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Sergei

Im a big fan of guided meditation myself, although cant say its had much help in getting me to stick to my running schedule so far!

Have you tried Andy Puddicombe's own Headspace app? Worth a look if your a fan - it makes it easy to do on lunch breaks or in the car (not when driving obviously!). I use it on my HTC phone and there used to be a free trial... http://www.getsomeheadspace.com/shop/headspace-meditation-app.aspx

Im hoping over time it will give me the imeptus to keep training, espcially after a hard days work!

Caz

Hi Kathy
I've been following and enjoying your blog for a while now but am woeful at leaving comments - sorry - but this post really spoke to me. I've been using Andy's 'Headspace' app on my iPhone for about eight months now. For the first five months I did it religiously every morning when I got out of bed (and I'm not a morning person!) but recently I've only been managing once or twice a week so I could do with a buddy!
I can't tell you how much of a difference it has made to my life. I have suffered from anxiety for as long as I can remember but these days I'm reality free of it. I sleep better, work better and feel better all round so really want to keep going.
Hope all is well in your world and I'll happily pop back from time to time to see how you're going with the meditation.

Kathy Zadrozny

Sergei - I've tried the Headspace app and liked it, but eventually found that his guiding would snap me out of my "zone." I'm now using a meditation timer that I can customize with different chimes. Has Headspace been working past the initial 10 days for you?

Caz - Did you end-up paying for the Headspace app? The Take 10 sessions were a bit buggy on my phone. While I found them helpful, I wanted to move on to something else. I haven't been very good at meditating everyday since I finished Take 10, but I have been doing 15mins at least twice a week. I really should get back to doing it every morning though! Have you been able to get onto the once a day track?

Caz

Yes, Kathy I did end up paying for a years worth of sessions (think it was just under $100 Australian) and according to the progress chart I've done 126 so far! After I did the Take 10, Take 15 and Take 20 sessions I did the Discovery series and the Mind series which basically go through different ways of meditating and I'm now up to the Creativity series which I'm really looking forward to. I think they are about to do a sort of re-launch with more variety of content, lengths etc so it might be worth having another look in a month or so.

As to the every day question I'm still a bit of a slacker at heart and as my only real time to do it is before everyone gets up in the morning these dark mornings are a killer. Daylight Savings finishes here in Melbourne this weekend so lighter mornings are on their way and I'll have no excuse not to re-commit!

Kathy Zadrozny

Caz,

The dark mornings have been killer on my motivation, so I feel you there. Thanks for letting me know about the other series in the app. I was curious about the Discovery and Creativity ones and will have to keep an eye out for the possible revamp they are doing. I just found that UCLA has some free guided meditations online here: http://marc.ucla.edu/body.cfm?id=22&utm_source=goop+issue&utm_campaign=d2c5c2c818-278_goop_mag_15_4_3_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5ad74d5855-d2c5c2c818-4625177

I haven't listened to them yet though.

Caz

Thanks for the tip Kathy I'll check them out too. I've been thinking about what you said about too much talking on the app taking you out of the 'zone' and I know what you mean. There have been times when I felt that way too but in hindsight I think Headspace is really a course in learning 'how' to meditate rather than just a series of meditations and I think that's been my 'aha' moment and why it's worked for me. In the past I've always been discouraged when I couldn't just follow a guided meditation but I now look on that as being akin to turning up at a tap dancing class and being surprised that I can't tap right away! I'm sure you'll find something just right for you too. Either way we still have knitting! http://edition.cnn.com/2014/03/25/health/brain-crafting-benefits/
Some Stich and Stretch in France doesn't look too bad either:
http://www.littlefrenchretreat.com/retreats/knitting-and-yoga/

Kathy Zadrozny

Caz, Thanks for the articles. I always found knitting very zen like.

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