You don’t normally hear technology and mindfulness talked about in the same conversation.
Yet, we’re surrounded daily by the latest and greatest technological advances. Technology has become part of our lives, and it’s here to stay, so why not put it to work for your mind?
Someone finally has, with exciting implications for your life.
As I’m sure you are aware, your brain controls most of your waking moments. It controls your thoughts, your feelings, your actions and your reactions to life.
For many of us, that may not always be a good thing...
You have, on average, 60,000 thoughts a day – or one thought per second for every hour you’re awake. It’s believed that 95 percent of your thoughts are the same thoughts repeated every day, and 80 percent of them are negative.
Wouldn’t it be a relief if you could take control of your mind to promote relaxation and even help think more positive thoughts – in as little as 3 minutes a day? How different would your life look and feel?
Personal Success Author, Napoleon Hill, Once Said, 'What You Think, You Become.' Do You Really Want to Become YOUR Thoughts?
Researchers have discovered that positive thoughts set off a cascade of hormones throughout your body that bring feelings of calm and peace.
Here’s the fascinating part... You have control over your thoughts and can train your mind to think more positively. And it’s a whole lot easier than you might believe...
By meditating regularly and developing mindfulness, you can learn to harness your thoughts and unleash the ties to your everyday thoughts and emotions.
What exactly is mindfulness? According to Psychology Today, mindfulness is:
“A state of active, open attention on the present. When you’re mindful, you observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance, without judging them good or bad. Instead of letting your life pass you by, mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to experience.”
Meditation helps carry you to a state of mindfulness. And this allows you to let go of negative thoughts, giving you the opportunity to experience new positive thoughts and feelings. Ones that may serve you much, much better...
Three of the Biggest Myths About Meditation
When many people hear the word meditation, they think of a yogi sitting in a lotus position, chanting. Or they may believe meditation is something "new age" or involves a type of religious practice.
While there are certainly individuals who use meditation to heighten their spiritual practice, plenty of people do it to promote relaxation and to manage their daily stress.
Many large companies, like Google, even have corporate mindfulness programs!
Two more common misunderstandings about meditation are that you have to actively do something with your mind, like focus on a “mantra” or certain words… or that it needs to take a big chunk of your time.
Actually, you don’t have to do anything when you meditate.
You don’t have to think, feel, or act a certain way or change anything about yourself. In fact, the less you do, the better!
When you meditate with this new easy-to-do method that I’ve recently discovered, you only need to listen... And devote as little as 3 minutes a day!
'I’d Like to Meditate... But I’m Not Sure I’ll Do It Right'
Does this ring true for you? It does for many people. Uncertainty about getting started or doing it correctly is one of the top reasons why people don’t meditate.
Or maybe you see meditation as a chore that competes for your precious time. Many believe it takes long periods of meditation to get any benefit.
I had tried to meditate for many years but always gave up because I never knew if I was doing it “right.”
That is why I was so excited when I discovered a tool that teaches you how to meditate with real-time brain feedback to make sure that you are actually getting your brain into the meditative state.
And it’s not time-consuming. In fact, you only need 3 minutes a day to get started – and to start seeing benefits!
No matter how busy you may be, I think you’ll agree that redirecting a minimum of 3 minutes of your day would be worth it if you could have the benefits I just described...
Muse – The Brain Sensing Headband is a personal meditation assistant that can help take your meditation practice to new heights.
Great for beginners, Muse gives you accurate, real-time feedback on what’s happening in your brain while you meditate. It teaches you the essentials of meditation and provides milestones and rewards that motivate you to commit to a daily meditation practice. Its headband tracks your brain’s activity, much like a heart monitor reads your heart rate. Muse uses short, fun sessions to help calm your mind, increase focus and composure, and reduce stress.
In short, Muse makes meditation less intimidating. And a whole lot more fun. As I’ve already learned, once you experience Muse, I know you won’t consider those short 3 minutes each day a chore...
The Muse app encourages and motivates you to gradually increase your 3 minutes, and I now regularly meditate with Muse for 20 minutes a day.
The Inspiration Behind Muse
Ariel Garten is the founder of InteraXon, the company that makes Muse. With a background in neuroscience and psychotherapy, she’s long had a passion for helping people understand their own minds and how to use them more productively.
In her therapy practice, she observed how much her patients’ minds got in the way, producing thoughts and feelings that held them back from living life fully.
And, surprisingly she noticed how easy it was for women, especially, to fall into these "mind traps."
