A friend of mine recommended the Headspace app to me about a month ago. Actually, that's not quite true -- she actually suggested I try the app about three months ago, I finally paid attention a month ago. I am glad I did. I have been using the meditation app for 31 days and am noticing some key differences in my daily life.
About HeadspaceIf you head over to Headspace.com, you can read all about the company. They've been around in one form or another since 2010 and the mobile app has been around since 2012. Andy Puddicombe is the voice of Headspace. You can read his wiki here.
My ImpressionsI am new to meditation. I had tried it a few times, but generally was uncommitted and unfocused in my goals. I would try it for a day and then quit.
Earlier this year, I read Dan Harris' book How to be 10% Happier. Reading his book helped me understand what my meditation goals could be and that being 10% happier would be a big enough reason to give it a try.
My first breakthrough moment with meditation was while I was waiting in an examination room for a dermatology appointment. As you know, waiting for doctors can be a long prospect. Fresh from reading Mr. Harris' (may I call you Dan?) book, I figured I would meditate until I couldn't stand it anymore or the doctor came in. I think it was about a 20 minute wait and for the first time, I was able to just focus on the breath for most of that time. When I opened my eyes, I was more relaxed than I can ever recall without medication or strenuous exercise. That feeling stayed with me for a couple of hours. The best I could do with exercise was an endorphin rush of about 90 minutes.
Still, it was more than six months before I really gave it a go.
Fast forward to 30 days ago. I downloaded the app and gave it a try. I felt immediate results (though minor), which gave me the boost I needed to stay committed. Now 30 days in, I find I can stay focused better and my sleep has improved. I still have good days and bad days (I consider myself hormonally challenged) but even the bad days can be mitigated when I take a few moments to focus on my breath and stay in the moment. I plan on sticking with it and I heartily recommend it.
The first ten days are free and the first block of ten exercises are only ten minutes long each. Listening to Andy's voice puts me at ease. He has only scared the crap out of me twice that I can recall (on both occasions I was very relaxed and my mind had wandered off).
How to get Headspace
Head over to Headspace.com and sign up. Or just head over to your mobile phone's app store and download it for free.