I’ve been using a meditation app called Headspace every day. It’s been an incredible experience. For those who are new to meditation, the Headspace app is perfectly comfortable. It isn’t religious, preachy or strange. It is simply a calming, easy way to train your mind to focus and find peace.
The app offers 10 free 10-minute meditations, and guides you through each one. 10 minutes doesn’t seem long, but it is surprisingly difficult to focus. That’s why training our minds is important.
One of the greatest lessons I’ve taken away from the Headspace app is the ability to watch my thoughts without judging them.
The app explains that our thoughts are like passing cars in the road. Ideas, memories, anger, pleasure, sex, hope, dreams, things we remember we’re supposed to do tomorrow, feelings about things we should be doing right now—they all pass through our minds.
The temptation is to jump out and stop the cars that we don’t like. So we jump into the road and try to stop “anger” or “sadness”. Then we find ourselves struggling even more with those cars. If you’ve ever tried to stop a car in the road, you know it’s very difficult.
But it’s okay to feel what we’re feeling. When meditating, you can simply observe your own thoughts. Sit by the side of the road and watch the cars pass. Don’t judge them or try to stop any of them. Just be present and see what happens.
If you’d like to try the Headspace app, you can get it here.