30 Days of Headspace — Here’s What I Learned
Since it first rolled its way onto the health and wellness scene in 2010, Headspace has led the way in making the world a more mindful place, one deep breath at a time. In June 2018 it surpassed 1 million subscribers, a figure that continues to climb as the negative mental impact of our society drives our need for calm to the surface — something that I can empathise with myself.
Beginning at the bottom.
Last year, I had arrows shooting at me from all sides and I was dodging them about as well as a bear trapped in an elevator — I was in a difficult relationship, my job was unfulfilling, I wasn’t eating well — all in all I was feeling pretty vulnerable. Problems that weren’t even problems would make me cry myself into a daily headache and my heart would flutter madly into palpitations that stopped me from physically getting to work. And above all, I didn’t know how to get away from the waves of thinking that followed me everywhere — even when I was sitting ‘doing nothing,’ endless frantic thoughts would run into themselves like tiny tributaries into the rushing force of a river.
I needed something to slow it all down and was recommended Headspace.
Yes, I was also sceptical — here were all of my life problems mutating into health problems and a little app was going to solve it all?
‘…I had arrows shooting at me from all sides and I was dodging them about as well as a bear trapped in an elevator’
I was desperate, downloaded it and decided to give the Basics pack of guided meditation 30 days — this was 10 free sessions that I recycled 3 times.
This is what happened:
Andy Puddicombe has a wonderfully calming voice that really invites you into the session. However, despite this, thoughts continued to ping across my mind like a pinball in an arcade game. If anything, now that Headspace was an extra thing in my day, there were even more thoughts I was eager to explore — how did it work? When would I know it was working? Is this right? It was a busy ten minutes. As…