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 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!

Level 1, Day 2: More sleep? Plus an interesting moment

Seems like for the majority of today’s 30 minutes with the Brain Evolution System, I fell asleep again.

I stretched, laid down on my bed, and began to watch my thoughts dissolve as they came up. After 2-3 minutes, there were a few moments where my mind was legitimately quiet, which was nice, and then within 5-6 minutes of starting the audio, I fell asleep.

A strange/cool thing happened though- I woke up for a few minutes somewhere in the middle of the audio, and felt as if I weren’t laying down in my bed at all. It felt like I was sitting up at my desk and just had my eyes closed, and it took me a minute to register that no, I was indeed laying down in bed. It was a cool sensation.

But yeah, otherwise, I had an alarm wake me up, so I didn’t really sleep past the audio.

My ideas for fixing my “falling asleep” problem are as follows:

  • just keep going
  • not practice in a darkened room (although the FAQs suggest it being dark)
  • practice at different times of day (maybe in the morning)

I’ll experiment with those soon and we’ll see how it goes. Until then, you can always join me- just grab the free mp3!