This meditation device changed my life by calming my anxiety and helping me sleep great - even when I travel
- 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.Advertisement
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.Read: I went to the biggest tech show in the world after not going for the past 7 years - and the tech I saw was shockingly old news
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.Advertisement
Muse gives you realtime feedback that teaches you to actually meditate, as opposed to trying to relax with your mind running in the background.
The feedback is realtime and audio.Advertisement
Quieting my mind is easier said than done. Muse offers a series of lessons that helped.
There are two versions of the device.Advertisement
The second device, Muse 2 costs $249.
Muse 2 can do more because it includes more sensors.Advertisement
One of my favorite new meditations was the body meditation.
Sitting perfectly still sounds hard but wasn't.Advertisement
I also really liked the heart meditation.
This was, however, the sensor I had the most trouble with. The device holds a charge for a week or more, but this sensor didn't want to work if the device wasn't nearly fully charged.Advertisement
Still, I found the heart meditation the easiest to master as this chart shows.
Breath meditation was the last one I tried.Advertisement
Breath meditation relies on both the motion sensor and the heartbeat sensor. It took five tries, adjusting the device each time, before the device could detect both sensors.
However, once I started practicing breath, I found it to be both relaxing and energizing.Advertisement
Muse tracks your meditation performance. And this is its secret sauce.
If the device is out of juice, you can also use the app on its own.Advertisement
Is Muse 2 worth $250 compared to $150 for Muse original? Yes.
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