Headspace

Meditation seems to be all the rage these days, for very good reason! However, it is a learned skill; one I struggle to develop. I would say my previous attempts at meditation have been nothing short of unsuccessful. I barely make it through the little we do in the beginning of yoga class. I also can't tell if I'm actually doing it right.   

At this point, I'd be satisfied with learning how to successfully meditate for 10-minutes. So, I'm turning to technology for help. 

A few weeks ago my husband and I learned about Headspace while watching a Ted Talk by Andy Puddicombe (WATCH THIS)! Then, of all places, we saw him appear on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, where he did a live meditation session. 

Headspace is an app you can download to teach you how to meditate. Is it free? No. It's a paid subscription but it does offer a free 10-day trial that I began five days ago. Users can choose 3, 5, or 10- minute sessions during the trial. I started with one 3-minute guided meditation session per day for ten days, baby steps people. 

So far, the app has been extremely helpful! It is easy to use, very informative and does a nice job explaining how to actually meditate. It's a bonus that I find the host's voice extremely soothing, and even a little sexy, but back on track. Let's let that thought pass. 

When I first opened the app it seemed a little overwhelming. There is a lot of content in a small space. I haven't explored all of the features just yet, as I am focused on the beginners pack, known as the foundation pack, which includes meditation basics 1, 2 and 3. As you progress, there are plenty of packs to choose from. The app offers meditation packs for health, happiness, work and performance, students, anxiety, single meditations for a quick fix, and even packs for kids. My approach to the app is, the more I learn the more I'll explore.

I will say this, coming from someone who has never meditated before, I am shocked at how just 3-minutes of meditation can have such a positive impact on my mental state. I am ashamed to admit that at first, sparing three measly minutes to sit in silence seemed like a stretch. Starting tomorrow, I plan to up my session to 5-minutes. Hopefully, by day ten, I will be meditating for 10-minutes per day and ready to take advantage of the additional packs included in the app.   

 My dog, Higgins, trying to distract me.

My dog, Higgins, trying to distract me.

Benefits of Meditation

  • Meditation reduces stress.
  • It improves concentration. 
  • It encourages a healthy lifestyle.
  • The practice increases self-awareness. 
  • It increases happiness.
  • Meditation increases acceptance.
  • It slows aging.
  • The practice benefits cardiovascular and immune health.