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The Starter Guide: Welcome to Muse 2

December 20, 2019

Welcome to Muse! Here’s some important information on how to get the most out of your new Muse device. 

This guide will provide you with instructions on how to get the best fit with your Muse Device, how to navigate the app and the different experiences and how to interpret your post-session results.

Muse brainwaves

Fitting your Muse Device: 

Muse will guide you to a deeper understanding of yourself and your meditation practice through powerful real-time feedback. To make sure your sensors have good signal quality, it is important that your muse is fitted properly.

Original Muse and Muse 2

man wearing Muse

  1. Expand your Muse to its largest size and place the rubber ear sensors behind your ears.
  2. Adjust the headband to tighten it back up for a snug fit that feels comfortable.
  3. The headband should run across the middle of your forehead – not too high or too low.
  4. Ensure all sensors have good skin to sensor contact.
  5. Make sure that there is no hair between sensors and your skin, as this will prevent the Muse from getting a good signal.
  6. If you have long hair, we recommend tying it up.
  7. In time you’ll find the fit that’s right for you and this step will become second nature before you start a meditation session.
  8. As you go through the Muse App, you will see a fit video that recaps these same steps.

Navigating the Muse App: Primary Navigation 

Under Settings, you will find all your account details, privacy settings, volume settings, and notification settings. 

The Meditate icon will take you to all of the Meditation experiences including Mind, Heart, Body, Breath, Timed Meditation and Guided Meditations. 

The ‘Me’ section contains all of your Meditation history and tools to track your progress. 

 

 

 

How to Find Experiences 

navigate Muse app

Tap the Meditate Symbol on the bottom navigation to access all Muse Meditation experiences. Tap on the lotus icon to access all muse meditation experiences. Once in the Meditate section, you can either swipe or tap on the icons to explore the Muse experiences seen below:

Mindmind meditation

Heartheart meditation

Bodybody meditation icon

Breath

Timer

Guided

 

Guided Meditations

Within the Guided Mediation section you’ll find over 500+ Guided Meditations from our roster of renowned meditation instructors

Our courses and collections offer a series of meditations with specific themes, such as Happiness, Mindful Work or Changing Habits. If you’re new to Muse, try the ‘Starter Series’ to help build your meditation practice.

guided meditation muse app page

Personalize Your Sessions

Before starting a meditation, you’ll be able to personalize your meditation session. 

For the Mind, Heart, Body and Breath meditations you’ll be able to: 

  • Change the length of the meditation session
  • Choose from different exercises 

For the Mind and Timer Mode, you’ll be able to select different soundscapes.

1. Adjusting the length of your session: 

When you tap ‘Length’ you’ll be able to choose from 1 minute up to 3 hours of meditation time.

muse app guide

 

 2. Choosing a Soundscape
(For Mind and Timer Mode Sessions)

To choose a soundscape for your Mind and Timer Mode Sessions, tap on “soundscape” from the chosen experience screen.
Available soundscapes:

  • MindRainforest, Beach, Desert, City Park and Ambient Music. 
  • HeartHealing Drums
  • BodyWind Chimes 
  • BreathAmbient 4/6 Long Exhale

soundscape app navigation

 

3. Choosing a Meditation experience 

To choose an exercise, tap on “exercise” from the chosen meditation experience screen. There you’ll find more exercises for each meditation experience type.

change excersise

 

4. Adjusting the Volume Settings 

Muse uses a variety of different audio queues. From background sounds and birds to biofeedback sounds and alerts, the Muse App lets you adjust the volume levels of specific sounds you’ll hear during a Mind, Heart, Body or Breath meditation.

Find Session Volume Settings under the Settings Tab in the bottom navigation to customize your meditation sound settings. 

volume navigation

Everyone is different so experiment with each volume control to build a personalized experience that’s right for you. 

5. Your “Me” Dashboard

The ‘Me’ Screen allows you to track progress and see your all-time stats. 

