While I don’t use this blog to post daily updates of my journey with the Brain Evolution System anymore (just to share advice and strategy posts like this one), a lot of interested readers still stumble upon this site and have questions for me about BrainEv, if it’s right for them, and how they can make the most out of their experience.
First off, to get the “is it right for me” question out of the way first- the best way to know is to try it for yourself! That’s why they offer a free mp3 version of Level I on their website, and I’d highly encourage you to start by downloading it, putting on some headphones, and blissing out for a little while. But besides that, here are a few questions that might help you know if making the purchase is right for you:
- Are you interested in trying out or regularly practicing meditation but don’t know where to start?
- Does trying to meditate feel frustrating to you? Do you have trouble quieting your mind?
- Would you rather practice mediation privately on your own time as opposed to going to a Transcendental Meditation or similar teacher to learn?
I mention those three specifically because they’re exactly what lead me to BrainEv, and I haven’t looked back since. It enabled me to start a regular meditation practice that felt effortless and fulfilling, and now that I’ve “graduated” the system (more than once over), I alternate between using it and exploring other practices of meditation.
But moving on- let’s talk about what to do once you have the program:
My 4 Best Tips to Optimize the Brain Evolution System
1. Prepare your environment
This is probably familiar advice if you’ve read books on meditation before- make sure you’re in a quiet place where you won’t be disturbed, and that you can take some time to focus inwardly and not be worried about what’s going on around you. Turn the phone off, shut the laptop, etc. etc.
I’d take that advice a step further.
With BrainEv, it’s good to experiment with your environment. Will you enjoy using it most in a lightened room, or a darkened room? Using a sleep mask?Sitting up or laying down? In your bedroom? Living room? Outside?
That being said- the traditional part of this tip about avoiding distractions is key too. If you read through my old journal, you’ll find a few instances where my roommate coming home or my neighbors blasting loud music interrupted my practice session.
2. Experiment with different times of day
Similarly in the spirit of experimentation, playing around with WHEN in the day you use BrainEv is important and can be massively beneficial. Do you practice first thing upon awakening? Or slip the headphones on while you’re still in bed and half-asleep? You could use it on your lunch break, after work, or when you’re back in bed falling asleep.
Maybe one time of day seems to make you fall asleep during the session and you feel like you’re missing the benefit (this could also just mean that sleep is what’s most beneficial for your body at that moment). Maybe other times of day leave you more refreshed than others, or provide the most stress-relief benefit.
Keeping a journal will help you analyze these shifts based on time of day and help you make informed decisions about when to practice. Even when you have found your preferences, still play around with it sometimes- you’ll get different benefits from practicing before falling asleep then you will early in the morning! Why not get the full range of effects the Brain Evolution System could bring?
3. Have a plan
Like Tip #1, this is also a multi-faceted one. There are three plans to have when crafting your BrainEv practice: scheduling your sessions out, a post-session plan, and an “early session” plan.
First, it’s important to think ahead and plot out time on your calendar to use the Brain Evolution System. If you just say to yourself “I’ll get to it when I get a chance today”, chances are you’ll never actually practice. Make sure to be deliberate and intentional when scheduling your practice time.
Secondly- and this isn’t something that the BrainEv authors have ever talked about, but I found it useful in my personal practice- pick a meditative technique with which to start your session. Especially in the early levels, while your brain is getting acclimated to the brainwaves, it can take a little while to reach that deep relaxing state. During that time, choose a technique to focus your attention on. That could be mentally repeating a mantra or affirmation, or just focusing on your breath in and out.
Finally, just in case you fall asleep during your session, it’s probably worth it to plan ahead and set an alarm for a few minutes after the audio ends, or put a calm and appropriate song on a playlist after your BrainEv audio.
4. Take it easy on yourself
Finally, take it easy on yourself. Especially for that first month or two (or three), you might sometimes feel like you aren’t “doing it right”. You’re having trouble quieting your mind, or keep falling asleep, or otherwise think that you’re somehow “failing” at the Brain Evolution System. (ha!)
Realize that this is an awfully silly fault- you’re learning to meditate, there is nothing to do right or do wrong. Everything you do, every practice session, is helpful in its own way and moving you forward. Getting frustrated is counterproductive. As long as you keep at it, there’s no chance of moving back. Which brings me to my last tip…
Bonus: Just keep at it! and TRUST THE SYSTEM.
No matter what, keep on practicing. Push forward. and TRUST THE SYSTEM. It’s worked for countless other people (myself included), and it will work for you too. You just have to put in the time and stay open.
Hope you guys found these 4 tips useful! Stay tuned for more of my thoughts and insight on the fantastic Brain Evolution System!
p.s. – here’s that link to the free mp3 download again: