Personalizing your Muse Soundscape

With the introduction of our latest City Park soundscape we thought that the time is right to reflect on the various sound cues that emerge during a Muse experience. Muse’s soundscapes provide you with real-time audio feedback on the state of your brain to help guide your meditation practice. Our relationship to specific sounds can influence how we feel during a session. This is why Muse has different soundscapes for you to choose from. Try doing a few sessions in each soundscape to find one that works for you.

Beach, Rainforest, City Park, Ambient Music, Desert
Immerse yourself within various soundscapes

You can select from five unique soundscape experiences:  Beach, Rainforest, City Park, Ambient Music and Desert (Rainforest coming very soon to Android.  The rest to follow in later versions.)

Once you find your favourite soundscape, it can help a lot to put some effort into personalizing it. Tap the volume icon at the top-right of the screen during your sessions. Each soundscape is made up of three different types of sounds:

Weather feedback: changes in real-time based on the current state of your brain. You’ll want to find a soundscape and volume setting where this sound supports your practice by helping you notice when your mind has wandered without interrupting you when you’re focused. Note that the beach, rainforest, and desert stay true to the “weather” metaphor for the mind, but other soundscapes offer more abstract experiences.

Background: this is a static, continuous sound that plays throughout your session. It can be useful to mask background noise in your environment and help make the soundscape feel more uniform. Sometimes reaching a calm state leaves a noticeable silence in the audio feedback which serves as its own distraction. Turning up the background sounds can help mask this effect.

Birds: when you establish a deep, restful focus on your breath for an extended period of time, you’ll start to hear birds singing. At first, they might feel like a distraction.  Don’t worry, this is part of the process! Over time, you’ll learn to use the birds as a cue to settle even more deeply into focused attention.  If they’re too distracting, try turning their volume down a bit.

It can help to dedicate a session entirely to the task of tweaking your soundscape until you find your sweet spot. If the birds are too loud for you, try bringing their volume down a touch. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, tweak the feedback volume and find your sweet spot.

Go ahead and try a new soundscape today and let us know what you think.

We are grateful for every single one of you.

Its our 10th day of ’10 Days of Holiday Gratitude’ today and we’d like to end our series by proclaiming that we are grateful for every person who has ever shown an interest in what we do. We strive, on a daily basis, to find ways of bringing mindfulness, meditation and a healthy mind to the forefront of people’s thoughts. As a token of our gratitude we’d like to offer everyone 10% off anything in our store starting from now through December 26.  Simply use the code ‘gratitude2016‘ during checkout and you’ll see the price adjust.  As we move into 2016 lets be more aware of all the wonderful things in our lives and celebrate them throughout the years to come.
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Insomnia: Meditation can help you sleep better
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Tee up with Muse for Father’s Day (plus: contest news alert)

Father’s Day is fast approaching. This year, equip dad with the perfect gift to indulge the golfer in him: Muse, the brain sensing headband.

By helping to improve mental focus and concentration, Muse is a sort of “secret weapon” that’ll help dad get his golf game to where he wants it to be. The best part? The positive effects stretch beyond the green, building focus on the fairway as well as on the job. Muse is a wonderful tool that those who have the interest can use to build and maintain a rewarding meditation practice. Learn more about how meditation can help dad improve his game by signing up for the Muse Golf Program

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