So it’s been just over two weeks since I stunningly received the Muse Meditation Headband. In the past 16 days, I’ve only missed 3 days so I’d say that’s pretty good! Let me first provide you with a quick overview and some details on the system.
This brain sensing headband gently guides your meditation through changing sounds of weather based on the real-time state of your brain. Muse gives you accurate, real-time feedback on what’s happening in your brain when you meditate. Muse’s app has personalized tracking, motivational challenges and rewards encourage you to build a more regular and effective practice. Below are some key points from Muse on the headband. Below that, I will tell you how my experience has been compared to their claims.
How does it work?
- You connect the headband to the Muse app via Bluetooth (the press of a few buttons)
- (First time you use it) Take the tutorial which is simple and shows you how adjust the headband for accurate readings.
- Apparently your brain is different every day so the next step is to calibrate which will basically take a snapshot (which takes 60 seconds) of your brain activity in it’s natural state.
- See the results & track your progress.
What exactly does Muse measure and is it safe?
Muse headband is a brain fitness tool that measures brain signals much like a heart rate monitor senses your heartbeat.
Muse’s 7 finely calibrated sensors – 2 on the forehead, 2 behind the ears plus 3 reference sensors – detect and measure the activity of your brain.
Muse has been tested and certified in accordance with Canadian, USA and European regulatory standards.
So simply put; yes. You can find out more here.
Why Meditate with Muse?
- It motivates you to change your brain.
- Improves how you respond to stress
- Extended use can provide you with amazing and lasting results.
- It is designed to help you form a habit.
So….how good is the Muse Headband?
It’s very easy to use. It comes with instructions and charger but it does not come with a carrying case which I suggest you get in addition to the system to protect it.
For the ladies, because you need to move the hair from around your ears in order for it to accurately sense the brainwaves, they included three hair ties for you! Adorable.
It is comfortable. I often use this while lying in bed and end up falling asleep with it on as eventually you can’t even feel that it’s even on your head. When I do use it while sitting, it’s not something I pay attention to and that may be due to trying to make sure the rain stays quiet.
The sounds can be a bit distracting but they are helpful. As soon as you start to notice the noise get quieter, you start realizing your mind is quieting then your mind gets distracted by that and when you start to hear the birds chirping, you get even more excited because your brain is really calm. At first this was a bit annoying and I felt like it was counterproductive to what it was supposed to doing. It wasn’t until today that I realized exactly how to stop that from happening.
There are a 5 soundscapes (may be different from Apple to Android devices) which on the Apple include Rainforest, Desert, Ambient Music, Beach and Downtown City Park. I generally use the Rainforest or Beach but whichever you use, you will hear chirping birds when your mind is calm for a long time – at that point, you know you’re doing good. Once your brain starts to go off into a different direction, the birds stop and your soundscape will get a bit louder. This is how you can gauge your brain activity. Note that when you move with this headband, it will automatically stop the session asking you if you want to continue, pause or end.
You can track your activity in the app which shows you the level of activity throughout the meditation. You will see your recoveries; recoveries from active to neutral activity represent the effort spent noticing your distractions which builds the skill of attention.
There is also something called calm points. You get awards which you get when you reach a certain level of activity whether it be being calm more than a certain percent, when you earn more than two birds per minute and so on. It’s actually quiet interesting to see these awards and it keeps you excited and motivated to continue on and gain more awards – even though there is not financial or materialistic prize or award given to you.
Interesting to note: When lying in bed before falling asleep, my mind is able to be fairly quiet but then I fall asleep and that’s when things get interesting. When I compare the time I fell asleep on my Fitbit App to the time my mind started to go wild on my Muse app, I noticed that my mind started to go wild when I fell asleep. The correlation between the two kind of boggles my mind which now makes me want to learn more about brain activity when we sleep; but I’ll be honest – I won’t do any research.
I find that having this system makes me want to meditate more, I want to see how well I am doing and it seems the more I do it, the more I start to understand how breathing really affects your meditations getting into that space that our bodies, minds and souls are desperately needing to get to. Today was the first that that I truly started to focus on my breathing – the deep breathes are when I started to notice the sounds levels going down which alloed my mind to stay in a calm mode for 49% of my 17 minute meditation was is huge! At least for me it is.
This system is really starting to give me great insight into how I am doing and honestly, if I would have went through the entire walkthrough meditation system in the beginning, I may not have needed to struggle so much before understanding how breathe is so important and how amazing this system could be of help.
I am by no means a pro when it comes to how the brain functions and how the system works in combination with the brain but I do know that it’s worked for me. The effects that meditation has on you is really unbelievable. It can vary for others but generally there are specific things meditation helps with including but not limited to relaxation, improved mood and reduced stress. When I start meditating, I notice I react to things much differently, I haven’t heard myself say or felt stressed in weeks (and I do event planning), things start to fall in place and my signs I ask for from the Universe start flowing in like crazy. What seems to be the new norm for me is seeing numbers; doubles or duplicates. When I see these things, I don’t always think that they are signs from the Universe but when I see things like this….constantly, you can’t help but believe.
I told you I would come back with my story on the Muse Headband and tell you what I like or dislike about it but I have something special to add to that! As I was telling a friend about the system, at the end of our conversation she told me she had one that was given to her by a company who had spares that hadn’t been used and they wanted to give them away. Turns out, hers was still wrapped in the box sitting at home and would never be used so I asked her if I could have it to provide it to one of my readers through a contest, so here we are.
Enter for your chance to win this Muse Headband System which INCLUDES the carry/cover case! This contest is open Worldwide – I will pay for the shipping myself. I believe that everyone should be able to have one of these to help them “get into the grove” because it’s an amazing device.
Check out the Muse website for more details