Level 3, Days 9-10: Falling Off and Having Trouble

Hey BrainEv blog readers! I kinda fell off track with my BrainEv practice over the last week and a half or so, and I honestly lost track of days numbers too, so I’m gonna say that Sunday and yesterday were days 9 and 10.

Maybe it’s just because I haven’t been practicing often enough, but I ran into some difficulty, at least yesterday. After a pretty good start to the session, I was interrupted for a moment by my new roommate something like 15 or 20 minutes in, and after that I could not regain the deep state of mind I was in. I felt plenty relaxed, and didn’t have the best perception of time, but I was pretty alert/functioning. I wonder if this has to do with the beta brainwaves in Level 3.

Another interesting thing I’ve noticed- often times somewhere in the first 5-10 minutes of a practice session with Level 3, my mind will be wandering/visualizing and suddenly something will come up (not sure if it’s thoughts that trigger this or just something random physically) and I’ll make a very sudden motion- like I’ll suddenly shoot my arm out or kick my leg or shift positions jerkily. Not sure what it is, but I’ve noticed it a couple times now 😛

I’ll get back on board with BrainEv over the coming weeks and make a vow to be consistent with my practice, in order to see the best results possible and report things to you guys as accurately as possible.

Level 2, Days 23-24: Revisiting the Blog

Hey all!

Just wanted to check in and say that I have been moving forward and doing my Level 2 practice, but lately it’s been tough to get myself to blog, and I have to say, I think that may be because I’m simply running out of things to say! At least half of my practice sessions at this point are nothing special, it feels like I’ve plateaued a bit.

Obviously there are instances where something interesting or of note happens, but some days it’s a struggle to write even two paragraphs about my practice without feeling like I’ve “said it all before”.

So I think what I’m going to do is refocus this blog to only make posts about the interesting practice sessions, and my reflections. I’m committing to post at least twice a week (if none of my practices are super interesting, I’ll pick the best one and write about it). Otherwise, I think I’m going to stop posting about every single session.

Let’s try this method for at least the rest of Level 2 and all of Level 3, and then we’ll reassess and see how it goes!

Level 2, Day 14: Reflection 2.2

Wow! Been almost two weeks since I’ve blogged- sorry for the hiatus! I really need to get back on track with my BrainEv practice, and although I’ve done two sessions past when I should have paused for reflection, I figured I’d write my “weekly” reflection up here first, and then my blog posts will just jump forward to Day 17. 

As I look back over all of my Level 2 posts thus far, I’m noticing a couple different things:

  • There was a major improvement in the effects I experienced from Week 1 to Week 2
  • My best sessions come when I’ve been using BrainEv consistently and as close to daily as possible
  • When I’m having good BrainEv sessions, it greatly helps my emotional/mental states throughout the day

For the last week or two, I got super busy and stopped doing a lot of the daily habits that have helped me be successful, like my BrainEv practice. I’ve run into some challenging moments and less-than-ideal days lately, so I know that I need to make a renewed effort to practice BrainEv as close to daily as possible.

So, I’ll be moving forward keeping in mind that need for a renewed effort, and I’m also just excited to see what else Level 2 brings me. The last blog post I made had me unlocking new states of mind, which was very exciting, and seeing as Level 2 is still just “skill building” and “introductory”, I can’t imagine what Levels 3-7 can bring me!

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 1, Day 29: Bad Practice

For the first time ever, I couldn’t finish a practice session. I tried to do sleep training, but ended up laying in bed wide awake with my mind thinking a lot for about 16-20 minutes before I gave up and just ended my session early. It was rough, but at that point I wanted to just actually go to sleep.

NOT an encouraging practice session, so I hope that tomorrow will be better, seeing as it’s my last day of Level I!

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.