My Personal Journey into Meditation

#HeadspacePartner If you’re like me and someone mentions the word meditation, the first thing that comes to mind is a yogi sitting with their eyes closed and legs crisscrossed while saying “OM” – cue the eye roll. I’ve always been skeptical of meditating but admittedly it’s because I’ve never really tried it. My husband, on the other hand, swears by it and tells me he feels a bit out of sorts when he misses a day. When Headspace reached out to me and asked if I was interested in documenting and sharing my meditation journey, I immediately said yes. I was getting little sleep because of my teething daughter, stressed about the up-coming holidays, and anxious about my new job. What did I have to lose?

I downloaded the Headspace app, answered a few quick questions and a couple of minutes later, I was fully immersed in my first mediation exercise. I found it difficult to let my mind fully unwind, but the app assured me that’s completely normal in the beginning. After my initial session, the breathing exercises made my body and mind feel a little bit lighter. It honestly felt good to take a few minutes out of my day just to focus on myself.

After completing “The Basics” (comprised of 10 introductory sessions that can range between 3-10 minutes long), I concluded that meditating isn’t as hard as I thought it would be! I am currently in the middle of “Basics 2” and although my journey is still very much a work in progress, I can say that my overall state is a bit calmer. My goals I hope to achieve from meditation are to relax, slow down, be more present and appreciate all that surrounds me.

I like using the app because it has a clean, simplistic style and a user-friendly interface so it doesn’t overwhelm newbies like me! There are lots of other areas of the app that I still have to explore, including meditation courses that help with specific areas such as self-esteem, anxiety, personal growth, and much more. There are also mindfulness practices for daily occurrences like walking, as well as wind-down exercises and “sleepcasts”. I think Headspace is a great app to try, especially for beginners like me, who want to meditate but don’t know how to start.

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