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Day 3

Super Manic

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015
Show today's brain activity
Alpha 36%
Waves which occur when relaxed and calm
Beta 36%
Waves which occur when, for example, actively thinking or problem-solving
Gamma 27%
Waves which occur when involved in higher mental activity and consolidation of information

Today my brain was super active. Thoughts kept popping into my head like jolts of lighting and I could actually feel my heart rate get faster and the adrenaline kicking in. I definitely wasn’t deliberately trying to think, or find problems to solve, but it was happening anyway, beyond my control.

You can see this on the graph – there is a lot more beta and gamma brain wave activity than there has been for the two previous days.

I don’t have any explanation as to why my brain was so manic today. I tried a slightly different approach – I meditated in the afternoon after I had done some exercise. I am finding a traditional meditation sitting position a bit uncomfortable, so I was hoping the exercise would help with this. It did help, but I don’t think it had anything to do with my super active brain during the session as I felt quite ‘zen’ when I initially sat down to meditate.

I am finding that the thoughts that pop into my mind are the ones that have the strongest emotional connection from the past day or so, which I guess is normal but I found this interesting.

It did however make me feel a bit better when I read an article later in the day about how it sometimes feels like our minds can be more crazy during meditation: (link to the article below)

“Once we pause and start paying attention to our mind, we begin to see how erratic and addictive it is and how little control we actually have over it. It can be disturbing to realize how unruly our mind is. But, remember, meditation is a practice of paying attention. So, making this observation is a sign of progress, not failure.”

Links

5 Beliefs That Are Messing Up Your Meditation Practice (Mind Body Green)

Meditation

Today I used a 15 minute headspace session at home in the afternoon.

Today’s brain wave activity

graph, meditation

Blue = Alpha waves, 36%
Yellow = Beta waves, 36%
Pink = Gamma waves, 27%

 

Photo credit: Daniel Roizer