Meditation is a great way to recharge your batteries, but most of us struggle to shut off our thoughts long enough to feel the benefits of such an activity. You sit down with your legs crossed, close your eyes, and suddenly you're thinking about all the bills you have to pay, or what you're gonna have for dinner. This is why Muse is such a gamechanger.

Through science that's far above my own knowledge base, Muse senses your brain activity. But it's much more than just a graph-based readout that shows you how active your brain has been during a specific amount of time - Muse is like a personal trainer for meditation through real-time feedback. Confused? Let me walk you through a typical session.

You place the Muse headband on your head, pop some headphones on, and fire up the Muse app. You then select a session time for your meditation, plus a soundscape. Now, this is where it starts to get fun. The more you think (brain activity), the louder your environment will get. Assuming you picked the Beach soundscape, this will translate to higher winds and crashing waves. If you lower your brain activity, those sounds will start to get calmer (smaller waves, less wind). Your mission is to control the sound.

Sounds like fun, doesn't it? Once you've finished your session, you'll be presented with all the graphs you could ever need, as well as a score. And that's it.

Meditation doesn't have to be something that eats up a large chunk of your time - typically I spend just 5 minutes a day with Muse, just before I go to sleep - and that's why Muse is such a killer product; it rewards you for your time, no matter how small, while providing you with enough guidance and context to improve your session over time. And hell, if you're a stats nerd like me, you'll love the wealth of information provided.

To find out more about the technology, we caught up with the creators for a brief chat. Read on below.

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How did the company get started and what made you create Muse?

In the beginning, we were interested in understanding the brain and its inner workings in ways that have never been explored before. We started with an early brain computing interface (BCI) and would create musical concerts where you could make music directly with your mind. We thought this was absolutely extraordinary - the ability to actually transform the inner workings of your mind into something that was tangible and understandable.

After that we went on to do amazing things such as the Bright Ideas installation; which allowed visitors to the Ontario House to control the light shows that illuminated major Ontario landmarks in real-time with their minds. Their brain states were able to direct the lights on the CN Tower, Niagara Falls and the Parliament Buildings. The response to these installations was incredible! It was amazing to see how exciting it was for people to see a visual representation of their thoughts and we then realized that the best way to make use of brain sensing technology was to help people learn what was going on inside their own mind.

From here, the idea to use this technology to help people learn to meditate came to fruition. Meditation is difficult to do. It is an invisible process that happens inside your brain and some people do not know if they’re doing it right. We realized if we created a tool that helped people understand what is going on in their mind during meditation, guide them and give them real feedback to help them stay on track, we could have an extraordinary impact in people’s lives, in brain health, and in the world.

What's the response been like to the product?

The positive response has been overwhelming! We have just over 4.2 million sessions of meditation with Muse. We have CEOs, pro athletes, moms, first responders, people who use it to deal with stress in the workplace, corporations that use Muse to improve company culture and outcomes, and thousands of clinicians that recommend Muse to their patients. On top of seeing people using Muse just for meditation, we have been able to give researchers access to an affordable research-grade EEG device for new neuroscience research, and offer other artists the opportunity to create their own brain-powered installations. It has been an honour to touch so many lives.

If one album could sum up the brand, what would it be and why?

The sound of our mind: the calm I never knew I needed.

Lastly, what do you have coming up that you think we should keep a lookout for?

The ecosystem of Muse is constantly evolving to enrich the current Muse experience with new content and different in-app experiences. We are creating community environments focused on getting people to start a personal practice. Also for researchers, healthcare practitioners, artists and developers, we are proud to have recently launched Muse Direct for iOs. It allows you to stream, record and visualize raw brainwave data in real-time. I can’t give too much more away, but we do have a few other big projects we are going to be hopefully releasing in the upcoming months that we are excited about!

You can visit MUSE by heading to choosemuse.com.