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Day 12

Real Life

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015
Show today's brain activity
Alpha 68%
Waves which occur when relaxed and calm
Beta 30%
Waves which occur when, for example, actively thinking or problem-solving
Gamma 2%
Waves which occur when involved in higher mental activity and consolidation of information

At some point today I decided I needed to lower my expectations for how much progress I make when work is super busy.

And I’m ok with this. Adjusting my expectation is all part of the experience, and journey, of this blog.

I am not sunning myself on a beach somewhere, or at a yoga retreat in the mountains (although that would be rad), I am trying to fit in daily meditations, and ultimately become more mindful, around an already busy schedule. And that’s ok, because this is real life.

I guarantee if I was meditating on my own (so without the blog that makes me accountable) I wouldn’t have meditated yesterday and today. I am sure this is a really common scenario for anyone who is new to meditation – as soon as life gets busy, the meditation stops and this I assume, is when we need it most.

I can’t say that my meditations over the past two days have ‘saved’ me in anyway, maybe I am a little bit better at dealing with the stress and work load, but then again maybe not. But I do feel like if I keep this up, and get better at meditating and being mindful during my day, I will be able to stay more calm and focused during these busy periods.

Tomorrow I am going to do a guided group meditation session before work  – exciting times!

Meditation Type

15 minutes 1 Giant Mind guided meditation before work.
5 minutes ‘non guided’ meditation (scary!)
3 minutes Muse exercise  (results below)

Today’s Brain Wave Activity

graph, brainwave data

Blue = Alpha waves, 68% (Day 1 was 43%) — this is the one I’m trying to increase.
Yellow = Beta waves, 30% (Day 1 was 38%)
Pink = Gamma waves, 2% (Day 1 was 19%)

*The graph looks a bit sparse today because this was the recording from my 5 minute session, so there wasn’t as much data recorder overall.

Muse Results

Below are the results from my 3 minute Muse session.

muse

Photo credit: My Amsterdam by PicturelySpoken