Muse's soundscapes provide you with real-time audio feedback on the state of your brain to help guide your meditation practice.
Our relationship to specific sounds can influence how we feel during a session. This is why Muse has different soundscapes for you to choose from. Try doing a few sessions in each soundscape to find one that works for you.
You can also tap the volume icon during your sessions to personalize the soundscape. Each soundscape is made up of three different types of sounds:
- Weather feedback: changes in real-time based on the current state of your brain. You'll want to find a soundscape and volume setting where this sound supports your practice by helping you notice when your mind has wandered without interrupting you when you're focused. Note that the beach, rainforest, and desert stay true to the "weather" metaphor for the mind, but other soundscapes offer more abstract experiences.
- Background: this is a static, continuous sound that plays throughout your session. It can be useful to mask background noise in your environment and help make the soundscape feel more uniform. Sometimes reaching a calm state leaves a noticeable silence in the audio feedback which serves as its own distraction. Turning up the background sounds can help mask this effect.
- Birds: When you find a deep, restful focus on your breath for an extended period of time, you may hear birds singing quietly. Over time, you’ll learn to use the birds as a cue to settle even more deeply into focused attention.
You can skip the voice instructions and get right to your session by navigating to your exercise screen and tapping on "No Voice Guidance".
The voice will still introduce each part of the session with a short sentence to help you navigate the session without looking at the screen.
The volume on the Muse can also be adjusted when you start a session. You should see a small white speaker icon in the top right-hand corner. If you click on this, there will be options to adjust the volume of several different components of the application.
There are 4 different Volume settings:
Feedback – Real-time feedback on your brain signals
Birds – Birds land nearby when you’re calm for at least 5 seconds
Background – Static background sounds for each environment
Voice – Verbal instructions for calibration and exercises