Meditation App – Changing to Calm.com

Last week I wrote a post about getting into Meditation and testing out the Headspace application and applying it to My Morning Routine.  It’s a great application, but it was just ok for me… Here’s why:

Headspace, I could see being particularly great for women because it’s this Australian dude’s voice calmly guiding you through your first time meditating and nurturing your spiritual growth.

What I pictured was this… a much scrawnier version of Russell Crowe leading you down a path of self-exploration with 9 out of 10 on the creepy scale cartoon puppet robot things bouncing in and out every so often.

headspace_guy

I’m not bad mouthing this application, it is actually a really great application particularly for tracking progress and teaching beginners, but that’s just the image that comes to my mind – and some people might dig that kind of thing.  Plus the little elf-like, clown-like, bow-tie wearing Teletubby reincarnate gave me the heebie-jeebies.

So… I’ve since revived an old favorite mediation resource that I’ve used previously, introducing…

Calm.com

just breathe….

Reasons I Prefer Calm.com

  • The woman’s voice is super calming to me
  • It has a great mobile and web interface
  • It doesn’t try to sell me on meditating or require me to sign up, it’s an option
  • It gets right to the point, go to http://www.calm.com and you can start meditating in under 5 seconds
  • It has multiple different categories of guided meditations
  • If you don’t need a guide, it will simply be your timer

The Categories they Offer:

  • 7 Days of Calm (beginner track)
  • Calm (the core product)
  • Anxiety Release
  • Compassion
  • Confidence
  • Creativity
  • Energy
  • Focus
  • Forgiveness
  • Gratitude
  • Inner Peace
  • Inner Strength
  • Motivation
  • Positivity
  • Self-Acceptance
  • Sleep – yes Sleep!

My Approach:

  • Calm.com is now officially part of My Morning Routine
  • I take 2-10 minutes, the moment I wakeup, and select a category for the day
  • In the mornings – I’m generally taking the Energy or Motivation path – but I change it up, no biggie
  • Usually in the evening I’ll take 2-10 min as part of My Bedtime Routine – and love doing the Sleep version.

and that’s my product pitch of the day – just going to put it out in the universe – I want to be paid for product endorsements I believe in some day.

Happy Meditating!

Testing HeadSpace – Meditation App

As I continue to refine and reiterate My Morning Routine, I keep hearing 1 topic come up consistently among highly effective CEO’s, founders, entrepreneurs, self-starters, and various other people I look up to:

MEDITATION

What’s that you say granola-head?  You want me to meditate?  Like repeatedly chant Ohmmmmm and connect deeply with past incarnations of myself – no thanks, not for me – that kind of stuff is for Ace Ventura.

AAAAhhhhaahhhaahhaallll-RIGHTY THEN

Sure, it’s safe to say meditation is not for everyone – nothing ever is… However, I find in my personal life that my mind is constantly bombarded with ideas, thoughts, and external stimuli and sometimes I just feel cloudy and need some SPACE!  Well that is exactly what Headspace is setup to solve.  Headspace is an application that walks the ultra beginner meditator through some guided, thought clearing exercises that take just 10 min a day and leave you feeling at peace.  You can get started for free and everything can be done from your mobile device.  I am testing it into my routine for the next 10 days to see if it fits.

Many experts and high performers swear by meditation as a daily or multiple days a week practice.  This post isn’t meant to convince you that meditation is the way – you can make your own call on that.  However, I am going to recommend that if you’ve always thought about trying out meditation and have heard good things, this would be a good place to get started.  Plus, who doesn’t have 10 minutes in their Morning Routine they can spare?