March 4th, 2014



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.


Last night, I got a meeting invitation from an SVP who I have met once and almost never interact with, to meet with him, my boss, and a couple of other people about a complicated cascade of politically charged decisions on which I take point. Eek!

But I had a plan, and I sent it to my boss and explained it to him so he was on board, and in the meeting, I had all the necessary information to convince everyone else that it was the best route. "I think this is a compromise position that everyone can live with," said Mr. SVP at the end of the meeting. I didn't mention that I was more satisfied with the "compromise" than I had been with the plan that we would have proceeded with if we hadn't had that meeting.

AND everyone in the meeting came out feeling like I'd saved the day by coming up with this plan everyone could live with.