Blog #7: Meditation

For this meditation assignment, I do not have any worries, hopes or fears. But what I do hope to get out of this is clarification, along with being calmer, relaxed and thinking more positive. I am also really curious to see the results of being committed to the daily mediations. I personally think that doing a meditation practice every day for at least 10 minutes for two weeks straight would really help me to realize some stress and tension that I have inside me. We were assigned by professor to pick any program of our choosing, but we each needed to explore at least three different apps and make an intentional choice. Therefore, I evaluated three meditation apps before making a choice to which one I will use for the two weeks.

The first mediation app that I chose to evaluate is call Calm. As stated in their official website, “Our mission is to make the world happier and healthier.” I frankly enjoyed when professor used this app in class for meditation. The Calm app consists of 6 features or elements. The first one is Meditate, where you learn the life-changing skill of meditation. The second one is Sleep, where you get more restful sleep and wake up feeling refreshed. The third one is Music, where you get exclusive music to help you focus, relax, and sleep. The fourth one is Body, where you get video lessons on mindful movement and gentle stretching. The fifth one is Masterclass, where you get audio programs taught by world-renowned mindfulness experts. The sixth one is Scenes, where you get nature scenes and sounds to enjoy while relaxing, sleeping, working, or studying.

The second mediation app that I chose to evaluate is call 10% Happier. As stated by their official website, 10% happier consists of features that focuses on the basics, stress, happiness, and sleep. As stated by The Basics, “New to meditation? Get fidgety just thinking about it? Our expert teachers will walk you through the basics, one breath at a time.” As stated by Stress, “Life can be stressful – but meditation is scientifically proven to lower your stress levels. We’ll help you stay balanced when chaos reigns.” As stated by Happiness, “It is possible to increase your capacity for joy, gratitude, and love, no magical thinking required. Our meditations will help you enjoy your life more.” As stated by Sleep, “Our sleep meditations will help you quiet your mind at the end of a long day, so you can get to sleep quickly and wake up refreshed.”

The third mediation app that I chose to evaluated is call Headspace. As stated by their official website, “Headspace was officially launched in 2010 as an events company, but attendees wanted to take what they learned home with them. Andy, Rich, and a small team decided to make Andy’s techniques available online so more people could experience the benefits of meditation anytime, anywhere. And that blossomed into the Headspace you see today: guided meditations, animations, articles, and videos, all in the distinct Headspace style.” The website also goes on to say, “Headspace has one mission: to improve the health and happiness of the world. And with millions of users in more than 190 countries, we are well on our way. Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, we also have offices in San Francisco and London. You can try Headspace for yourself and learn the essentials of meditation and mindfulness with our free Basics course. If you enjoy it, then it is time to subscribe. Once you do, you will have bite-sized minis for when you are short on time, exercises to add extra mindfulness to your day, and hundreds of meditations on everything from stress to sleep.”

The meditation app that consists of guided meditation that I chose to use is Headspace. This app allows you to start a 14-day free trail before paying $5.83 per month, but the app will instead be billed annually for a total of $69.99. I also found that after reading their official website, their story was very moving and touching from the other mediation apps that I evaluated. Therefore, I decided to use this one for the assignment, where I will do one mediation every day for the two weeks and then cancel the subscription right after before it charges my card. I will try a different mediation for at least 10 minutes or more each day, where I will then keep a log of my meditation sessions and reflect the before and after by journaling. When it comes to my schedule for the daily mediations, I cannot say fully because besides doing school full time online, I work full time on the evenings. I hope to do them in the mornings before I get ready to leave for work, although I am not a morning person, or do some during my break at work. I say this because work is somewhat stressful as it is when I work 8 hours a day for 5 days out of the week, along with how I have recently started working double shifts one or two times a week.

3 thoughts on “Blog #7: Meditation”

  1. Ajah, this is such a comprehensive and thoughtful post … thanks for such a great assessment of the different apps and your plan for meditation. Using Headspace sounds like a great choice for you (and very savvy to make the best use of the free trial for this particular project). Which meditations are you going to do for the 14 days? Does Headspace have set programs (structured series) for getting started, or different areas to focus on? If so, have you checked these out?

  2. I can not say which exact meditations that I will be doing, but I want to try different areas of meditations for the 14 days, that consists of guided meditations, meditation for work, sleep, focus, stress, anxiety and more. I think doing meditations on different set programs or structured series for this assignment will give me a sense of balancing everything in my life. But I will only look for the mediations that lasts for at least 10 minutes, and journalize in detail each daily meditations. As stated in my post, “What I do hope to get out of this is clarification, along with being calmer, relaxed and thinking more positive. I am also really curious to see the results of being committed to the daily mediations.”

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