It seems like everyone and their dog is into meditation these days, yes? It got me thinking that maybe there’s something to it (given that it’s an ancient, 1,000s-year-old practice and all – not just because Oprah said to, I swear). I actually signed up for one of Oprah & Deepak’s Mediation Challenges, but I could not get past the second day – 20-minutes of breathing and being still was too much for me as a beginner, I’ve learned. In fact, I totally sabotaged myself before giving myself a chance because I tried to MULTI-TASK while meditating and tried listening to the recording while walking on the treadmill – clearly I missed the entire point of the exercise.
Weeks later, I tried once more after listening to a webinar given by Chris Brogan who touted the benefits of meditation; but this time I searched for an app on my phone to see what goodies the Google Play Store had waiting for me. One of the top-rated apps is Headspace created by TED speaker Andy Puddicombe. So I downloaded it and gave it a try. I started with the free Take 10 program – a starter program that delivers 10 minutes of meditations per day for 10 days. I liked the interface and that the mediations are broken down into 10-minute modules (much more realistic for a road runner like me). Once you complete Take 10, you can subscribe and select from the different categories depending on what area of your life you’d like to focus on and go through those tailored meditations.
I’m only on Day 2 of Take 10, but I’m feeling progress just by simply committing to a daily practice of mindfulness.