While I consider myself to be naturally adept at avoiding stress, life has a way of challenging that notion. What feels like an endless flow of projects, feeds, and a busy social schedule tend to keep my mind in a constant state of "overdrive". Because of this, the idea of adopting some form of meditation has intrigued me for quite some time now. More recently, an episode of Alec Baldwin's podcast Here's the Thing featured an interview with Jerry Seinfeld, a longtime proponent of Transcendental Meditation. This once again prompted me to look into it, but I didn't quite know where to start. That is, until about week ago, when I stumbled across an online service called Headspace. In their own words:
Headspace is a project designed to demystify meditation. Using the wonders of science and technology, we make it easy-to-learn, fun-to-do, and relevant to your everyday life.
Part of the headspace project is a simple app that provides a new user with 10 days of 10-minute, guided, easy-to-approach meditation sessions for free.
I'm about five days in right now, and I'm loving it. The meditations are already something I look forward to doing each day: a quiet, 10-minute period of time to clear my mind, relax, breathe, and simply be. There are a year's worth of daily, guided meditation sequences in the paid version, which I'll be purchasing as soon as my trial is up. I've found very real value here, and it couldn't be any more convenient than being right there on my iPhone.
Actually it's strangely poetic: this device that so often tethers me to the chaos of activity that is my daily life is the same instrument with which I can create a clear and blissfully relaxed frame of mind.
I definitely recommend giving Headspace a try. ◉