Tool I Love: Headspace

I have always been really intimidated by meditation, which is kind of crazy if you think about it, because it looks pretty easy.

I mean, you literally do nothing. How exactly one did nothing though, was always confusing to me.

I wanted to be “good” at meditation because I thought it would decease my stress level, help me be more present, and possibly even physically improve my brain. But every time I tried it, I ended up frustrated that I was doing it wrong and it actually increased my stress level, rather than reducing it.

Then I found Headspace, which is mainly an app, but also a website, an online community, and a comprehensive meditation resource.

Why do I like it so much?

The entire approach is designed to make meditation accessible. There are helpful videos that demystify the practice, and the guided lessons are very simple and short to begin with, advancing in complexity and length only when I am ready.

The entire thing is the brainchild of mindfulness expert Andy Puddicombe and his calming voice guides you on every session (you can view his popular Ted Talk here). At the beginning he continually tells you to stop worrying if you are “doing it wrong”.

You might be reading this thinking “I don’t have a free hour in my day or a silent zen-like room to do this in”, but please understand that you don’t really need either. Sure, it is recommended that you do this first thing in the morning, but if you’re like me, you’ve got kids, dogs, and coworkers clamoring for your attention from the moment you wake up (often before you wake up).

I usually just go to my car to take in a short session during the day, and it works fine.

The results are almost always the same from all the sessions have I done: I walk away refreshed, with my mind reset.

Give it a shot. Your brain will thank you.

 

Note- There is a subscription fee for this, but the introductory 10-part session is free and you can repeat it as often as you like.