Level 1, Day 15: Sleep Practice

Man! Life has gotten so busy since starting my full time job, and I almost missed BrainEv practice for like the 5th time today, so what did I do?

Following a suggestion I read on the BrainEv website, I just used the audio as I got in bed to fall asleep. Slightly different type of practice, but it’s still practice and I’m still progressing/benefiting.

What was interesting was that my level of consciousness followed the same pattern it usually does during Level I- I was awake for a few minutes at first, wasn’t consciously aware for the entire middle, and then came up again at the end. So I didn’t really fall asleep on the audio, as evidenced by my waking up, which was perfect for me to take my headphones out and fall right back asleep.

Otherwise nothing too interesting to report about this practice. I bet using BrainEv could be a great way to fall asleep for people who have trouble doing so- if that’s you, definitely download the free mp3 and try using that to fall asleep.

Level 1, Day 14: Reflection 1.2

Today was a reflection day, which means that instead of using the brainwave audio (free download here), I sit in silent mindfulness meditation for around 10 minutes, and then spend some time reflecting on how BrainEv is working for me, my progress, my goals with the program, etc.

It was an incredibly busy day, so I did my mindfulness meditation while on the subway, which proved to have both good and bad aspects- the 10 minutes passed by very quickly, but once or twice I had to open my eyes because I was starting to feel disoriented. It was also a bit noisy for my taste, but not unmanageable.

Overall, I’m pretty happy with my progress in BrainEv so far- I have to keep in mind that it’s just Level 1, just halfway through, but things do feel good in the here and now. I’d say at least every other session has been really great, so that’s encouraging. Also, the goals that I set for myself during my first reflection are becoming more and more important to me as I’ve started my first full-time job in sales.

So far, so good! Let’s keep on progressing- I can’t wait for Level 2.

Level 1, Day 13: Dreaming through a Thunderstorm

Had a very interesting practice session today..

There was a loud thunderstorm outside while I practiced, which created a pretty cool environment to meditate in (and it probably also helped me stay awake). I stayed awake the entire time, which was an improvement over the past few days, and reach deep states of mind in the middle too.

Throughout most of the time where I was more conscious, I had “dreams” (even though this isn’t REM sleep)- i guess “visualizations” would be a better word. I had vivid dreams last night while I slept too, so maybe some of that was carrying over. I let these stay without trying to either engage in them or let go- so I count that as a major success following Lazy Yogi’s advice to “not have a goal”, just to meditate as is.

The one thing that made my practice less than perfect was that I got distracted by my phone 2 or 3 times at the beginning/end and opened my eyes to check out what was going on. Tomorrow I’ll be sure to turn on “Do Not Disturb” before my session.

Overall though, a good day! Grab a free MP3 of the Brain Evolution system here if you’d like.

Level 1, Day 12: EXHAUSTION

Okay, maybe I shouldn’t have put that title up in all caps. I wasn’t THAT exhausted.

Today was my first day at my new job- I’m doing sales at a big startup in Boston- and when I got home, I was wiped. Not only was I tired, but I also had a pretty bad headache.

Perfect time to unwind and relax with BrainEv!

So I settled down, put on my headphones, and after spending a few minutes awake and relaxing, fell asleep for the duration of my practice and a bit afterwards as well (like 5-10min past the end of the audio). It may not have been an amazing practice in terms of Brain Evolution System (although remember, falling asleep doesn’t mean I’m getting nothing out of it!), but it was exactly what my body/mind needed today.

I think as I adjust to my new job and work schedule, and learn how to better maximize my energy throughout the day, I’ll continue to improve with BrainEv. So far, so good- really enjoying the program.

Level 1, Day 11: Much Better

Today’s practice was a lot smoother- didn’t fall asleep! It would appear that when my practice time or sleep schedule shifts, my body just needs 2 days to readjust and on the 3rd day I’ll get through the whole session at appropriate levels of consciousness.

Hard to believe that there are only 2 more days of practice with the audio this week and then i’ll be reflecting again- that marks almost HALFWAY done with Level 1: Transcendence.

