We are committed to helping you do better by thinking better, and helping you find the right tools + resources is an integral part of reaching that goal. This week we are looking into Headspace’s App, Take10 free meditation training, and highlighting how it can support your mindfulness journey!
Meditation can be intimidating. What I love about this app is that it’s simple + breaks down each step for you. This accessible app holds your hand as it trains you, and your brain, to understand the practice + to do the practice. Below I have highlighted three themes that have come up for me through my experience of using the Headspace App. I hope it helps you do better by thinking better.
The practice of mindfulness starts and ends through the art of non-judgment. This is probably the most valuable lesson of mindfulness training. To allow your thoughts to come and go, for you to breathe in and out, for you to be, and not judge. The challenge is to not judge if you are ‘doing it right’, and to not judge if you are not ‘thinking the right things’, ‘breathing right’, etc. With practice, you can learn to be, see, feel, think, hear, and not judge. This invaluable practice supports your gratitude muscles, your focus, and the art of being present. You learn to let your thoughts flow.
The catch + release nature of meditation is captured perfectly by the Headspace App lessons. You learn to understand the essence of flow as you train your brain to do so. Giving your mind the space to wander and then bringing it back into focus. You are building a muscle, and therefore you have to work with the resistance to build flexibility and attention. As you do the Take10 training you learn to sit in the flow of change, of noise, of life – and learn to bring your attention where it’s needed, and let it go where it’s not. This becomes an integral part of you building a meditation ritual.
Mindfulness requires ritual and consistency to build a relationship with it. The Headspace App is perfectly designed to support this process. You need only 10 minutes a day. We recommend the same time (preferably in the morning) everyday to optimize habit formation. I know, however, from personal experience that this is not always possible. I have done my ten minutes for the day at an ocean sunrise and in a parking lot before a meeting. What I have learned is that doing it is better than not doing it, and ‘perfect’ is just making that 10 minutes happen – regardless of time and place.
Try it out for yourself and tell me what you learned! We would love to hear from you!
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