By Victoria Cantore | Images courtesy of Headspace
I’m no Nostradamus, but if you ask me, the buzzword for 2014 is going to be “mindfulness.” Stress and over-caffeination used to be the status quo. These days, you drop an F bomb and somebody’s handing you a bottle of kombucha tea, telling you to “practice mindfulness.”
Don’t get me wrong, our newfound awareness of the dangers of stress is a wonderful thing. I myself am a prime candidate for mindfulness meditation. I’ll never forget the time I told my mother I’d been struggling with anxiety. “You don’t have anxiety,” she told me. “It’s called being Italian.” Then I became a lawyer, and learned what anxiety really is.
So yes, Society, I’d love to be more mindful, if it keeps me from waking up in the middle of the night running through to-do lists. But how do you do it, where do you start? I fall asleep during the meditation part of my yoga class. I couldn’t even get past the “Eat” in Eat Pray Love.
Headspace is an app that connects you to a brave new world of mindfulness meditation. Fanciful cartoons and videos tell you what meditation is, what it isn’t, and how to do it properly. The app offers a variety of guided meditation programs to choose from (the free Take 10 series is a very good place to start!). The voice of Headspace, Andy Puddicombe, is as calming as he is effective. Maybe it’s how he anticipated the very moment my mind began to wander, reassuring me that it was okay. Maybe it’s his delightful British accent. Maybe it’s because he used to be a monk.