Today’s post is about meditation. I mentioned already headspace. Before I write further about it, I want to make clear that this is not an advert. No one asks me to write about headspace; it is my own and free decision to describe it because I am so enthusiastic about it.
What is headspace?
Headspace is an app for a guided meditation.
Ok, what is meditation?
It is a practice of the mind to become more conscious. Wikipedia says:
Meditation is a practice where an individual trains the mind or induces a mode of consciousness, either to realize some benefit or for the mind to simply acknowledge its content without becoming identified with that content, or as an end in itself.
If you read some of my earlier posts, you remember that become more aware was the primary goal of the little mindfulness exercises, and I stated that those exercises are good preparation for longer meditation sessions. Why?
Because by practising mindfulness you learn to know and understand yourself while you just “look” at you, without judging you. You realise what’s going on inside of you, but don’t make an effort to fight against it. That means you become aware of yourself.
And awareness is what meditation is about.
The reason why I am so interested in meditation is its anti-stress effect. Apparently, this is the only way that helps one to keep a cool head under pressure.
When people had talked about meditation earlier, I thought that sitting for 20min with closed eyes, without moving but counting my breaths will drive me mad. I am a lively person.
Time went by, I started working, and often felt so much pressure rose that I just needed to cry. Sometimes I couldn’t sleep, sometimes I just did everything without crying and slept for 14 hours. I noticed that I couldn’t deal with stress like I did earlier. It felt if I lost part of my firm basis and I become more fragile and vulnerable. Someone mentioned meditation, but I didn’t know how to do it. I got some short explanation, and I tried on my own but it was too difficult, and I lost the motivation quite quickly.
Recently a friend of mine who was struggling with being heartbroken mentioned headspace, I tried it, and I am still using it, and I enjoy it. Why?
Starting with the first impression: the graphics at the app are modern, clean, beautiful and funny. As a person with a heart for design, I do appreciate this.
Then, the explanation is easy to understand, without being over-spiritual. Every session is 10 min long, and in the first ten sessions, there are plenty of info videos with small stories to make clear what is the main point of the particular exercise.
Those first ten sessions are for free, after that you need to subscribe if you like to use headspace further. However, I believe it is worth to pay about 75€ for a year and get whenever you like some meditation lessons.
How do the lessons work?
At level first, that includes ten free lessons, you learn to bring your attention from the world around you to your body, then to your breath. You also learn to get your attention to only one thing — the contact of your feet on the floor, or some particular sensations in your body or your breathing. You are navigated step by step to sit down relax, have some deep breaths, close your eyes, etc.
Everything is spoken by Andy, the voice and founder of headspace. He seems to be a nice guy, has a nice voice (even guys say this) and it makes me feel relieved and relaxed just by hearing it.
After the subscription, you have access to all of the libraries, which allows you to practice meditation for better sleep, better work, happier relationships, or whatever your needs are. But before you can use those you need to finish level two and three, each includes ten lessons, which prepare you properly for browsing around and trying different things on your own.
I just finished the second level and looking forward to the next one. It makes me feel so much better when I take my “extra headspace” every day.
If you are looking for a long term decision regarding stress, relaxation and just feeling better, my advice would be: try headspace.
Enjoy your “headspace journey” and see you soon!