She knew that if only she could find a tool that could help women and men overcome stifling internal dialogues, she would be able to help them gain control over the thoughts and feelings sabotaging their daily lives, careers, and relationships.
In other words, a tool to help people live happier and more connected lives.
With Ariel’s keen understanding of complex neuroscience, she believed she could do just that…
But first she would have to find a way to harness the power of the brain’s 100 billion neurons that continuously receive, register, and respond to thoughts and impulses.
Muse Is Like Training Wheels for Your Meditation Practice
In 2014, InteraXon launched their first product: Muse – The Brain Sensing Headband.
An incredible advancement in brain-building technology, here’s how Muse works:
The Muse headband slips easily over your forehead and wraps behind your ears. In place, it “reads” your brainwaves from outside your head through sensors that lightly touch your forehead and ears.
Using mobiles devices (iOS or Android), it transmits your brain activity wirelessly from the headband to your device via low power Bluetooth. Muse is compatible with a wide range of Apple and Android devices (see the Q&A section at the bottom of this page for a full list).
The app uses a variety of clever audio feedback cues to let you know when your brain is calm and focused and when it’s active and wandering.
When you’re calm, you’ll hear sounds of peaceful weather. When Muse senses your mind wandering, you’ll hear the weather sounds becoming stronger and stormier. This instant feedback allows you to effortlessly teach your mind how to calm and settle itself.
After your session, you can review your results on your device, see your real-time brain activity, set personal goals, track your progress, and build the habit is as little as 3 minutes a day.
Your sessions can last one minute or an hour. It’s your choice.
With Muse, your brain’s ability to achieve calm, focus your attention, and manage your emotional state and negative thoughts improves, even when you’re not meditating!
It’s no different than developing and strengthening any other muscle in your body… And once you shed the training wheels, you’re on your way!
How Do YOU Relax Best? Choose Your Favorite Soundscape, Close Your Eyes, and Escape to Mindfulness...
With Muse, there are five** different soundscapes so you can choose the one you resonate with best:
- Beach - The soothing sounds of seabirds and peaceful waves lapping on the shore
- Rainforest – The tropical ambience of jungle sounds, including chirping birds and tree frogs (this is my favorite)
- Desert – The feeling of vastness with the sound of wind and swirling sand
- Ambient Music – The techno sounds of synthesized drones and electronic birds
- City Park – The sounds of Central Park in New York
**Note that the Android application has two soundscapes (Beach and Rainforest).
As you begin your session, you’re welcomed into a natural environment where the weather reflects what's happening in your brain right now.
For example, with the Beach soundscape, you’ll first listen to peaceful waves lapping on the shore and birds singing while you are focused.
As your mind begins to wander (as it will do naturally), the birds will fly away and you'll hear the weather change. This change captures your attention and reminds you to bring your attention back to the moment.
As you learn to keep the winds calm and the birds singing, you are learning to keep your mind calm. With Muse, you can track your results and set personal goals to help keep you on track and to stay challenged.
Much Like a Clever Game, Muse Keeps You Engaged and
Motivated to Go to the Next Level
As you use Muse, you’ll discover that it’s much like a clever game. With each session, you receive points as you perfect your ability to stay focused.
It’s only normal to want to keep going and accumulate points. And as a result, your meditation skills improve.
With Muse’s personalized tracking, motivational challenges and rewards, it’s easy to learn how to meditate – or to take your current practice to the next level.
Muse adds color and variety to any meditative practice, new or old!
Challenging myself is one of my favorite things about Muse. Each time you use it, the app “calibrates” your current mental state and coaxes you to do more with your brain with customized exercises.
At the same time, it’s important to know that Muse does not provide any medical information. Rather it’s a game that simply uses points and real-time biofeedback to help you improve your meditation.
It’s almost like sending your brain to the gym… Muse exercises your brain much like how regular exercise provides a workout for your body every time you do it.
Muse has worked for me and has helped take my ability to meditate to a whole new level. So far I have over 15,000 minutes of meditating in a calm state and have accumulated more than 2 million points and 75,000 “birds” in rewards!
I found turning meditating into a game very motivating to continue with the habit.
Let Muse Lull You Into a Restful Night’s Sleep
Studies show that mindfulness and meditation, by helping to manage stress, may help people enjoy a restful night of sleep.
In one recent study of middle-aged and older adults, one of the groups completed a mindfulness awareness program that taught them how to meditate and focus on “moment-by-moment experiences, thoughts, and emotions."
The other group in the study completed a sleep education class that taught them ways to improve their sleep habits.
Compared to the sleep education group, those in the mindfulness group experienced more restful sleep and less fatigue at the end of six sessions.