This graph provides a quick view by day of how many meditation sessions you’ve completed and how many minutes you’ve spent in an ideal meditation state.

session report in Muse app

In this example, the Body Meditation session was just under 7 minutes and the ‘Relaxed time’ during this session (dark orange) was just under 3 minutes.  You can scroll the graph left to right to see your past sessions. 

1. To find post results for each Meditation type tap on each of the meditation icons at the top of the App. 

2. You can Track your streak (how many days in a row you’ve meditated) and your longest streak to date.

 

 

6. Your Meditation History

To see your meditation history, click on “Meditation History” under the meditations graph from the ‘Me’ screen. There you’ll see a list of past meditations by date. 

Click on any individual meditation to receive the same session results presented to you immediately after completing a session.

me section reprots

 

7. Tracking and Monitoring Progress

Within the ‘Me’ Section, below Meditation history, the Muse Meditation app provides you with a consolidated “all-time data” view to monitor and track your overall progress: 

minutes icon

Total Minutes: 

This provides you with an all-time number of minutes you’ve meditated.

diamond muse pointsMuse Points: You earn points for every meditation. The more points you’ve earned, the more time you’ve spent in meditation building moments of calm. 

birds muse app

Birds: You’ll earn birds during a session when you maintain a meditative state. Birds are measured uniquely within each experience:

 

Mind Meditation: You’ll earn birds when you’ve reached a deep, restful focus for longer than 5 seconds. 

Heart Meditation: When your heart rate drops to a new low during a heart meditation, or if you consistently maintain a low heart rate you will hear and earn birds. 

Breath meditation: You’ll earn birds for every 5 seconds you remain in high harmony with the audio guide.  

Body Meditation: When your body stays in the Relaxed for an extended period of time, you will earn birds.

body meditation

You’ll see birds on the post-session graph showing you exactly when you achieved a bird during the meditation. 

It’s important to remember that the excitement of hearing a bird often scare it off, but don’t worry – that’s all part of the process.  Over time, you’ll learn to use the birds as a cue to settle even more deeply into focused attention, without becoming too attached to their presence.

star in muse app

Recoveries:  You’ll earn recovery stars when you have recognized your mind has become distracted and you are able to quickly bring your attention and focus back to your meditation. 

Here’s how you’ll receive recovery stars for each type of meditation. 

  • Heart Meditation: when your heart rate goes from high to low compared to your usual rate you’ll earn a recovery star. 
  • Breath Meditation: when you regain harmony with the audio guide, you’ll earn a recovery star. 
  • Body Meditation: when you recover from an active state to a relaxed state of stillness you’ll receive a recovery star. 
  • Mind Meditation: when your mind returns to focus a calm state and the weather becomes quieter you’ll receive a recovery star. 

Think of Recoveries as a measure of your mindfulness muscle.  They help you track how many times you brought your focus and attention back to the meditation. You can take pride in your recoveries because they mean you are achieving progress by identifying when you need to settle your mind, body, breath, and heart during your meditation practice.

Signal Quality Check

signal check

-> Once you start a Mind, Heart, Body, Breath or Guided session, you will be required to complete a sensor check. 

-> To complete the sensor check, you will need to ensure you have strong signal quality.

->As your Muse is calibrating let your mind flow naturally while Muse listens to your brain signals. Muse uses this information to provide you with post-session reporting.  

This step is designed to prevent you from starting a session which will be unresponsive and inaccurate due to an improper headband fit and weak signal quality. 

Not getting a good signal? Here are some tips for troubleshooting: 

  • Adjust the headband around the ears and middle of the forehead.  After making a fit adjustment, relax for a moment afterward in stillness to give the signal time to settle. 
  • Relax your face, jaw and keep your eyes closed.
  • Wipe your skin with a damp cloth as oils on the skin can block the sensors.
  • Wipe the sensors with a damp cloth or a finger dipped in water. 