Definitely really enjoying the program so far, and I’m even starting to notice some effects in my life in terms of cognitive functioning- I’ll talk more about that in the coming weeks 😉

Level 1, Day 10: Peaceful Sleep

Well, today my Brain Evolution System practice wasn’t interrupted by loud music downstairs (yay!), but I DID sleep through just about the whole thing.

I did get a little less sleep than usual last night, so that definitely could have something to do with it. I’m hoping it’s not just the time of day when I’m practicing though (a little after 6PM), because with a full-time work schedule coming up that will probably be my regular practice time for the next six months!

Bummer too, because I was REALLY looking forward to today’s session (although all-in-all I guess it still was enjoyable hahaha), and I remember having some very interesting visualizations before falling asleep. In hindsight, that was probably a signal that I WAS going to fall asleep (I have a thing where I start visualizing/thinking crazy things right before I actually fall asleep).

Anyways, tomorrow’s another day! Grab a free mp3 of the BrainEv system here.

Level 1, Day 9: 50%?

Had a pretty good Brain Evolution System session today, felt like I was in a deep state of mind, and then I checked the time and I was only 12 minutes in! Great first half.

Things weren’t as amazing the second half- I fell asleep and at the end realized that there was AGAIN loud music playing downstairs, so I have no idea if that affected my session at all. But, I can’t complain since I had a good first half.

Now I just need to keep pressing forward until my brain adapts more completely and I reach these deep states of mind for the entire duration without falling asleep. When things are working well though, it’s really enjoyable. I’m definitely starting to look forward to my daily sessions.

Level 1, Day 8: Interrupted! (or, the pains of living with others)

Back to actual brainwave practice today- was a GREAT session starting out (and near the end as well), but was interrupted halfway through by my dad blasting music from a floor below me. These are the pains of living with others.

Besides suddenly coming out of my deep state ~13 minutes in and taking a few minutes to settle back in (after cranking up the volume, of course), I had a fantastic session, probably my best yet- I let go of thoughts without getting frustrated, even though they frequently came up, and achieved deep levels of relaxation/mind without falling asleep.

Best session so far probably, interruption excepted. I look forward to tomorrow!

Level 1, Day 7: Reflection 1.1

Seeing as today marked the end of my first “week” with the Brain Evolution System, it was time to take an intentional day off from using the audio and instead spend my daily 30 minutes in self-reflection. I first reflected on my goals for using the program, then spent 10 minutes in silent meditation, and then sat down to write this blog post and some other personal writings on my progress so far.

Here are the goals I came up with for using the BrainEv system:

  • Begin and boost a lifelong love and daily practice of meditation
  • Decrease stress levels and increase “being in a ‘flow state’” in my everyday life
  • Enable and support positive rewiring and reprogramming of my brain
  • Reach and explore new, deeper states of mind
  • Increase/enhance cognitive functioning

These self-reflection days will be especially great if I use them to practice longer and longer periods of silent mindfulness meditation. Right now 10 minutes seems like a long time and I get frustrated with how pervasive my thoughts are, but after 6 months of practice I’m sure that I’ll get very good at it, plus I’ll have developed a habit where EVERY DAY I spend 30 minutes to myself in some sort of meditative state.

Otherwise, I think my biggest challenge moving forward will be staying consistent in my practice, which I have full faith that I can. It wasn’t an INCREDIBLE first week, but I feel encouraged, and think that plenty of amazing things lie ahead not just in the next week, or even Level 1, but in the entire program.

If you want to come join me on this journey, BrainEv offers a free MP3 of their program for you to try out! Grab it here.

Level 1, Day 6: A Busy Mind

Today I practiced in a slightly louder environment than usual (i’m on vacation with my family, so) and with the lights on, and I don’t think I was asleep much if at all- more of in a deep state of relaxation. Even though I felt very relaxed, my mind was very busy and chattery today, and rather than fight it I just kinda let it run it’s course. Interesting idea, when brainwave practice picks up again on Day 8 i’ll work more again on letting my thoughts go. As Lazy Yogi reminded me via Tumblr recently- don’t get fixated on/attached to a “goal” during meditation, just let everything be and be patient/loving to myself. 

Tomorrow is my first day off for self-reflection, so I’ll write more here then!