“Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgementally” – Jon Kabat-Zinn
I have installed and uninstalled meditation apps on my phone many, many times over but have never committed to any of them. Yet I am hoping the Mindfulness app can steer me onto the right path and keep me motivated.
Finding the time to meditate between looking after two extremely energetic children, cooking dinner, spending time with my husband, housework and trying to fit in a chapter or three of the latest book I’m reading (Silence of the Lambs for those that are interested) is.. challenging. And lets face it motivation has never been my strong suit. I’m always too busy thinking about the next project. Always have an excuse as to why I can’t. At the end of my day all I want to do is sit on the couch and watch my stories or read my book. Absurdly sitting there and meditating just seems like too much of an effort. But with a brain like mine, that is always in hyperactive mode and looking to the future, turning it off for a few minutes and being in the present is really difficult.
But this journey is all about working on the things I can do better and becoming a better and more mindful me.
So enter the Mindfulness app. It’s got everything a beginner like me needs. A five-day introduction to mindfulness and guided practise. Timed sessions up to 30 minutes that can be silent or guided. Statistics to help you keep track of your mediation journey. What I appreciate the most is the meditation reminders and mindful notices. For the mindful notices the little icon can pop up on your notification bar between 1 to 5 times a day and gives you a friendly reminder to just take a breath.. When doing battle all day with a 2-year-old and a 1-year-old that is an absolute blessing.
It also has premium content which includes unlimited access to hundreds of guided meditations across a range of topics. This content is a little steep for me at US$9.99 a month or US$59.99 for 12 months. I think I will just stick to the no fuss beginner meditations thank you very much!
I am up to day 4 of the introduction and admittedly I have not kept up with it everyday. I like to do it just before I go to sleep and when I am too tired I don’t bother. But Rome wasn’t built in a day and I am optimistic I will stick with it..
I will keep you posted on how I am going on my mindful odyssey.