I've spent the past 56 hours of my life in a hotel in Birmingham, Alabama. Inclement weather has limited my access to typical routine actions & privileges. Despite this I have still been able to have an incredible time & I am walking away with much more knowledge & insight beyond the skills to survive a rare deep south snow storm. I have also been able to create for myself a mini-retreat within the grander events of a large organizational summit & one of the best discoveries within that retreat has been an amazing app that I have had time & space to test drive & fall in love with.
After reading the cover story from the current issue of Time magazine entitled The Mindful Revolution (which was an interesting & ironically perfectly timed read) as a result of my recent investment in mindful actions & behaviors I was introduced to a new app called Headspace. Given my state of isolation I spent some time exploring the app last night & just completed my first 10 minute meditation experience. It. Was. Amazing. I've always aspired to delight in personal meditation but consistently get frustrated with my ability to rigorously follow my brains depiction of what a meditation experience should be. In addition to the distractions of "Am I doing this right?" "Is this how I'm supposed to be sitting?" "How deep should my breaths be?" & so forth I also struggle with the battle of my own distractions from work & personal priorities, to lingering thoughts of the day, to undeveloped emotions & so forth. My brief experience with Headspace helped me work through all of that, in just 10 minutes! It was amazing. I was actually surprised when it was over that the 10 minutes had passed so quickly, normally I'm painfully counting down the seconds. The app provides guidance that feels right for me & it is just the right amount of support I need.
Headspace is free for the trial & if you are looking for the same meditation fulfillment as I was I would highly recommend trying it out. There is no risk & from my experience plenty of reward. Let me know what you think if you do.
minding to mindfulness,