I’ve been meditating for a year and using Muse daily for 18 days so far. It’s been extremely useful and helpful, but I’ve noticed one strange thing: I often hear birds, continually, when my mind has wandered off into a daydream. I don’t realize it at the time, because I’m focused on whatever the daydream is about, but after I come out of the daydream, I remember that the birds have been chirping the whole time–and they’re still chirping. Sometimes the birds even make me realize that I’ve wandered into a day dream,
This only seems to happen when (a) I’ve gotten the birds to start chirping before the daydream–but focusing on my breath, and (b) when it’s a “light” daydream. By which I mean that if I’m having complicated or anxious thoughts, I don’t hear birds. I hear the storm. I only hear the birds during the daydream when it’s a pleasant or neutral one–if it doesn’t bring up any strong emotions or strenuous intellectualism. Both this state and focusing on my breath seem to allow the birds to continue.
This hasn’t been a real problem for me, in terms of strengthening my practice, because, when I realize I’m hearing birds, I take it as a signal to focus on my breathing, rather than as confirmation that I have been focusing on it. And strengthening my practice is mostly what I care about.
But when using Muse a diagnostic tool, it’s a little misleading. Unless I misunderstand what “calm” is supposed to represent.