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Day 9

Meditating Hungover

Saturday, May 9th, 2015
Show today's brain activity
Alpha 64%
Waves which occur when relaxed and calm
Beta 31%
Waves which occur when, for example, actively thinking or problem-solving
Gamma 6%
Waves which occur when involved in higher mental activity and consolidation of information

Today I’m feeling rough – ladies night got a bit boozy, as expected ;-)

I wanted to meditate first thing in the morning because I was curious how my brain wave activity was after the alcohol. I am definitely one of these people that get the ‘post alcohol guilts’ – “what did I say to that person, I hope they knew I was joking, I really hope I didn’t say anything offensive, was it ok that I mentioned that…” So I was anticipating quite a jittery meditation session.

I didn’t manage to get the calmness and clarity I was achieving a few days ago, but looking at the actual data, I did keep my alpha waves relatively high and the gamma and beta low. (meaning I was managing not to think and process and judge too much) This was really positive and again feels like I am making small amounts of progress.

And, I definitely felt a lot calmer after the session than before.

I am keeping this post short today – I’m off to eat some grubby food and try not to feel too sorry for myself.

Meditation

Today I did Kristin Neff’s Body Scan which is part of Mindful in May.

Today’s brain wave activity

meditation graph

Blue = alpha waves, 64% (Day 1 was 43%) This is what I am trying to increase
Yellow = beta waves, 31% (Day 1 was 38%)
Pink = gamma waves, 6% (Day 1 was 19%)

Photo credit: Neha Deshmukh