So, last week I visited my Shrinky Dink (i.e. psychiatrist) and told her of my intention to spend the next year learning how to think in new, better, and more positive ways, chiefly through the aids of meditation and CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy). She was extremely encouraging, and made the suggestion that sometimes meditation can be overwhelming to some people (i.e. like me), so it might be wise to dip one’s toe in the meditation pool and then immerse themselves from there.
One tool she thought might be helpful is a website called Headspace, which helps one ease into the practice of learning how to observe one’s mind and gently focus oneself as a means of taking a break not only from the hubbub of general brain activity but also the hecticness of daily life. I decided to give it a try – and thought perhaps some of you might be interested in it as well.
You can either head directly to the website and sign up there or you can download their app on the device of your choice you prefer. The introductory tools and sessions are free – a very good and preferable price!
I downloaded the app on my phone and am now on Day 6 of their introductory “training course”, which consists of taking 10 minutes out of the day to settle down and listen to Andy the narrator-slash-meditation and mindfulness expert walk you through each day in his delightful and calming voice, complete with British accent, and so far so good.
Hope your New Year is coming along nicely, and wishing you a Happy Tuesday the 13th!