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04 March 2014 @ 01:36 pm
I've intermittently tried to develop a meditation habit, to pretty limited success. I enjoy meditation when I do it regularly, but I find it difficult to carve out the time for it, and it's easy for me to get distracted while meditating, and then it's more like "sitting for 10 minutes lost in thought" than what I envision meditating to be.

A couple of months ago, contessagrrl introduced me to headspace, a meditation app/website/course that addresses a lot of the struggles I've had with freeform meditation:

* It's guided meditation, which gives me, as a beginning meditator, the support I need to keep each session on track (and to lessen my fear that I'm "doing it wrong").
* It feels like doing something, so it's easier to make the time to do it AND
* Because it feels like doing something, I feel like I get to check it off my to-do list, which encourages me to do it, and helps me notice when I don't.
* The narration is just right for me in the sense that I find the cadence and word choice accessible and pleasant.
* It's not wifty.
* It is gentle.
* It builds over time, both in content and in length.

I'm really loving it, and I find myself wanting to tell everyone about it! I know meditation isn't the solution to every struggle we have, but I also know there's a lot of research support for the idea that it's helpful to a lot of the things we struggle with in ourselves and our relationships, and it fits well with my multi-year project of developing a robust sense of compassion, both inward and outward.

If it sounds like something you might enjoy, I highly recommend Headspace, which is available on their webpage and as a free app with a 10 day course for free, and then you can subscribe to continue if you like it. I'd be delighted to hear about your experience with it if you try it or have tried it.
I'm feeling: peacefulpeaceful
evolution, and some other stuffjacflash on March 4th, 2014 06:42 pm (UTC)
Yay! I have been an erratic meditator (at best) for years, but I have found that it has tremendous value as a way to... restore perspective, perhaps... and I wish you well with your effort to establish a practice.
Elizabeth Hunterlillibet on March 4th, 2014 10:33 pm (UTC)
I caught up with my former therapist last week and she recommended this, but then I forgot about it--thanks for the reminder!
Jacqueline Russell-Terrier: stress!tikva on March 5th, 2014 02:16 am (UTC)
You mentioned it in a post a few weeks ago and I downloaded it. I'm on Day 9. :)
metaphortunate sonmetaphortunate on March 6th, 2014 06:37 am (UTC)
I'm gonna try it! Thanks for the rec.
our lady of perpetual amusementdakotakym on March 6th, 2014 07:03 am (UTC)
This sounds like it may be a pretty great user-friendly tool to encourage some of my clients to try meditation as an adjunct to muscular work for chronic muscular tension, much of which seems to be strongly influenced by a person's brain being stuck in "anticipatory"/"fight or flight" mode. One of the values of meditation, to me, is learning how to "switch the channel" in one's brain, when desired, from "doing" to "being".

I've practiced various meditation and relaxation techniques over the years, and am curious to see what this one is about.. will def post back to share my experience w it.