I need a little Headspace!

Headspace?  What is that?  Why?

 

I shared on Monday in my weekly wrap that I am coming down to the end of my FMLA period and it is time to make some tough decisions.  Of course my resting pulse is climbing back up and my 7 hours of sleep a night is dwindling.  Why can’t I shut my mind off??


I have been home since February 20th and can honestly say I have turned on the TV twice.  I am not a big TV person by nature.  Don’t get me wrong, most people know that when my hubby is gone during hunting season I can sit on the couch, drink wine and bing watch the Housewives series like nobodies business!  I got to watching one of the talk shows of some sort the other day and they were interviewing the gentleman who came up with the Headspace app/program.

Basically, Headspace is like having a trainer for your mind.  Meditation is not new.  Meditation is linked to mindfulness.  Learning to be present in the here and now and fully engaged.   From the Headspace website:

People have been meditating for thousands of years. While the practice isn’t new, science is just catching up to its benefits. At Headspace, our in-house science team is dedicated to understanding the benefits of meditation as measured and understood by modern medicine. They leverage existing and ongoing research of in-person mindfulness training while pioneering new research on the delivery of digital mindfulness training.

The techniques used within the Headspace app have been refined and developed over many centuries, passed down from teacher to student. The intention of these techniques is to cultivate awareness and compassion so that we might better understand the mind, as well as our relationship with the world around us. With this as our focus, we view any kind of health benefit beyond the development of awareness and compassion as a helpful byproduct or positive side-effect of regular meditation.

What are some of those health benefits?  A happier and healthier you!

Who doesn’t want all of that?  The program overs a free take 10 program- just 10 minutes per day.  10!  Surely I can make time for that!  We know new habits are tough to start, so I am publicly declaring day one is done and I am looking forward to day two.  Each day I will be walked thru the exercise of meditation.  You don’t have to sit on the floor and chat UMMMMMMMMMM.  No one will know what you are up to, I will report next week if my hubby has figured it out. Once you finish your 10 days the program offers many options.

Last month I attended a workshop on the concept of Mindful Leadership.  Mindful leadership invites leaders to explore the possibility of bringing their mind’s entire capacity to each moment.  I think a 10 minute morning meditation will help jump-start that process.  For me, it is all about Live, Love and Laugh in 2017.   Ten days will pass by anyway and I can sit back and do nothing or enjoy learning how to be mindful and let myself sit back and really experience the present moment.  Learn how to do nothing.  Can you do nothing? No text, email, chatting, humming- nothing.

Do you meditate ?  Have you thought about the practice?  

 


38 Responses so far.

  1. Rachel says:

    I don’t meditate but I have “doing nothing” down to a science. Give me some kid-free time and I’m happy to stare off into space for 30 minutes! 🙂
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  2. Madhuri says:

    I love headspace! It really helps to practise mindfulness. I did write a piece about it on my blog.

  3. Very interesting indeed! I am going to have to check out that app! I love my morning routine and for the most part, I have a few minutes alone after the hubby goes to work where I could squeeze in an additional 10 minutes.
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  4. Elle says:

    I always take a few minutes each morning to think about my intentions for the day and assess. I have meditated in the past but honestly never found any benefit in it for me. I think this app is really interesting though.

  5. Cathy says:

    Interesting, I may have to check this out! Thanks!

  6. This sounds great. I was using the Calm app when I was meditating but Im fallen out of the habit. Maybe I will give this one a try!
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    • MB says:

      I love that the 10 day challenge is free so it gives you some time to get the hang of it before you have to commit to anything- give a try!

  7. I don’t meditate. I can’t. I swear I have ADHD. My Apple Watch has the Breathe app and I have it set to go every hour. It’s one minute long and I’m amazed at how calm I feel after that.

