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Day 22

Morning Meditation

Friday, May 22nd, 2015
Show today's brain activity
Alpha 42%
Waves which occur when relaxed and calm
Beta 36%
Waves which occur when, for example, actively thinking or problem-solving
Gamma 23%
Waves which occur when involved in higher mental activity and consolidation of information

They say there is no real right or wrong time to meditate, but it seems the majority of people like to meditate in the mornings. I guess it is because it is such a nice way to set up your day. I am however getting better results (meaning high Alpha waves) when I meditate in the evenings, at least at the moment.

I meditated this morning and I knew, even without seeing the brainwave data, that my mind was super active. Work is really busy for me at the moment so this isn’t surprising at all. I am now managing to find moments of calm (in my day and during meditation) but I think it will be a long time until I am able to meditate in the mornings during a busy phase and find my ‘calm place’.

Another part of morning meditation I have been thinking about recently is exactly when to do it. You shouldn’t meditate on a full stomach, but the problem I often have is when I get out of bed I am usually pretty hungry (borderline famished), so the idea of having to wait another 10-20 minutes to eat is devastating (ok, devastating might be a strong word but trying to sit still and be all calm and focused when you are hungry is really bloody hard!) I think the trick is, if you are really hungry, eat something small like some fruit, that way you can keep the growling stomach at bay and still meditate on a relatively empty stomach.

About a week ago I said I was going to try and meditate sitting up (rather than lying down or sitting in a chair). I decided this after my back and hips were so sore during my first meditation class. I have been doing this for the past week and I am surprised that already I am finding it way easier to sit in this position for 10 and even 20 minutes. Jon Kabat-Zinn has a really nice way of describing meditation posture – he says to find a position that represents a “dignified posture” for you. I like this – I often think of it when I sit down to meditate and it helps my body find when it needs to be positioned.

Here is an article on how to prepare for a meditation session. And here is a Dummies Guide to eating and drinking before meditation.

Today’s Meditation

Week 3 of Mindful in May (10 minute meditation)

Today’s Brainwave Activity

meditation-graph- data

 

Blue = Alpha waves, 42% (Day 1 was 43%) — this is the one I’m trying to increase.
Yellow = Beta waves, 36% (Day 1 was 38%)
Pink = Gamma waves, 23% (Day 1 was 19%)

Photo credit: Jan Vašek