Two years ago, I was a total meditation devotee. I got in my ten minutes of quiet reflection every morning, no matter what. But then I got lazy. Facing busier days that started earlier and ended later, hitting the snooze button for ten extra minutes of sleep was way more tempting than sitting cross-legged while a soothing voice told me to breathe in and out. Soon, I was hardly meditating at all.
There’s just one problem: I missed the benefits of meditation. I became a lot more anxious and could become irritable or moody in a snap. So when I heard about Muse 2, a brain-sensing meditation headband, I was cautiously optimistic. I figured that, if nothing else, testing it out for a week would encourage (read: force) me to meditate without excuses.
I’ll admit, putting on a brain-sensing headband sounds like a pretty strange sci-fi experience.
The headband is equipped with seven sensors that are used to detect your brain’s electrical activity, which Muse then converts into easy-to-understand stats. According to the brand’s website, “Muse is an EEG [electroencephalography] device widely used by neuroscientists around the world.”