Calibration

sensor check

  • The results of a Muse session are dependent on calibration. This stage is important as it provides Muse with a picture of your active brain to compare against during the session.  
  • Your brain changes from moment to moment and the one-minute calibration process is a required step to make sure Muse will provide accurate and responsive feedback.
  • As your Muse is calibrating let your mind flow naturally while Muse listens to your brain signals and calibrates in order to provide you with post-session results.  ”Flow naturally” means let your mind just be. If it’s wandering let it wander, if it’s quiet, let it be quiet.  Don’t force any specific thoughts or mental states.

 

1. Sensor Check: Mind

sensor check

  • In the Muse Mind experience, before each session, Muse checks to see if your headband is turned on and if the sensors are getting a good signal. 
  • The black, green and purple sections of the circle represent the sensors located in the centre of the headband that sits against your forehead. 
  • The orange (left) and pink (right) sections correlate to the rubber sensors that sit behind the ears. 
  • Watch the coloured sensor indicators fill with colour on your screen as Muse confirms that the headband has strong signal quality.  When each section of the circle has filled fully with solid colour, you’ll see a checkmark and hear a low alert letting you know it’s completed. 

In the Muse Mind experience, before each session, Muse checks to see if your headband is turned on and if the sensors are getting a good signal.

 

2. Sensor Check: Breath

breath sensor check

  • When you start a Breath Meditation you will see the sensor check diagram to indicate whether you are receiving a good signal. 
  • Breath Meditations requires both the body and heart sensors in order to provide results. The red section of the circle represents the heart rate (PPG)  sensor located just to the right of centre in the headband, and the orange section represents the body motion sensors (accelerometer and gyroscope) within the device.
    Sit and take a deep breath while your Muse picks up each sensor signal. Once ‘good skin to sensor’ contact has been made, colour will begin to flow. When each section of the circle has filled fully with solid colour, meaning you have good signal quality, you’ll see a checkmark and hear a low alert letting you know it’s completed.

Want to learn more? 

Watch the Breath Sensor Check video to understand the complete sensor check process. 

3. Sensor Check: Heart

heart sensor check

  • When you start a Heart Meditation you will see the Heart Sensor check diagram with the Heart symbol 
  • The Heart meditation teaches you to connect to your heartbeat and improve your interoception skills using your breath. Explore how you can alter your heart rate with deeper, rhythmic breaths. 
  • As the sensor picks up your heart signal the circle will begin to fill in with red until it’s completely full and you hear a low alert letting you know it’s completed. 
  • For the heart experience, the red circle represents the PPG sensor in your Muse device, which monitors your heart rate.
  • When the circle has filled fully with solid colour, meaning you have good signal quality, you’ll see a checkmark and hear a low alert letting you know it’s completed.  

Want to learn more? 

Watch the Heart Sensor Check tutorial to understand the complete sensor check process. 

4. Sensor Check: Guided Meditation with headband

guided sensor check

  • You can listen to our Guided Meditations with or without the Muse headband. But wearing the Muse headband with any Guided Meditation provides in-depth reports to help guide you on your meditation journey. 
  • In the Guided Meditation with a Muse experience, we’ve come up with a way to give you more consistent results across a variety of different meditations. 
  • As the sensor picks up your heart, and mind signals the headband circle and heart symbol will begin to fill in. Once complete you’ll hear an alert and receive a checkmark indicating that you’re ready to begin your meditation. 
  • Guided sessions are different than Mind and other meditation experiences in that, a guided meditation calibrates silently throughout the session to provide you with post-session reports of heart rate, calm and relaxed % plus graphs. 
  • Watch the video Sensor Check Tutorial.

Session Results 

Now let’s dive a little deeper into each type of Mediation report, what you’ll see, and what each means to help you with your meditation practice.   

1. Session Results: Mind

mind results report

In Mind Meditation, you’ll learn to achieve a calm state by relaxing your mind and focusing on your breath. You’ll hear whether feedback that intensifies as your mind wanders and becomes more active. The weather sounds will become softer as you regain your focus and find a calm state.

