28 days of me

Day 14

Making Meditation A Habit

Thursday, May 14th, 2015
Show today's brain activity
Alpha 41%
Waves which occur when relaxed and calm
Beta 34%
Waves which occur when, for example, actively thinking or problem-solving
Gamma 25%
Waves which occur when involved in higher mental activity and consolidation of information

A few people have been asking me if I will keep going with daily meditation once the 28 days is done. Right now my answer is of course! But, I know it is going to be harder said than done once other things take priority. The crew at Mindful in May have already been discussing this topic – how do you make something, like meditation, a daily habit?

Here is Mindful in May’s interview with BJ Fogg (Stanford University) who is the creator of Tiny Habits. He talks about how it is important first of all to find the right time in your day to integrate this new habit. I am finding with meditation that perhaps first thing in the morning isn’t the best time for me. I thought it would be because I am a bit of a ‘morning person’ and I often go through phases of getting out of bed early to do some sort of yoga or exercise in the morning, but with meditation it’s different -  mornings is when my brain is most active and it is the hardest time for me to find the mental space.

BJ Fogg

Fogg also talk about you can’t rely on the initial motivation and energy you have for a new ‘thing’, because of course this will fade. Instead, make sure you are doing the thing you are trying to make into a daily habit everyday, even if it is only for 10 seconds, because this will help you establish it in your daily routine.

It is an interesting talk and worth a watch for anyone who is trying to meditate more, or anyone who is trying to make big or small changes their lives.

Meditation Type

I thought I has set myself up for a really good meditation session today – it was towards the end of the day, I had done a yoga class earlier, I took a hot shower, I closed the curtains and and laid on the bed. Bliss! Except that I kept having to stop myself falling asleep! This happen the first two times I ever tried a guided meditation, but I haven’t had this problem since. I guess I just unintentionally set up my environment so that it was not very meditation-friendly.

Today I did Mindful in May Week 2 Meditation

Today’s Brain Wave Activity

Day 14 graph

Blue = Alpha waves, 41% (Day 1 was 43%) — this is the one I’m trying to increase.
Yellow = Beta waves, 34% (Day 1 was 38%)
Pink = Gamma waves, 25% (Day 1 was 19%)

Photo credit: nytimes.com