10 Minutes to Peace of Mind
We all know that meditation isn't a new thing, but over the past few years science has been truly backing it up with a long list of benefits. (This is also not news to most of us.) A lot of people are now open to this practice, but are struggling with how to learn it. I'm definitely one of those people. I just want it for stress relief, and to ultimately be a better person. I have tried podcasts, books, videos, you name it, but nothing stuck. I have very low stickiness for this kind of stuff, I'll try it and if I'm not in love with it, I say 'Bye Felicia' and move on.
I very much still consider myself a beginner. I have always struggled with my mind wandering — making lists in my head, replaying conversations from the day, wishing I could do more. All of these thoughts happening (most of the time in a very non-linear way) are the root of a lot of anxiety in my life. I thought that I was just one of those people that would never figure it out, until I discovered Headspace.
Headspace is an app where you are guided through 10 minute meditation sessions. These lessons are truly suitable for all levels. I use headphones, because I'm usually sitting in public, on the train. But that's really all you need. Some people have asked if I think this is as effective doing this in the everyday hustle and bustle. I say 'hell yes' every time. I feel that I can actually use the surrounding noise and change of scenery to enhance my experience. I also don't feel tied to a specific place where I am the most comfortable. I truly feel that this gave me the skills to meditate anywhere at anytime. It makes an otherwise mundane experience amazing. Now I'm using that time on the commute to wake up for the day, and also to wind down before I even get home. I'm no longer waiting to get through the front door to let out a big sigh of relief.
In the moderately short time that I have been using this app, I feel more relaxed by the time I get to work, and I've been much calmer and more collected in times of stress. It's awesome. I have never felt so instantly happy with an app, so much so that I kind of can't imagine living without it. I feel more in check, calm, focused, and care so much less about trivial things that used to send me into an almost paralyzing spiral. (Yikes, can you develop a crush on an app?)
If you don't believe me yet, check out the creator and narrator's TED talk below.
Most people assume that meditation is all about stopping thoughts, getting rid of emotions, somehow controlling the mind. But actually it's ... about stepping back, seeing the thought clearly, witnessing it coming and going. — Andy Puddicombe