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Musings on neuroscience, meditation and Muse.

November 12, 2020

Can Meditation Help Breast Cancer Patients Cope With Stress?

Many of us have been either touched by someone in our lives who has been diagnosed with breast cancer or have been affected by the disease firsthand. The National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) says that one in eight women will be diagnosed and that the disease ranks as the second most common type of cancer … Continued

November 3, 2020

How to Build Resilience During the 2020 Presidential Election

It seems that almost everywhere we turn right now—social media, the news, our friends and family—there’s a heated conversation happening around politics. And with the 2020 election being perhaps one of the most heated and contentious elections to date, it’s understandable. But it gets to be problematic when one political tweet or an ill-timed political … Continued

The Science of Dreaming: What Happens In The Brain When We Dream

Why Do We Dream? Dreaming and the meaning of dreams have been hot topics for centuries.  Ancient civilizations believed that dreams contained prophecies and connected humans to the messages of the gods (6).  In the late 1800s, Sigmund Freud popularized the theory that dreams represented repressed desires (6).  Even some modern psychologists believe that there … Continued

October 28, 2020

Introducing our All-New Biofeedback Meditation Soundscapes!

Introducing our All-New Biofeedback Meditation Soundscapes!  The all-new Muse Soundscapes are now available on the Muse app! To access these new soundscapes, simply update your Muse app and download each new soundscape on your iOS or Android device. Our community of Musers has been patiently waiting for the newest collection of soundscapes, and we’re excited … Continued

October 12, 2020

5 Activities Science Shows Help You Keep Calm and Composed

With the events happening around the world right now—from illness to job insecurity—it’s no surprise that stress and anxiety are on the rise. In fact, anxiety-related disorders are the most common mental health disorder in the US, affecting some 40 million adults every year (1). And while we know that mindful practices like yoga, meditation, … Continued

October 2, 2020

The Vagus Nerve: What It Is and How It Can Help You Tap Into Your Calm

You’ve probably heard the vagus nerve mentioned at some point, but perhaps never understood what it is and why it’s important. When it comes to what’s happening inside the body, it can feel difficult to wrap our heads around all these parts and processes we can’t see. So we’re going to pull back the curtain … Continued

Neuroscience Tips for How To Calm Down Under Pressure

Imagine you’re giving a presentation to a large group of colleagues and you suddenly draw a blank and forget what to say next. Or you’ve accidentally just hit ‘reply all’ and sent an embarrassing email to everyone. Your heart begins racing, your palms start sweating, and panic sets in. While these moments can feel overwhelming, … Continued

September 14, 2020

Zen Kōans: Learning to Live with Ambiguity and Paradox

How do we explain the unexplainable? It’s a question that’s existed since time immemorial and given rise to legends, myths, and religious practices around the globe. A group of Chinese priests back in the 13th century decided to take this question a step further. They essentially asked: What if we didn’t need an explanation for … Continued

September 4, 2020

What We Can Learn From the Most Prolific Zen Masters?

Today, we often hear the term Zen master used when referring to someone who manages to keep their cool in stressful situations. Historically, however, the term has served as a catch-all for various titles across Zen traditions—including seike, roshi, sensei, osho. It’s an honorable title reserved for those who’ve essentially made a life commitment to … Continued

August 27, 2020

Zen Meditation 101: The History and Principles of Zen

When you hear the word “zen,” what comes to mind?  You’ll likely think of words like peaceful, serene, meditation, and calm.  For others, they might picture a nature scene, garden, or even someone meditating.  But where does “Zen” come from? Zen 101: A Brief History of Zen Although “Zen” is the Japanese word for “meditation,” … Continued