I have just finished doing Take 10 through Headspace.
“Headspace is a project designed to demystify meditation. Using the wonders of science and technology, we make it easy-to-learn, fun-to-do, and relevant to your everyday life.”
Take 10 involves taking 10 minutes a day for 10 days. It is free online and through an app. It took me slightly longer than 10 days, but I still felt the benefit of it. If you sign up to the emails you get codes to get money off. I am about to sign up for a year with 50% off! I have thought about it a few times and have decided that I want to do this as there are different meditations for every day of the year so no repeats
I have tried it once before and do like it. I just find it difficult to do it at the same time everyday. I tried lunchtimes and before bed. I am thinking I might have to do it first thing in the morning.
This is something I have been working on for a while and have been thinking about mindfulness for longer than that. Since being dianosed with depression I have come to realise the importance of thoughts an feelings and how they influence my behaviour. I have also realised that ignoring thoughts and feeling is not the way to go. So striking a balance between acknowledging them and not letting them dictate your behaviour is what I am striving for.
I am not good at sitting and meditating. I need something to do. I know, I know, pretty much the opposite of what meditation is about. But I like structure so Take 10 and the follow on of Take 15 and Take 20 suit me. They provide the structured time and the guidance during that time. I can schedule it in
I also think it is about slowing down. I often find I am so busy I hate everything, even if I know I enjoy it really. Taking some time out every day is helpful and calming. However I do not beat myself up if I miss a day. I know the benefits of it, so I am already losing those by not doing it. But life gets in the way sometimes. I like doing it when everything is okay, but struggle on those days I feel low. So I know this is where I need to work on as I know it will help with those feelings.
This is about taking time out from all the things I have to do to do something I want to do!