In your session data after a meditation, the times for calm, neutral and active represent the proportion of time spent in each state during the session.
Muse measures your brain’s natural electric field from outside your head while you meditate. At the end of your session, you are presented with a graph that presents these data in a way that helps you reflect on that session. The graph divides your session into three regions:
- Active: This is time spent with a wandering mind. Your attention was fluctuating. Whenever you notice your active mind and bring your attention back to the breath, you are awarded with a recovery.
- Neutral: This is your natural resting state. Your attention isn't fluctuating, but you aren't deeply focused either.
- Calm: A deep restful focus on your breath. These are moments when you're truly concentrated on your breath. If you're calm for long enough, you'll hear birds.
Birds: When you find a deep, restful focus on your breath for an extended period of time, you'll start to hear birds singing. Don't worry, this is part of the process! Over time, you'll learn to use the birds as a cue to settle even more deeply into focused attention.
Recoveries : Whenever you notice your mind wandering and bring your attention back, you are awarded with a recovery. Recoveries celebrate the moment when your mind traverses from active (wandering mind / fluctuating attention) to neutral (a natural state of rest). These are key to building the skill of focused attention and integrating the benefits of meditation into your daily life. Tap into your graph to see the exact moments where you recovered your attention highlighted in orange.
Calm Points are awarded for time spent meditating with a restful, focused mind. You receive 1 point for every second that your brain is in a natural state of rest (neutral), and 3 points for every second spent with deep restful focus on your breath (calm).
You don't receive any points for time spent active, but an active mind is very useful. When you hear the weather pick up and your mind is active, treat it as an opportunity to notice your wandering mind and bring your attention back.