Thank you and good sharing from your experience using Muse, too. Instead, I might still have to learn a lot from you in using this technology .
Just sharing to you, my motivation for using Muse basically is to answer my curiosity and get better understanding on what happen when someone enters a deep meditation state. I was very inspired while reading an article where Muse was tested on several monks to understand the condition of their brainwave while practicing meditation. So, I bought Muse initially to better understand meditation in other point of view (science approach).
For me (at least according to my meditation practice), meditation is more about inner-self exercise rather than thought or mind training with the ultimate objective is finding the true self (who), understanding life (why, purpose), and getting closer to God. As far as I know, every culture and individuals have a different approach and goals to meditation. Meditation that I do is based on the influence of my religion background where meditation practices is focused on consciousness, heart, inner-spirit, and not on the thought or mind. By this method, thought and mind no longer becomes important. In my conception, consciousness has a much wider than the mind, is unlimited, so the mind will not be able to follow it. So, if we try to enter this heart consciousness, the mind will disappear by itself. That might be shown from the Muse result in my deep meditation that I shared previously.
So, my approach to meditation is not how to conquer and eliminate thought or mind because the fact is that the mind cannot be regulated, the more we try to confine it the more it will be wilder (monkey mind). It becomes tame by itself when we enter into the consciousness state. But, again, this is my opinion and the method I have been doing for the past 10 years, linking meditation to something more spiritual.
As far as I practice using Muse, this technology is quite acceptable (not reliable but acceptable). The results so far are quite consistent.
At this time, I even found some new insights from deepening meditation through measurements using this Muse. For example, here are Muse’s measurement results in meditation when I changed the focus from consciousness, heart, spirit to mind (see the spike as I trapped to calm my mind):
It’s more often we feel calm, but actually not 100% calm. But if our consciousness is full, our inner spirit really surrenders to God, based on my experience so far, the mind will automatically calm down.
I apologize that I don’t delve into hormones and glands, and whether there are implications with Muse data that might be inaccurate. Maybe this is the right thing to ask the Muse team to help answer.
Again, thank you for your sharing. Happy to connect with you.