Headspace Update Numero Uno

Those of you who read the blog regularly (and even those of you who don’t) may remember that I posted an item about Headspace a while back, and since I’ve found already that it’s made a difference for me I thought I’d follow up to tell you how my first 10 days of meditation went (cuz, uh, you’re really very curious…right?!), and also to invite any of you who may have tried it yourselves, or would like to try a meditation practice of your choosing, to join me on this new journey.

With that:

  • My first impressions were of how uncomfortable I was physically throughout the first several sessions – fidgeting, shifting positions in the chair I was sitting in, continuously getting various itches I just had to scratch.
  • Sometimes the discomfort had to do with my overall being on certain days, a general ooginess that made it a little harder to focus. Skeptical as I was, I decided to believe it when Andy, my smooth and soothing guide, told me that that was OK.
  • As time went on, I found it much easier to participate without all the ooginess, and more importantly, I found toward the end of the 10 days that I’d gained some clarity on a particular issue I’d been feeling so guilty and regretful over for, oh, about the past year and a half – all the stuff of my Mimsy’s that I didn’t keep I wish I had. “Much as you might have liked to, you can’t take it all with you – which is why you decided not to to begin with! – and neither could she,” I heard the better part of myself tell me, and for the first time felt some peace with it.

Now, I’m not sure if that’s all due to the meditation or not…but I still felt compelled to move forward with it anyway, and went ahead and subscribed to a year’s worth of Headspace. It’ll cost me $7.99 a month, less the sign up bonus of the first two months free, making the grand total $79.90. A year’s worth of potential mental health and well-being for less than 100 bucks a year?

Sold!

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4 Comments

  1. Dennis Meeks on January 27, 2015 at 6:44 am

    “ooginess”.

    Now there’s a word to meditate about



    • Bobbi C. on January 27, 2015 at 1:39 pm

      Haha, yep Dennis, cognitive dissonance times a dash of lingering emotional distress divided by general disorientation = ooginess!



  2. Christine on January 26, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    Thanks for reporting your experience with meditating. I, too, have recently begun a practice of yoga and meditation which I struggle to do daily – and then afterward wonder what the struggle was all about! (My strong will needs taming, I guess.) I have experienced more refreshing sleep and less overall anxiety. I’m down to a third of a cup of coffee – something I never thought would be possible.

    I saw a recent study from Harvard discussing evidence that meditation improves the use of our brain. (Not memory, apparently, because I can’t remember the specifics of the study.) I’ll look for it though and post the link if I can find it.

    Happy meditating,
    Christine



    • Bobbi C. on January 27, 2015 at 1:37 pm

      Hi Christine – thanks so much for this wonderful comment! I’m glad to know I’m not the only one who seems to have a terrible time getting themselves going, only to find there really wasn’t any need for such a struggle! Geeeeeeeez…

      I’m also so happy to hear you’re finding meditation and yoga helpful, and wonder which meditation practice you’re using? I’ve so far only tried yoga – which is better than nothing and about light years further ahead than I was previously, haha, but hope to add that as a more regular practice over the next several months, as well – and if you do come across the Harvard study I would be most interested in seeing it (but also TOTALLY understand the memory thing, too – don’t get me started, we’ll be here all day)!

      Thanks again! And happy meditating to you, too. 🙂