For many years now, we have read and heard about the importance of meditation. So three weeks ago we decided that it was time to meditate and be more mindful with the help of Headspace. Headspace is a great app that helps you become an expert in meditating. With the free Take10 program, you start off with a simple meditation technique consisting of 10 lessons which each take 10 minutes. The app is user-friendly, colorful and has several animated videos that explain how the mind works and why it so important to train it and to take care of it.
Before I actually decided to give it a go, I already knew that it would be difficult to commit to it every day or at least on a regular basis. And, I was right. By day four I had already foregone my resolution to meditate every evening. When I come home from work, I just want to decompress, have a good dinner, put Netflix on and binge-watch House of Cards. And, when I do take the time to meditate, I did it when I was already in bed. I fell asleep before the end of each session, which in a way is a good thing. Meditating at night relaxes me and helps me fall asleep. However, I am not mindful when I fall asleep, so it kind of loses its purpose.
Making time to meditate wasn’t high on my priority list. So, when I forgot to meditate on the fourth (and fifth) day, I decided to change things around and give it a go in the morning. This change definitely worked! For me, it is a good start of the day, to connect with my body, surroundings, and my thoughts. I made me more aware of what it means to be mindful (of my thoughts). Plus, I felt that I started the day right and balanced. All chaos of the morning started to bother me less. They say it takes 30 days to form a habit. Somehow taking 10 minutes in the morning to meditate doesn’t feel like a challenge anymore, but a positive welcome and some necessary me-time.
Keep in mind that after the 10 free Headspace sessions, you can repeat the series to keep that good habit going, but you might feel the urge to change things up when you keep hearing the same sessions. In my opinion, if things become too repetitive, my mind will wander off and consequently that state of mindfullness as well. So it might be a good step to get an upgrade. It gives you access to more exercises and other fun perks. Give it a try and see how that little amount of time positively affects the rest of your day!