 

The Mind Meditation graph divides each session into three regions that correlate to each brain state:

  • Active (Wandering attention): This is when your mind is distracted and your attention was fluctuating. 
  • Neutral (Natural resting state):  Attention isn’t fluctuating, but you also haven’t reached a deep focus yet. 
  • Calm (Deep restful focus on your breath): These are moments when you’ve been fully focused on your breath.

The percentages for calm, neutral and active represent the proportion of time spent in each state during the session. Monitoring fluctuations and trends over time in each state helps you to monitor your progress and look for patterns.  

During Mind Meditation you will hear and earn birds when you’ve reached a deep, restful focus on your breath for longer than 5 seconds.  

When your mind drifts off to an active state and then quickly returns to calm focus, you’ll receive a recovery star.

2. Session Results: Heart

heart meditation results

In the Heart Meditation, you’ll be entered into an immersive soundscape where you’ll hear your heartbeat in the sound of a rhythmic, soothing drum played back in real-time. 

By synchronizing your heartbeat with the soundscape you’ll be able to learn to tune into your internal body cues to improve self-regulation to find calm.  

The heart graph shows your heart rate during the meditation session. After completing your second session you will see the following: 

 

  • Historical Max/Min: This is the highest and lowest heart rate you have reached during any Heart meditation.
  • Historical Average Range: this is a measure of your usual heart rate range during a Muse Heart meditation.

When your Heart rate drops to a new low during a heart meditation, or if you consistently maintain a low heart rate you will hear and earn birds.

During a Heart Meditation when your heart rate goes from high to low compared to your usual rate you’ll earn a recovery star.

3. Session Results: Body

body meditation results

 The Body graph shows two ‘zones’ and a baseline.

  1. Relaxed represents the time you spent in a still and stable seat (below the line) 
  2. Active represents the time when you had notable movement (above the line).  
  3. The baseline (the line shown on the graph) is established during calibration before your session. 

During Body Meditations when your body stays in the Relaxed state for an extended period of time, you will hear birds. If you shift from an active to still state during a Body Meditation you will earn a recovery star.

Your goal is to achieve more minutes in a still state (below the line) vs. active movement during the meditation. The birds and recoveries you received during a body meditation will be shown in the timeline of your session graph so you know when they were earned.

4. Session Results: Breath

breath meditation results

Through Breath Meditations, you’ll learn to pace your breath with guiding ambient music sounds. As you follow the guiding sounds and match the breathing pattern, your body and heartbeat will synchronize, and you’ll be rewarded with harmonized musical tones to affirm your progress and keep you on track.  

The Breath Meditation graph results display three zones and each zone shows your level (high, medium, low) of harmony with the audio guide. By measuring a combination of your heartbeat and body movements, Muse is able to determine your harmony with the audio guide. Zones:

  • High: +90% harmony with guide
  • Medium: +50% in harmony  
  • Low: below 50% in harmony

During Breath Meditations you will hear and earn birds for every 5 seconds you remain in high harmony with the breath guidance. When you regain harmony with the audio guide, you’ll earn a recovery star. 
Both birds and recovery stars help you understand how you responded during your meditation and are shown in the timeline of your session graph so you know when they were earned. r goal is to increase the number of minutes in high harmony during Breath Meditations.

5. Session Results: Guided With Headband

guided meditation

There are over 300+ Guided Meditations to choose from and you can listen to our Guided Meditations with or without your Muse headband. 

Wearing the Muse headband with any Guided Meditation provides in-depth session results to help provide deeper insights on your meditation practice. 

When doing a guided session with a Muse 2, you’ll receive session results showing your Mind, Heart & Body data.

When doing a guided session with an Original Muse, you’ll receive session results showing your Mind data.
If you tap “Take a closer look” you will see expanded full graphs for your session data.

If you would like access to the Guided Meditations you must purchase a monthly or annual subscription. Visit choosemuse.com for more information. 

The Muse headband comes complete with free meditations and unique soundscapes to monitor your mind, heart, body, and breath. You can find exercises within each experience by clicking on ‘exercises’ from the experience screen when you are personalizing your session.

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