Many people report increased calm and restful sleep after meditating with Muse. Used right before bedtime, it could be an ideal tool to help you enjoy a restful night’s sleep.
The New and Improved Muse: Now With 90 Percent Fewer EMFs
I first started using Muse over two years ago. Back then it connected to the mobile device by regular Bluetooth. I had it tested by some researchers and knew that the EMF levels were too high to recommend it to you.
So I contacted the company and convinced them to produce a headband using low power Bluetooth. The company responded.
With the newest generation of Muse, I’m excited to report that InteraXon has achieved that goal with 90 percent fewer pulses, thanks to lower power Bluetooth connectivity.
Once I received the new and improved model, I conducted our own independent third-party testing, comparing the original Muse (Figure 1) to the new Low Energy (LE) Bluetooth Muse (Figure 2). You can see the results below in the two graphs.
Bluetooth LE emissions were measured using a dosimeter, placed on both the subject’s head and arm to confirm that peak WiFi signals were below 0.1 mW/m2. An Agilent Spectrum Analyzer was also used for Peak Detection.
Figure 1: The Original Muse
Figure 2: Our newly developed Low Energy (LE) Bluetooth Muse
You can see the dramatic reduction in EMF energy on the new and improved Low Power Bluetooth Model in the second graphic.
During testing, peak levels of EMF stress were found to be consistently below 0.1 mW/m2, exposure levels recommended by the conservative Bioinitiative guidelines. Plus, RMS (root mean square) levels were extremely low with little thermal impact.
What else does this independent testing mean for your safety?
- It’s important to set up your Muse headband’s initial Bluetooth communications with target display device before wearing it.
- Keep your wireless devices two to three feet away from the Muse headset and your body to minimize exposure.
- Short periods of use should have minimal impact on your health.
Keep in mind, Muse is not a game you play continuously. Muse is a training device that’s used only for short periods of time.
Now with these new, drastically reduced EMF levels, I believe its benefits far outweigh any potential risks. However, if you are highly sensitive to EMFs you might want to avoid using Muse.
New to Meditation?
Your Muse Comes Preloaded With a 10-Session Intro Course
Even if you’ve meditated before, you’ll appreciate the 10 step-by-step guided exercise sessions – built directly into the app.
In this training series, you’ll discover how Muse’s real-time audio feedback assists you in learning to meditate and how to find the practice that works best for you.
The sessions cover different meditation techniques and exercises to help you build a consistent practice, as revealed by accomplished meditation teachers:
- Intro to Muse
How Muse works and the power of real-time feedback.
- Training a Puppy
You won’t really be training a puppy, but you will uncover secrets on how to make your practice free of internal criticism for long-term enjoyment.
- Sensation of Breath
You’ll learn how to follow your sensation of breath during your practice.
- Counting Breaths
An optional exercise to help stay focused.
- Sitting Comfortably
How to make your posture during meditation a positive and not a distraction.
- Finding Your Perfect Soundscape
Learn about the different soundscapes and how to benefit from the sound feedback.
- Dealing with Distractions
How to deal with distractions and not let them interrupt your practice.
- Working with Discomfort
Using discomfort as an opportunity to train yourself to respond instead of react.
- Lowering the Bar
Letting go of results and enjoying the session when that’s what’s needed most.
- Bridging to Daily Life
What can you expect long-term when you regularly meditate with Muse? How do you apply it to your everyday life?
Already experienced at meditation? Muse has much to offer you, too, with its goal setting and real-time gaming feedback, both during meditation and in your everyday life.
Are You Ready for a Calm, Chatter-Free Mind? Let Muse Show You the Way...
I think you can appreciate by now that there is real meditation science behind Muse.
Each exercise Muse leads you through is based on scientific techniques proven to promote relaxation, manage stress, and promote focus and concentration.
Muse is the only personal meditation assistant that provides accurate, real-time feedback on what’s happening in your brain while you meditate. With its guided meditation exercises, Muse walks you step by step through the process, unlike other meditation apps on the market today.
If you’ve ever wanted to start – and maintain – a regular and rewarding meditation practice, this may be your ticket. And it’s a very affordable one, both in time and investment.
After all, who doesn’t have 3 minutes a day to start developing – or improve upon – an effective meditation practice?
When you’re calm and centered, you have choices in life. Instead of life controlling you, you get to choose where to focus your attention. You get to manage your mind, thoughts, emotions, and response to your world. The ability to do all these things, in my opinion, is priceless!
Order Muse today and start living the in-control life you are meant to live.
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