I have often tried to learn meditation and sat for countless hours (well minutes of hours) trying to reach a state that resembles meditation but to be honest I have yet to succeed. Usually I get disenchanted after a few attempts and forget all about any form of meditation and as a result it leaves me wondering if it is all bogus or am I missing out on a valuable method to help my mind and so by extension my health.
I was therefore really happy to see an app called Headspace recommended by Tim Ferris author of 4 Hour Work Week, on his podcast, that helps him meditate.
Ok so what is Headspace?
Here’s how the makers of this app describe it (capital letters is their idea not mine)
HEADSPACE — YOUR GYM MEMBERSHIP FOR THE MIND™
Headspace is your very own personal trainer, here to help you train your mind. You can even fit us in your pocket with our FREE app.
How can mindfulness and meditation help you?
People have been meditating for thousands of years. But while the practice is not new, science is just catching up to its benefits. Recent studies show meditation and mindfulness can have a positive impact on stress, anxiety, focus, creativity and even relationships. We’ll teach you how to meditate, what you do with it is up to you.
Even a brief mindfulness meditation practice, for as little as three consecutive days, has been shown to ALLEVIATE PSYCHOLOGICAL STRESS.
Neuroscientists found that, after just 11 combined hours of meditation, practitioners had STRUCTURAL CHANGES in the part of the brain involved in monitoring FOCUSand SELF-CONTROL.4
In fact, research shows that, compared with people who didn’t meditate, meditation practitioners STAY ON TASK longer, switch between tasks less frequently, and enjoy their tasks more.5
Research shows that meditation promotes divergent thinking, a style of thought that brings diverse elements together to
GENERATE NEW IDEAS.
RIDE OUT ANXIETY
People who undergo mindfulness-based training report feeling
LESS WORRY AND ANXIETY.
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ANYTIME, ANYPLACE, ANYWHERE
On your mobile and tablet, you can listen toHeadspace on the go and download sessions to use offline. On your computer, you can playany session, any time.
A HEALTHIER, HAPPIER, MORE ENJOYABLE LIFE
In scientific studies meditation has been shown to have a myriad of benefits. Yes, a myriad.
YOU’RE IN GREAT COMPANY
Join over 5 million users already getting some Headspace. Map your journey, track your progress, and get rewards as you go. You can even buddy up with friends and motivate each other along the way.
Your Headspace Journey.
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