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• Coping With Stress and Difficult Thoughts and Feelings
Headspace is an award-winning meditation app with 11 million downloads. I first downloaded it myself 6/4/17 after hearing yet another person rave about it. I’m only 2 days into it, but from the reviews I’ve read and from my own experience so far, I think I’ll subscribe because a) it’s great, and b) it seems to be very effective in getting users to actually follow through, which has been my problem in the past. The first 10 days are free, but after that, there is a monthly fee. Sign up for a year’s worth for about $100 as of 6/5/17.
FROM A JULY 2015 NEW YORKER ARTICLE: The Higher Life
Andy Puddicombe, a forty-two-year-old British meditation teacher, (is the originator of Headspace). Puddicombe trained as a Tibetan Buddhist monk before creating an iPhone app called Headspace, which teaches meditation and mindfulness techniques. Since 2012, when the app launched, Headspace has been downloaded by three million users. Among its acolytes are Richard Branson, who put the company’s meditation exercises on Virgin Airlines flights, and the Seattle Seahawks. The Times has written that Puddicombe is “doing for meditation what someone like Jamie Oliver has done for food.”
The app begins with a free sample program: ten minutes of meditation exercises for ten days. After that, it costs thirteen dollars a month, for meditation “packs” with titles like “Focus” and “Self-Esteem.” The app has a slick, pastel-colored interface—no Buddhas or rushing waterfalls. Instead, you get Puddicombe’s voice—“Hi, my name’s Andy”—chatting amiably about “training the mind,” which sounds at least as wholesome as a juice cleanse.
The rest of the Headspace app consists of three hundred and fifty hours’ worth of guided meditation lessons, delivered by Puddicombe. The basics of mindfulness meditation are easy to find—you can download instructions from the Web. But, Puddicombe told Brzezinski at thrive, “I liken it to driving a car. It’s helpful to have someone sit there with you at first.”
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