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Day 6

Making Real Progress!

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015
Show today's brain activity
Alpha 80%
Waves which occur when relaxed and calm
Beta 20%
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

I started my day today with 15 minutes of guided meditation. I have been finding meditating first thing in the morning really difficult for me – it is when my brain is super active planning for the day ahead.

I became aware that I was getting really judgemental of myself because I was struggling to focus. My mind was its usual scatter brain self and many thoughts kept popping in and out of my head. “why can’t you just stop thinking, why can’t you find the ‘peace’ you found yesterday, there must be something wrong with me because I can’t focus and be calm” (I’m not the only one that self criticises in their head, right?!)

But, then I started to find very small, very short moments of space. And these moments started growing! I still had the manic ‘I must get through all this stuff today’ thoughts but I was able to find small moments of calm, and miraculously these moments turned into more clarity and a general feeling of peace.

“I started to find very small, very short moments of space”

By the time I finished the session I felt genuinely happy and on top of things. It was quite a shocking difference from 15 minutes before – my day ahead hadn’t changed – I still had loads of work to get through and quite complex situations to solve, but my mind was clearer, I felt happy and I felt like I could handle whatever the day was going to throw at me.

I am officially calling this a small breakthrough! So there is hope my meditation friends – if I can make a very very small amount of progress after only a few days of meditation, you definitely can as well.

Meditation

15 minutes of Headspace meditation first thing in the morning. Plus another 15 minute meditation at around 8pm just before I left work.

Today’s brain wave activity

graph, brainwaves, meditation

Blue = alpha waves, 80% (Day 1 was 43%)
Yellow = beta waves, 20% (Day 1 was 38%)
Pink = gamma waves, 0% (Day 1 was 19%)

Now, I am not sure if there was a technical issue with the graph, or if I was actually zen enough to have 0% gamma. Not even sure if it is possible have have 0% gamma…?

Photo grama: Anthony Delanoix