Meditation and Muse!
What is Muse?
Instead of trying to explain what it is, I decided to pull an explanation from Muse’s website:
Muse is the first tool in the world that can give you accurate, real-time feedback on what’s happening in your brain while you meditate. It provides motivational challenges and rewards to encourage you to build a regular practice.
How I’ve used it?
I first heard about Muse from Joe Sanok’s podcast, Practice of the Practice. I was immediately sold. Once it arrived in the mail, I opened it right away. I’ve used it on myself, my clients, my friends, therapists in the office, and my family. If Lumiere, my dog, would have let me I would have tried it on him. My first mistake was using it at work. My first session clocked 2% calm.
I had each person complete a session and then guess what their level of calm was. Most people are not very accurate in their guesses. My favorite is when people guess 80% calm and they are closer to 30%. I’ve observed that people think being in a neutral state is the same as being calm. That’s been a big topic of conversation around the usage of Muse, the difference between calm, neutral and active. Some people thought they would not be able to be calm at all and were pleasantly surprised. It’s been fun to watch couples try it and engage in friendly competition around who gets the highest score (we are still working on the purpose of mindfulness but who doesn’t love a little healthy competition). I’m in my second week of using Muse and some of my clients asked to use it during their next session. It will be interesting to compare data over a series of sessions.
What I think of it?
I love Muse. It’s adding value to my practice as a therapist and its adding value to my life as a person. Personally, I’ve used Muse several times since getting it. Professionally, I’ve used it with clients who were interested in trying it and a good clinical fit for it. Luckily, I work with depressed and anxious clients and teaching meditation and mindfulness is already a part of my practice.
What I will do with it?
Incorporating Muse into my therapy practice is already happening. I plan to continue to incorporate it into my practice. I’m also considering buying a package set and doing group meditations with them. The therapists in my office will also start to use Muse with their clients. We are hoping that Muse continues to add more value to our therapy services.
How you can try it?
If you’re reading this and interested in trying Muse, there are two ways you can try it. 1. Book a session with any therapist at my office by calling 954-378-5381 ext 1. Usage of Muse is incorporated, for free, into your therapy services. 2. Contact me directly to schedule a time to come in and try Muse. Email me for a Muse session at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Amanda Patterson, LMHC, CAP decided to become a therapist while attending Nova Southeastern University. She saw the need to help people achieve the life they wanted to live, while creating a life of her own. She completed her master’s in Mental Health Counseling and started a career in the juvenile justice arena. Since then, she has started a private practice in Pembroke Pines, Florida, specializing in depression, anxiety relationship issues, and substance abuse. Amanda is a believer in holistic treatment and she practices veganism, meditation and yoga in her life. Find out more about her practice here. For a free 15-minute consultation, call or text Amanda at 954-258-8845 or email her at email@example.com.