Meditation and mindfulness

As mentioned in my previous blog post, one of the things I’d like to do this year is some more of the 30 day challenges that I’ve dabbled with in the past. In order to get the new year off to a calming and relaxing start I have subscribed, for one month, to Headspace a guided meditation and mindfulness app to see how much meditation or mindfulness could impact on my daily life.

I’m not sure about you, but when I hear ‘meditation’ the picture that springs in my mind is a buddhist monk sat cross-legged, possibly on top of a mountain for hours on end. And although meditation is an important part of the Buddhist religion, it really isn’t much more than allowing yourself time and space in quiet. And I’m good at being quiet!

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In fact, the Headspace app promises me a ‘happier and healthier life’ by using their guided meditations – so what is there to worry about? And although meditation isn’t a word that is often associated with Christianity, it’s not all that far off a quiet time of prayer, that Jesus encouraged us to do in quietness and solitude.

I am not unfamiliar with Headspace, I have worked my way through the free Basics pack on two occasions (a year or so apart) but not with much regularity – doing a bit and then leaving it a fews days (or weeks) and doing a bit more. I can tell you, if mediation is something you haven’t done before the initial reaction it is “I feel totally ridiculous”. I’d encourage you to stick with it because there is benefit in taking time away from the hustle and bustle of every day life, even for just 5 minutes to yourself.

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