How to practice mindfulness for 10 minutes a day: What is Headspace?

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Even if you have no clue how or where to start, I’m going to show you my favorite online resource for getting started.

Almost 3 months ago, early January, I made a video titled How to Practice Mindfulness in a Digital World. It was a video intended for beginners because I was a beginner. And I’m still a beginner but I’m here to say that with some practice, it becomes much easier to practice. Like most things that we do repeatedly, it starts to become muscle memory.

Just a quick update: Mindfulness is defined as the intentional, accepting, non-judgmental focus of one’s attention on the emotions, thoughts and sensations occurring at the present moment.

In my book, Mindfulness in a Modern Day, I devote a chapter to meditation. I am hear to tell you that I’m the least likely candidate for successful meditation! My husband would testify that my brain is so constantly moving. Relaxation is not a natural state for me.

I happened upon a TEDtalks with Andy Puddicomb, founder of Headspace where he talks about dong nothing for 10 minutes. I’ve included a link to this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8QgrGW0tfE8

After more homework, I want to share with you more info about Headspace. It is an awesome resource for someone, such as myself with absolutely no clue. Let’s take a quick look. Headspace is meditation made simple. Learn online, when you want, where ever you are. Andy says that the busier you are, the more you need meditation. Most of us can find 10 minutes. There are so many benefits to your health, focus, creativity, productivity and more. You’ll want to download the free app to your mobile devices. I’ve spent all of my time thus far in the free Take 10 program which is 10 minutes for 10 day tutorial. Andy guides you for those 10 minutes. After 1 time, I felt a noticeable difference in my state of mind. He recommends doing it in the morning but so far I haven’t been able to do that. It’s too hectic. I’m sure Andy would argue that the hectic nature would increase the importance of starting the day on the right foot. I’ve been practicing at night.

You can also subscribe and gain access to hundred of hours of guided meditation by category ranging from 10 minutes to 60 minutes. Before you subscribe, you’ll definitely want to use the Take 10 free starter guide. And after that, I’d recommend buying one month before committing for any additional length of time to make sure it’s something that will work for you and that you’ll use. If you aren’t going to access the features regularly, then it might not be worth the money for you. Please check out Headspace at https://www.headspace.com/

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