Level 2, Day 8: Easy Going

I honestly don’t have too much to report about this session- it was great. I put my headphones on, laid down, and was out a few minutes later.

If I fell asleep, then the brainwaves worked perfectly and I came out of my trance with exactly a minute left in the audio. However, I think I was actually just in a deep state of mind, because I do remember being aware that my roommate had come home somewhere in the middle of my practice.

This is awesome! I think I just had my first really successful session with Level 2, and it did indeed feel like an even deeper state of mind than Level 1. Like I said though, maybe I just fell asleep and I’m crazy hahaha. Tomorrow will tell!

 

Level 2, Day 7: Reflection 2.1

So when I initially looked back on my first 6 days of Level 2, I feel like I over-dramatized the challenge that Level 2 presents in adding extra background sounds to try and distract you. Literally, it’s just background sounds, and the brainwaves actually go much deeper than Level 1.

So for my reflection today, I went back and re-watched the Level 2 explanation/background video. I think it was a good reminder to just give things more time, and soon enough I’ll be relaxing at deep levels.

There were also some pieces of info that I had totally forgotten about, like the fact that Level 2 often induces vivid imagery/thoughts as the subconscious and conscious minds make contact and transfer information (caused by the deep levels of brainwaves in Level 2). I’m going to keep an eye out for that- the advice was to not try to direct this, but just to observe it and watch it dissipate.

Overall, I’m walking into week 2 of this level with newfound encouragement, and a good curiosity about what I’ll experience when it comes to imagery, more vivid dreams, etc. See you tomorrow for another brainwave session!

Level 2, Day 6: From Stressed to Sleep

Today’s practice was kind of interesting, seeing as Level 2 has been posing problems for me in terms of being able to get mentally relaxed.

Shortly (~15 minutes) before I did my BrainEv practice, a situation popped up that made me very stressed- totally activated my “flight or fight” response and sent a surge of adrenaline pumping through me. So when I started the practice, my first priority was slowing down my breathing and getting physically relaxed.

And I got that under control within a few minutes, and mental relaxation came by the time I was about 10 minutes in. Then before I knew it, I was halfway through the audio and falling asleep! Guess I got a little too relaxed 😛

I did wake up a minute or two after the end of the audio, and then decided I’d stay and rest for another 10 minutes. Interesting practice 😛

Level 2, Day 5: My First AM Practice

For the first time ever, I did an AM practice session soon after I had woken up and showered. Since I was experiencing some trouble with intrusive thinking yesterday, I thought that maybe practicing before my brain had really kicked into high gear with the stress/challenges of the day would help me quiet down.

As I found last night, it was pretty easy to relax physically, but my mind did indeed present a pretty constant stream of thoughts again. There may have been a few lapses of mental quietude near the end, but for the most part it was hard to quiet my mind.

We’ll see if this just takes a few more days to overcome, but so far Level 2 is indeed challenging! It probably also has a lot to do with my current life situation, but this means that the level will be all the more beneficial for me, and I’m excited to see my progress at the end of a week.

Level 2, Day 4: Intrusive Thoughts

So I missed a few days of BrainEv as I just went through a pretty tough time in my life- a breakup 🙁

Although I’m feeling better and back on my feet again, that doesn’t mean that I don’t still think about it plenty every day, and I found that those intrusive thoughts + the increased difficulty of mental relaxation in Level 2 made today’s practice a challenge.

Although I think there may have been brief moments where I was mentally relaxed during the last 10 minutes of the practice, my mind was switched “on” and thoughts were flowing for almost the entire duration.

I’m glad that I didn’t fall into the trap of “efforting” my mind to remain quiet- I did stay as relaxed as possible, and was physically relaxed as well. But between the audio making it more challenging to mentally “go under” (as is the purpose of Level 2), and my thoughts proving more of a roadblock than usual, today’s practice was iffy and tough.

I’m interested to see how long this continues on for, if at all, hopefully not too long! If nothing else, I’m getting a lot out of Level 2’s challenges!

Level 2, Day 2: Sleep practice a bad idea?

I think I’m going to try and avoid sleeptime practice for as much of Level 2 as possible. Of course, sometimes it’ll be impossible to avoid (as it was yesterday). In those cases, it’s better to get my practice in than to not, but because of the unique goals of Level 2 that I wrote about in my last post, sleep practice won’t be nearly as beneficial (unlike Level 1).

That being said, last night I did do sleeptime practice, and it went just fine. I put on the audio and fell asleep after about 5 minutes. I must not have come out of it, because I never remember taking out my headphones before just straight up falling asleep. I also woke up VERY tired this morning, so maybe that’s connected somehow- either I was super tired going into it, or the brainwaves somehow messed up my sleep, who knows.

At any rate, I’ll be sure to do a regular practice for Day 3 and keep it that way moving forward. Onwards with Level 2!

Level 2, Day 1: A Clumsy Jump In!

That’s the support/preparation/explanation for Level 2. If you’re going through this journey with me, I’d recommend you watch that before jumping into Level 2- I wish I did! (and if you aren’t doing this, then what are you waiting for?! You get a free mp3 to start!)

I think the philosophy behind BrainEv is super cool- rather then make a product that you need to rely upon to relax and enter deep states of mind, they’re actually trying to train you to build these skills on your own WITHOUT needing the program! Although Level 2 is still “introductory” and “skill building”, it’s pretty different from Level 1. And it’s even explained that this level may at first seem less pleasant.

That’s because there’s new challenges introduced- ambient sound (louder and sometimes cacophonous church chimes) are added to the audio, and the brainwave entrainment part of the audio is no longer the overbearing all-encompassing focus, it’s now a little less pronounced. This is so that you can better build up your ability to relax in the face of stressful situations.

And this did indeed effect me at first! Because of the chimes, it took me a while to really relax. Maybe 15 minutes, much longer than the 5min Level 1 used to take me. Now, if that had just been the session, I’d consider it a pretty decent day 1. However, I made one major blunder…

I forgot that I had had my iPod on “repeat song” earlier that day, and the audio ended up repeating itself! I guess I fell asleep somewhere late into the audio, and because the sounds just continued and looped, I never noticed and woke back up, I just kept sleeping! So I actually listened to the audio twice through, but really only the first time was beneficial.

Anyways, tomorrow I’ll make sure that feature is off, and I’ll report back and let you know how it goes! Brave new territory here, this is already as exciting as I’d hoped!