A lot of people had a question about my last post on my improbable success in building a daily meditation habit.
Specifically, they wanted to know what was so special about that iPhone app I used to get started?
Well, first of all, the success came from the meditation program, which just happens to be accessible from your smartphone (e.g. iPhone).
The smartphone app lets you access a meditation program, where a fellow named Andy Puddicombe guides you through your meditation. The first part of the program is free, where he gives you a solid introduction to meditation, and then guides you for 10 minutes a day for 10 days.
After the first 10 days, you can either keep listening to the same guided meditation and stick to 10 minutes a day. Or you can sign up for the yearly subscription, which is about $95.
Andy Puddicombe’s guidance is TOTALLY worth $95 for a year. He has a very soothing and compassionate voice that helps you stay as focused as possible. So there’s that. Which is huge, at least for me.
But, more importantly, if you continue with the subscription program Andy will guide you on carefully orchestrated path: so each day builds on the prior day, and over time he adds new techniques in slowly and steadily. This makes it easy for you to progress, and yet not get bored or restless, which is the reason most people get frustrated with meditation and give up.
And so you’re probably wondering: why should you listen to some guy named Andy Puddicombe? Well, it’s not just because he has soothing British accent, or because his course is available on your smartphone. No, that’s trivial.
Andy Puddicombe spent 10 years as a monk at a Tibetan monastery in the Himalayas (becoming fully ordained), so he knows a lot about meditation. But the main reason you should listen to Andy Puddicombe is that he can teach the skill of meditation.
Yes, meditation is a skill. And it can be learned, especially if you have a wonderful guide like Andy.
All you have to provide is a desire, and then try some basic meditation for 10 minutes a day for 10 days. Preferably, first thing in the morning, before the chaos of everyday life starts eating away at you.
If you’ve ever tried meditation, or even thought about trying it, then I highly recommend you click here and see if Headspace can help you create a successful meditation habit (or watch Andy Puddicombe’s TED talk).
You are one step away from finding out how a small but powerful habit can change your life.
I know because meditation is definitely changing mine.
By the way, if you find it hard to start doing meditation it may be due to that little voice in your head.