Posted at 12:34 p.m., March 7

Meditation app provides more relaxed thinking

People stress, it’s what we do. A lot of us also procrastinate, judge and deny ourselves sleep on a regular basis. Bad habits can’t always be solved in a bottle or with a calendar, but sometimes, just taking a moment is all that it takes to get us back in the right frame of mind to get through the things we have to do.

Meditation comes in all shapes and sizes. An app called “Headspace” is determined to train the brain into taking that pause that it really needs to get itself back in gear.

If you are soothed by the relaxed murmurs of a very British man, this app might tickle your fancy. The very first exercise really just focuses on breathing and the feeling of your body when one breathes. It consisted of a 10-minute recording of the British man lulling the listener into a haze. Admittedly, listening to him made me very sleepy and I couldn’t quite tell if that was part of the goal or not.

Personal experience with meditation

It really is a gentle form of lead meditation. My mother used to do these all the time and as a kid I found them quite irritating. As an adult, I find them quite conducive to a more organized atmosphere. As a child introduced to meditation, I thought of it as another excuse for my mom to try and get me to sit. And in a wit it was, but she was also trying to get me into the habit of relaxing.

Once my aunt and my cousin, who was about 6 at the time, were meditating on the front lawn. He began to fall asleep when a bird relieved itself on the back of his neck with a hot, sharp splat. That put an end to his meditation habits.

I, however was much less patient than my cousin, and found the mere suggestion of sitting down and trying to relax frustrating. I still do, as a matter of fact. Being told to sit still and breathe when I’m busy invokes more stress than it relieves. It’s probably due to my lack of practice, but after 10-days with the app, I did feel a bit more organized in my thoughts, but probably not as much as the app advertised.

This app only has these daily meditations recordings for the first 10-day trial, however with a monthly subscription of $12.99, the listener can receive a number of different recordings pertaining to several subjects such as health and fitness, relationships, time management and more.

I really wish that this app gave a taste of what these other recordings had to offer, because the little daily recording about breathing didn’t encourage me to spend the $13 a month to enjoy the other functions. Maybe if I knew of what more this app had to offer, I would encourage people to buy it, but as it is, no. I also think that $13 is a little steep. Maybe around $4 or $5 I could see, but double digits of any kind are a bit pricy just to have some British man whisper sweet nothings into your ear. No matter how soothing his accent.

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