At the end of every meditation with Muse, you get a chance to reflect on the brain data your headband detected during the session. Muse’s session report lets you see how you were shifting between three different states:
- Active: This is time spent with a wandering mind. Your attention was fluctuating.
- Neutral: This is your natural resting state. You attention isn’t fluctuating, but you aren’t deeply focused either.
- Calm: A deep restful focus on your breath. These are moments when you’re truly concentrated on your breath.
So in this session, you can see that I was moving back and forth between a resting state and deeper focus on my breath. That matches how I felt during the session. I was trying to focus on my breath but whenever I lost focus, Muse’s audio feedback was guiding me back to my breath, so I never ended up totally lost in thought. Pretty typical.
Here’s how to read my session report in more detail:
- The percentages for calm, neutral and active represent the proportion of time spent in each state during the session. Note that Muse is tailored to focused attention on breath. Other meditations may lead to unexpected results.
- Muse measures your brain’s natural electric field from outside your head while you meditate. This graph presents these data in a way that helps you reflect on how you were changing state over time. You can see when your mind was in each region: active, neutral, or calm.
- You receive 1 calm point for every second that your brain is in a natural state of rest (neutral), and 3 calm points for every second spent with deep restful focus on your breath (calm). You don’t receive any calm points for time spent active, but an active mind is an opportunity to notice your wandering mind and bring your attention back, earning yourself a recovery.
- Recoveries celebrate the moment when you move from active (wandering mind / fluctuating attention) to neutral (a natural state of rest). If you look at my graph, you can see a lot of peaks, but there are two in particular (around 0:05 and 1:00) where I went into the active region then recovered back into neutral. Those recoveries are key to building the skill of focused attention and integrating the benefits of meditation into your daily life.
- When you find a deep, restful focus on your breath for an extended period of time, you may hear birds singing quietly. Over time, you’ll learn to use the birds as a cue to settle even more deeply into focused attention.
- Session awards celebrate and recognize certain qualities of your session. You can earn awards for high calm %, long session lengths, lots of points/birds, and more. Tap on your awards to learn more about why you’ve received them.
No matter how your session results look, what’s important is that you spend time meditating. Try not to get into a pattern of judging your performance harshly or becoming self-critical.
Meditation with Muse is all about being curious about your experience. Simply use the data to help you reflect on your meditation and motivate yourself to commit to a daily practice. Happy Musing!