28 days of me

Day 5

Pushed The Boat Out

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015
Show today's brain activity
Alpha 65%
Waves which occur when relaxed and calm
Beta 31%
Waves which occur when, for example, actively thinking or problem-solving
Gamma 4%
Waves which occur when involved in higher mental activity and consolidation of information

I had a bit of a reality check yesterday. It isn’t easy adding tasks to our already busy lives – even something as nice as meditating. I would love to go away somewhere for this whole 28 Days experiment – somewhere nice and sunny with a beach :-) and spend the month getting ‘Zen’. But that is not what this blog is about – it is about seeing if we can make small changes in our everyday lives to be healthier and ultimately happier.

Today I pushed the boat out and tried a 40 minute meditation! Next level. I really enjoyed it. It was a guided meditation session by Shinzen Young and this particular meditation was called the Thinking Process. He discussed how there are four different ways thoughts come into your mind during meditation:

Talking – monologue or dialogue
Images – any visuals that pop into your mind
Subtle processing – general background thoughts
Peace – when you manage to find space

He encourages you to be aware of when thoughts happen but hear the talking as just sound, and to see through the images. It is also about noticing how the thought process happens – how they come in and out of your mind. This method helps you to become an observer, rather than feeling and reacting to the individual thoughts. Easier said than done of course, but it is nice to have this knowledge now and I will see if I can apply it to other sessions.

“It is about seeing if we can make small changes in our everyday lives to be healthier and ultimately happier.”


Today I did a 40 minute guided meditation session from The Science of Enlightenment by Shinzen Young. Plus a 15 minute headspace session later in the day.

Today’s Brain Wave Tracking

graph, brain waves, meditation

Blue = Alpha waves, 65% (Day 1 was 43%) — this is the one I’m trying to increase.
Yellow = Beta waves, 31% (Day 1 was 38%)
Pink = Gamma waves, 4% (Day 1 was 19%)

The image at the top of the page today is a visualisation of the data from today’s meditation session.

Photo credit: Leeroy