Meditation has become a word that’s thrown around so loosely and inaccurately in this world. That’s why we are so confused about how to practise it. Some people use the word meditate when they mean thinking or contemplating; others use it to refer to daydreaming or fantasizing. However, meditation (dhyana) is not any of these.
What is Meditation?
Meditation is a precise technique for resting the mind and attaining a state of consciousness that is totally different from the normal waking state. It is the means for fathoming all the levels of ourselves and finally experiencing the centre of consciousness within. Meditation is not a part of any religion; it is a science, which means that the process of meditation follows a particular order, has definite principles, and produces results that can be verified. ~yogainternational
Headspace is a digital service that provides guided meditation sessions and mindfulness training. Its content can be accessed online, or via their mobile apps. In April 2016, Headspace claimed to have over 6 million people using the app. That’s a lot of people! 😮
Headspace was founded in May 2010, by Andy Puddicombe and Rich Pierson. Puddicombe is a former Buddhist monk, and Pierson has a background in marketing and new brand development.
Puddicombe cut short his university studies in Sports Science at the age of 22, and travelled to Asia to become a Buddhist monk. Over the course of ten years, his meditation training took him to Nepal, India, Burma, Thailand, Australia and Russia. He was fully ordained at a Tibetan Monastery in the Himalayas. In 2004 he returned to the UK on a mission “to make meditation accessible, relevant and beneficial to as many people as possible”. It was whilst running a meditation clinic in London that he met his future business partner, Rich Pierson. “We both thought, how could we present meditation in a way that our friends would genuinely give it a try? Rich had all these creative skills, and I had the experience as a monk. I think that was the light bulb moment with Headspace, the coming together of those two backgrounds”.
Headspace began as an events company, holding mindfulness talks in and around London. Demand from attendees for a way to share these techniques led to Puddicombe and Pierson looking into developing a mobile app, with the first version of the Headspace app launching in 2012. Headspace now employs over 50 staff, working between the company HQ in Los Angeles and London, UK. –Wikipedia
That was like four lines from me till now. 😅
Now here’s a list of things I like and don’t like about this App after using it for over one week.
Things I Liked
- It’s Free
- No Ads, kinda
- Clean and Simple UI
- The Animations
- The Quotes
It’s Free! Yipee! Not exactly, It’s free for the most part. You can listen to the three minute, five minute and ten minutes sessions for free. To be honest, that’s really all you need. If you are into meditation you can buy the subscription for $7.99 /month (Annual), $12.99/month (Monthly) and $399.99 (Lifetime).
I know that there’s a full chance that Ad’s may get involved at some point in the future, but at present, it’s subscription-based, always a better model according to me. But, Headspace got to chill out with their subscription prompts, like seriously! 😑
It’s really easy to navigate around the app, find courses and new sessions. Also, keeping track of your progress is easy and simple.
Meditation can be a really boring form of exercise, the Animations make it so much better. They make understanding the concepts of meditation, Fun.
The Quotes make it even more fun and are great for motivating first-time meditators. My favourite among them happens to be this. 👇
Meditation isn’t about getting rid of your thoughts. It’s about learning how to be at ease with them.
You know this, I’m a big quotes guy. 😅
That’s was the things I liked. Now, every app has some good and some bad features.
Here’s a list of things I wish should get improved.
Things I didn’t Like
- Not a lot of Content to Consume
- No Social Profiles
- No Group Practise Sessions
I get it that it’s a business and their revenue model is based on subscription, but at least a 30-day free trial should be available where you can experience and fully understand the benefits of subscribing. Amazon is a great example of how to get people to subscribe, I used Amazon as a normal customer for 3 years and then after using the Prime Membership, I can’t go back to the normal customer status. I just love the benefits of being a Prime customer. But if there’s not enough content to consume you don’t really have a choice but to switch platforms.
The idea of having a community build with your friends who practice as regularly as you do is so much fun. I think by adding a social place within the app or by integrating some other social media platform with the app, HeadSpace has a long way to go.
I understand that HeadSpace is meant to increase the convenience of doing meditation whenever you get the opportunity. But, we are humans, we are social beings, and there’s power in numbers.
Just as music gets better when you have someone else to dance with to the same beat, a similar experience can be achieved by tapping into the same silence and source of peace at the same time. In fact, recorded ECG results show that brainwaves synchronize while meditating.
(Suggested Read: 6 Reasons Why Group Meditation Is Awesome!)
Let’s get to it. Should you install and start using Headspace App or not? Well, it depends if you have been practising meditation for a long time to an audio clip then you’re probably better there. But, if you are just jumping into this world then definitely Headspace is worth a try.
See all the things I didn’t like can be improved over the upcoming updates.
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