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Being “Relaxed” Versus Being “Calm” (They Are Different!)

Here’s our next post from Paul Dewland, seasoned pro-golf Coach  from Core Golf Academy! Today he’s looking at the difference between  being ‘calm’ and being ‘relaxed” and how to make both states work for you.



I often hear people use the words “relaxed” and “calm” interchangeably, but there is an important difference between them. Knowing this difference is very useful in golf, work and life in general.
Relaxation is an important state, where a person has minimal expenditure of physical, mental and emotional energy. This allows our remaining energy to be used for restoration, much like sleeping at night to recover from the day’s work only – which also prepares us for the next one. During this state, our attention may drift, much like a creative daydream but it may also be under our control doing something simple and enjoyable. This is ideal for recovery and restoration, but not optimal for performance.

It is useful to know that tension is the opposite of relaxation. Tension is an excessive expenditure of mental and emotional energy that literally tenses our body. It’s similar to driving down the road in your car with the brakes on – massive energy use, minimal return on that investment.  Our attention is typically out of our control – scattered, random and we are often processing several tasks and/or thoughts at the same time. We are also typically placing our attention on things that we do not directly control.

Calm is a working state, from which good performance can happen. In this state we have optimal and efficient expenditure of mental, emotional and physical energy – not too high, and not too low for the task at hand. Here our attention is mainly placed on our present-moment activity, we are focused on the things that we have direct control over, and have minimal attention given to the past or future.

When we can control our attention, we basically control our life. This plays a significant role in determining the emotional states we experience, our productivity and our stability. When our attention is in our control, we can choose to deliberately engage in either Relaxation or Calm wherever appropriate – and maybe more importantly, to avoid tension.

Herein lies a significant benefit of meditation and Muse: it is the key means to develop this important skill of controlling our attention, and Muse accelerates this development over regular meditation. Those who “Choose Muse” and practice regularly strengthen their to choose the states they experience, and having this choice gives us confidence in just about any situation. I can’t think of a nicer way to play golf, work and live.

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Muse is coming to the UK. Brilliant!

Hi there,

We have some great news to share with you: we’re bringing Muse to the UK!

When we first launched Muse in July 2014, we opened up to worldwide orders so that mindful people around the world could begin experiencing the benefits of training their brain with Muse.  Future Musers everywhere placed orders and shared the feedback that you love Muse, but would like us to make it easier for you to “Choose Muse”. Read more

Before, During, and After Using Muse

We are frequently asked “What does Muse ‘do’?” and “what can I expect when using Muse?” Jay Vidyarthi, User Experience Lead for  Muse, explains what to expect before, during and after using Muse: the brain sensing headband with our Calm app.

This Valentine’s Day, We’re Giving the brain its rightful place in the spotlight; Share the Love & WIN

Valentine’s Day is a time when we think of sharing what’s in our heart with that special someone. But have you ever stopped to think about where all of those wonderfully mushy, feelings *really* come from?

We at Muse are giving the brain its rightful place in the Valentine’s Day spotlight. That’s right, “love” originates in the brain, not the heart – and we’ve got the infographic to prove it. Check it out to learn more about what’s going on in your *brain* when your heart is racing and your knees are going weak. Read more

The Evolution of Brain Sensing Technology

Dr Graeme Moffat (PhD Neuroscience, former editor, Frontiers in Neuroscience) draws from his work in neuroscience to explain the history of brain sensing technology and how Muse breaks barriers in size, cost, power, comfort, and software.

Muse staff share their tips for living happy and healthy

It’s a new year, and like so many others, the Muse staff have resolved to make choices that promote a sense of well-being – on the inside and out. We’re a conscious bunch who Muse to keep our brains fit, but also try to keep our bodies in tip top shape as well. We wanted to share some of our fitness tips that you can pair with Muse to create your own mind and body fitness routine.
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What If My Thoughts Won’t Stop Racing?

Occasionally, Musers tell us that they can’t stop their thoughts from racing. Michael Apollo is back to offer a few suggestions that might help settle your wandering mind.

3 Hack-tacular Muse Modifications

We’re back from CES! What an awesome experience. Thanks to everyone who came out to the booth – the response was AMAZING.

So, Muse has already reached thousands of people since its retail launch last July. (Pretty awesome, no? Yes!) And certain people are going beyond training their brain. Talented developers and hackers have taken a shine to creating their own apps, experiences, and products using our SDK. These early adopters have already released some creatively cool ideas and alternative ways to Muse.

So, without further ado, here is a sampling of 3 hack-tacular Muse modifications: Read more