    I’m making some big changes at work and once things are in place I’ll let you know. But I told them there’s no way I can go back to that pace I was working at. I know you get it…
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    • MB says:

      Oh you know I get it! Just breathe! Just think how good you might feel if you did it for 10 minutes in a row! I do like that idea of stopping for a minute every hour or so too. You and I may need to do both! 🙂

  8. I don’t currently meditate but I do aspire to someday 🙂 This app looks like an easy way to ease into it. Plus I really like that guy’s accent 🙂
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    • MB says:

      I am not going to lie Deborah, I am looking forward to my next 10 minute session of Andy talking to me, he could talk to me all day long if he would like! It’s not a bad way to start the day!

  9. Coco says:

    I don’t meditate and I’m not good at forcing quiet time on myself, but I’m trying!
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    • MB says:

      This is something I have NEVER tried, I mean NEVER. So this guided 10 challenge is really nice on walking me thru the process. It is very interesting!

  10. Kimberly G says:

    I don’t meditate, but I know that need too. I’ve never heard of this app but it seems really cool and I love the idea description. I start marathon training later on this month and I can definitely see this being beneficial!
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    • MB says:

      Take a look at it – the 10 day challenge is free, I think it is going to be very beneficial to me and I am already looking forward to tomorrow. 🙂

  11. I was never diagnosed with ADHD (and I honestly don’t think I have it), but my mind has a tough time shutting down at bedtime. I’m not stressed or anxious (at least I don’t think I am), but to just close off my brain for 10 minutes? I’d LOVE to make that happen LOL
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    • MB says:

      As hard as you go you might want to give the free 10 day challenge a try and do it right before bedtime. Let me know if you do- I will be curious.

  12. I don’t meditate in the way most people think of it. But getting out on a hike being in nature with my own thoughts. That’s my kind of meditation and I try to do it often as I can.
    I’ve never heard of this app. Maybe if I could get to the point of sitting in a room by myself and not think about other things I want to be doing (its like self proclaimed adhd lol) I might really enjoy an app like this.
    Good luck with your decisions. Usually the ones that stress us the least even if they arnt what we normally would chose are the right path to take, at least in my life its worked out that way.

    • MB says:

      Thanks Kristy! In the mindful leadership seminar she gave us a worksheet on how to do a walking meditation. I am sure it is very similar to your hikes. Let me know if you check the app out- I am already looking forward to my quiet time tomorrow 🙂

  13. Helen Lee says:

    I meditate everyday, not much, only 15 minutes or 20 minutes each night before going to bed. I’m not sure I meditated properly, but it really made me relax, and slept better, as you said

    • MB says:

      If you are relaxed and sleeping better than I say you are on to something! I like the program guiding me thru the exercise 🙂

  14. Marcia says:

    I lasted a couple of weeks with the Calm app before I fell out of the habit. Ugh. I’ve been trying to meditate for years and typically fall asleep if I try at all. I do enjoy an hour or so of alone time every morning. Just me and my coffee, that I find quite restorative.
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    • MB says:

      I like my quiet time in the morning too with my coffee but find myself multi-tasking. I think I can make this 10 minute program work 🙂

  15. I’ve been using the Calm app for about a year now. I also use some other guide meditations, like the running specific ones from Jasyoga. I find it really helpful.
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  16. Angela @marathonsandmotivation.com says:

    I use HeadSpace at night before I go to bed! I love it, it really helps me relax and fall asleep.

    • MB says:

      Nice! I am adding it to my morning routine but I see how doing it right before bed would be nice too. I could listen to his voice forever! 🙂

  17. Someone just suggested meditation to me the other day. I can’t ever seem to turn my mind off. I need to check out that app you suggested!

  18. Toni says:

    I am not a big meditator, I last 2-3 minutes at the most. I actually did try headspace when I was training for the NYC marathon and really liked it. It def helped with my training. I will admit I have not kept it up, but I should get back to it.
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  19. I need to get better at this! It seems to really help in yoga class, but I have trouble doing it by myself.
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