But are there tools that can help you get to a deeper level of meditation…faster?
In this Best for Mediation series, I'm going meditate with two different methods and measure the results.
This will give you and idea of what can help you improve your meditation practice faster.
Remember, what works for me may not work the same for you.
But it will give you some clues as to what you can try next.
For this test, I'm going to do a Holosync review and measure the results against freestyle meditation, or not using a meditation aid.
Tools of the Test
There are a few tools that I'm going to use during my meditation sessions:
- Muse Headband – Measures my brain activity and stores my sessions in the app.
- Holosync audio tracks – Bill Harris discovered that he could induce deep meditative states by using different carrier wave frequencies.
- iPad Mini – Used for recording my Muse data in the Muse mobile app.
- Secondary phone – I have a phone dedicated to my meditation recordings, so I don't get bothered by notifications from my primary phone.
- JLab Earbuds – These are my favorite earbuds because they are super durable, easy to carry and they block out a lot of outside noise. You almost don't need active noise cancelling headphones when you use these earbuds, which creates a quiet environment for meditation.
Holosync Review Test Results
Watch this video to see my results and Holosync review. The text version of my results are provided after the video.
For this test, I did three meditation sessions of 30 minutes each, with each method. I always did my meditation in the morning and I only did one session per day.
When I did freestyle meditation, the best result that I was able to achieve was 68% calm. Here's what the Muse graph looked like.
But when I used Holosync, my best result jumped to 96% calm, or 28 minutes and 50 seconds, out of 30 minutes. My mind was only neutral for 54 seconds, compared to 9 minutes in the previous graph. That is a phenomenal result and shows the value of using meditation aids like Holosync.
The results might have been even better, but I opened my eyes near the middle of the session. You can see it in the large peaks towards the middle of the graph.
Of course, not all of my Holosync sessions turned out this well.
One Holosync session had a 35% calm reading.
But that will happen in meditation. Sometimes your meditation sessions won't go well and that's OK.
You might have had a stressful day or you may be trying to solve a problem in the back of your mind.
The point is to do your meditation practice consistently.
Over time, you will gain more skill in quieting your mind and your average time in a calm state of mind will increase. This can lower your stress and help you make better trading decisions.
The bottom line is that Holosync helps me quiet my mind better than freestyle meditation alone. I was able to achieve 96% calm in my best Holosync session, versus my best of 68% calm, without Holosync.
Although I only did 3 sessions per method for this blog post, I have measured my results with both methods dozens of times in the past. I was consistently able to hit 90%+ calm with Holosync, while the best I could do with freestyle was about 70%…and I wasn't as consistent.
I started using Holosync in 2016 and I still use it to this day.
Like anything else, this won't work for everyone. But if you are struggling with freestyle meditation, I would recommend giving Holosync a try.
In future blog posts, I'll share with you my testing results from other meditation methods and aids.
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