so much out of his ‘teachings’. I am loving the apps and short meditations (Headspace, 1 Giant Mind etc) for the fact that they are making meditation so accessible, but I strongly recommend investing some time in educating yourself to a slightly deeper level on mindfulness and meditation. I am understating a lot more about the ‘why’ from listening to Young and this, at least for me is motivating – if I truly understand what I am doing and how this is effecting me, I am more inclined to make it a habit.

He talks about when we manage to be mindful in our everyday lives, as in directly connecting with the current moment – which might be a conversation, putting on make up, eating, hanging out washing – this sense of uniting and connecting the mind with these actions is highly ecstatic and intrinsically joyful.

Shinzen Young, meditation

Now, I’m discovering ‘being mindful’ is easier said than done – immediately after this meditation session I had a shower and tried, quite a few times, to be mindful – I tried to feel how the water felt on my skin, how the body wash smelt, what sounds I could hear etc…and I couldn’t keep my mind focused at all – not even for 3 seconds! But, I will keep trying to be mindful in the small moment of my day this week and see if I can make some improvements!

Today’s brain wave activity

meditation, graph brain waves

Blue = alpha waves, 63% (Day 1 was 43%) This is what I am trying to increase
Yellow = beta waves, 29% (Day 1 was 38%)
Pink = gamma waves, 8% (Day 1 was 19%)

Meditation

40 minute meditation / lecture by Shinzen Young

Mindful in May also has a blog post on bringing this mindfulness into everyday activities.