This meditation device changed my life by calming my anxiety and helping me sleep great — even when I travel


Muse meditation device

Of all the health tech gadgets I’ve ever owned, one of them has been life changing for me, a meditation device called Muse.
I’ve been using the new version, Muse 2, for a few months. It offers more types of meditation: mind, heartbeat, breath and stillness.
This device taught me how to go from anxious to relaxed and sleepy in less than 10 minutes.

I love health tech gadgets. But my infatuation typically fades when the novelty wears off (looking at you, Fitbit).

There’s one device I’ve been using for almost three years that has truly changed my life. And the company recently released a newer version with more features.

It’s called Muse. It’s a meditation sensing device. Muse uses audio feedback to guide you into a super calm, focused state. As you quiet your mind, the feedback — wind/weather sounds — grows quieter until you hear birds chirp.

The updated device, Muse 2, has added a bunch of new forms of meditation: body movement, heart rate sensing, breath sensing. Each one is better than the last.

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This device and its accompanying app has taught me how to become truly calm on command, teaching me to go from anxious to settled, still, calm, focused, relaxed and then to sleepy — often in less than 10 minutes and sometimes in less than 5.

I not only sleep better, I sleep better when traveling or in noisy conditions. I can also calm myself if I feel panicky which happens when I’m stressed or overtired.

I’ve been using Muse 2 for a couple of months and I’ve found a whole new level of mental peace.

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Muse gives you realtime feedback that teaches you to actually meditate, as opposed to trying to relax with your mind running in the background.

I had taken meditation classes before and thought I knew how to do it.

But the device showed me there’s a difference between sitting quietly thinking my mind was blank, and actually being relaxed and focused.

The feedback is realtime and audio.

You can choose from beach, rainforest, desert or city noises, whatever calms you. The feedback sounds like wind/weather.

When you mind gets more active, the wind gets louder, nudging you relax your body and clear your mind and focus on your breath.

When your mind is truly quiet, you hear birds. There’s a game element, too. You are awarded points for your meditation achievements.

Quieting my mind is easier said than done. Muse offers a series of lessons that helped.

There are introductory lessons on various forms of meditation: quieting the mind, breathing exercises, listening to your heartbeat, sitting in stillness.

You can also do a few meditation lessons from experts like Deepak Chopra, Dr. Joel and Michelle Levy.

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