Mindfulness is the practice of focussing on the feelings, emotions and experience of the moment. It’s one of the tools we suggest for you to manage your mental wellbeing, but it is something that is of most benefit when practiced regularly. Headspace (www.headspace.com) offers online guided meditations that you can tailor to fit your routine. There is a website as well as an app for your phone or tablet meaning you can access the meditations in whatever space you feel most comfortable.
Newcomers to the service complete a foundation course introducing the basic concepts of meditation. The first ten days are available free, to give you an opportunity to try it out and practice is supported by videos and animations. The layout is attractive and easy to use.
After this initial phase, a diverse range of subjects and techniques become available, covering health, relationships and improving personal skills such as memory and creativity. The meditations and videos are all narrated by Headspace founder Andy Puddicombe, a mindfulness expert (we stock his book through the Penny Brohn Shop if you’re not confident with computers). His voice and manner are encouraging and relaxing, and he makes for a winning companion as you work your way through the exercises.
Where headspace really scores over buying a CD is in scale. There are between 10 and 30 meditations in each area. This is enough to avoid it becoming repetitive and gives a real sense of achievement when you complete a topic. You can easily switch between the many available topics if a particular technique doesn’t suit you. The app also allows you to link to friends for support, and even set up alarms to remind you to be mindful during the day.
Fees are around £60 for a year, which gives access to an amazing volume of material. For anyone interested in following mindfulness as a long term commitment, this service is well worth the subscription.
Two years after we first reviewed Headspace, the app has come on a very long way, taking the athletic and business world by storm. Not only is the app great for coping with high-pressure work environments, it can provide strong emotional support too.
Unlike several other meditations, Headspace doesn’t focus on the spirituality of meditation. Each audio track is led by a straightforward teacher that helps you learn the basics of breathing and visualisation, to form a version of mediation that could be done from a secular viewpoint.
As talked about in our previous review, ‘mindfulness is the practice of focusing on the feelings, emotions and experience of the moment’. It’s one of the tools we suggest for you to manage your mental wellbeing, and is something that is of most benefit when practiced regularly.
The app has recently undergone an upgrade and you can now listen both on a desktop and on the app itself. Newcomers to Headspace are offered 3 basic packs of ten free meditations, so that they can try out the service. Once you are signed up to the service, a wider range of subjects and techniques become available, covering health, relationships and improving personal skills such as memory and creativity.
After your trial, if you would like to sign up it costs just £9.99 a month or £5.99 a month when billed annually. Or, if you’re really convinced, you can shell out for a lifetime of relaxation for £299.99. If you’re interested, click here.