Headspace – Love This Meditation Program

Recently, I was introduced to a new Mindfulness Meditation program. You can try the program for free for 10 days and do the Take 10 program – 10 minutes a day with guided meditations spoken by Andy Puddicombe.

Typically, I usually have to make an effort to go and meditate but, with this program, I find that I am eagerly finding the time. 10 minutes is easy enough for anyone to do. I find, that once I am in the groove, I really want to go on beyond the 10 minutes and load up one of Abraham’s meditations and meditate on. It feels SOOOO good to get into that space!

Things I like about this program:

  • You can access it via the website or via iphone or droid app. There are other mindfulness programs online but I’ve found that they require computer time to follow them. I can take my phone and find a quite place to meditate. I LOVE that πŸ™‚
  • Andy has a really great voice to meditate to. πŸ˜€ He’s a Brit, after all, and I guess I am a bit partial since hubby is also British. Love me some British accent! πŸ˜€ Having said that, I did have a minor giggle fit when I first started listening because I had a vision of the Geico Gekko guiding me through the meditation. LOL
  • It is actually quite reasonably priced, after the 10 free days, considering everything that you get with the $7.99 a month subscription fee. If you visit the website and click on the link that says “BENEFITS – WHAT DO I GET?”, you will see a run down of everything that is included.

When I subscribed, they had a special going that gave me 3 months free on the Year membership so my cost was a bit less that the $7.99 a month. If you sign up for their free 10 days, I am sure they will have more discounts codes in the future to entice you to join up. Even at the $7.99 rate, it is well worth the price.

Go ahead! What have you got to lose by trying out the free trial?? Just 10 minutes a day, for 10 days for a calmer, more peaceful mind.

Gratitude for My Journey to Mindfulness – Day 25

Today I am grateful for the journey I am starting today. I have started the meditations that go with Mindfulness: An Eight-Week Plan for Finding Peace. I am starting out with Meditation 1 twice a day. The meditation only takes 8 minutes and, while my brain throws up all sorts of obstacles as to why I don’t have time to do it twice a day, I am making the commitment to follow through for the full 8 weeks.

So, today is day 1 of my journey to discovering my peace.

Until Tomorrow

[This is entry 25 of 365 of Operation Gratitude]

Gratitude of the Spiral – Day 24

It is amazing how it takes a while to recover from a downward spiral in emotions. I guess it is a matter of coming crashing to the bottom and having the momentum stop so you can take a breath and recover. I do this from time to time in regards to my husband’s illness. Depression is a difficult issue for all involved and perceptions of what is going on can be very different depending on where you are standing. Depression can also be a major challenge to relationships. We love each other but, at times, the going gets pretty tough.

I don’t get outwardly aggressive but rather retreat quite a bit into myself. This time was no different. When ever this happens, which isn’t too often – maybe 3 or 4 times a year, something good always comes from it. Open discussions between the two of us occur and new things tried to help ease the situation.

β€œSome changes look negative on the surface but you will soon realize that space is being created in your life for something new to emerge.”
― Eckhart Tolle

About a week ago, I came across a blog entry which was talking about mindfulness meditation and depression. I am the one who is into meditation and my husband is pretty resistant to it. The book sounded pretty interesting, so I sent him an instant message anyway, with the link to the book, and left it at that.

About a week later, he called me while he was waiting to pick up the kids from school, and told me about this guy who was on NPR talking about mindfulness meditation and depression. It sounded VERY familiar and was the same guy I had sent him the link about. Apparently, he had missed the link I had sent so didn’t know that I already knew about the gentleman he was referring to.

His discovery of this, on his own, opened the door for the conversation that would help me stop MY spiral down. We bought the kindle version of the book book and, while I have no control over if he chooses to investigate mindfulness more, I most certainly can. The book that I am currently reading is Mindfulness: An Eight-Week Plan for Finding Peace in a Frantic World. So far, it is well in line with the beliefs that I currently hold about life so I have high hopes for it helping me to discover my own peace in this crazy world.

I am grateful for the way things seem to work out for the best for me. I want to feel better and this will hopefully open the door to a pathway for me to achieve this.

Until Tomorrow

[This is entry 24 of 365 of Operation Gratitude]