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Day 27

Emergency Lunchtime Meditation

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015
Show today's brain activity
Alpha 68%
Waves which occur when relaxed and calm
Beta 32%
Waves which occur when, for example, actively thinking or problem-solving
Gamma 0%
Waves which occur when involved in higher mental activity and consolidation of information

Today I was completely frazzled. Work was insane.

By 11am I could feel a headache coming on, and my entire body felt wired. I was having trouble keeping my mind on what was being said in meetings. Today stress made me dumb. It’s actually a thing, I didn’t make it up. You can read about it here.

At lunchtime I decided to go outside to a park near work, find a bench and meditate. And it worked. It wasn’t a ‘good’ meditation – my mind was super active and continuously trying to solve everything at once, but even the act of sitting down to meditate, and taking the time to try and find some space was really helpful. I came back to the office 20 minutes later and I felt more in control than I had been in the morning, and generally more present. I was able to concentrate better and process information.

It feels really amazing having this ‘tool’ available to me now. I need to remain cool-headed in my job – if I’m stressed it isn’t good for anyone. Ultimately it would be nice to be able to do this ‘de-stress’ more efficiently – like taking a moment to breath and decompress rather than having to actually leave the office. But that is what the meditation practice is for – you are practicing to help your mind find this ‘calm place’, that you can then tap into if and when you need it in everyday life. Sounds rad to me – I won’t get to that level by the end of this 28 Days (because tomorrow is the last day…) but hopefully I will be able to reach that at some point in the future.

Today’s Meditation

10 minutes Headspace at lunchtime plus 15 minute 1 Giant Mind meditation in the evening.

Today’s Brainwave Activity

brainwave data, meditation

Blue = Alpha waves, 68% (Day 1 was 47%) — this is the one I’m trying to increase.
Yellow = Beta waves, 32% (Day 1 was 34%)
Pink = Gamma waves, 0% (Day 1 was 19%)

Photo credit: Simon Stratford