Headspace Review

*note* This is not a paid endorsement. I have no received any monetary compensation for this review. This is just a review that I have done on my own volition. Plus…I’m trying to step up my writing game.

A few months ago, I was at the Brooklyn Night Bazaar. Actually…it was my birthday (so yeay! Happy super belated birthday to me, and thank you very much!). My boyfriend and I were waiting for a band to start performing, and I was fiddling around on my phone. I was reading an article from the Pocket app, I think it was from Life Hacker. I don’t remember what the article was about, but it mentioned something called Headspace, which was a meditation app where you could meditate in as little as ten minutes. I was intrigued, and wanted to try it out as soon as I got home.

I was home at around 2 or 3 in the morning, and I lay in bed, checking out the app. The concept seemed very simple – learn how to meditate in ten minutes. You start off watching a few cute little videos explaining the science behind meditation and comparing meditation to sitting by the side of the road, and your thoughts are like cars. When you initially start meditating, your brain goes into overdrive, and you try to start controlling your thoughts by trying to “stop” them, which just ends up making a train wreck. 

My first time I did it, I was so restful and peaceful afterwards. And for the first few weeks, I would actually fall asleep during the middle of the meditation, only to be awakened afterwards. And to my surprise, I realized that the brief sleep that I would get was actually much more restful than the six or seven hours that I would get at night! Of course, you aren’t “supposed” to fall asleep during meditation, but that’s ok. Hint – it helps not to lie down!

There is a “Take 10” package, which is free, and it is 10 sessions with 10 minute meditations. There are other sessions, such as Take 20, Creativity, and a bunch of other things. For those looking for something deeper, there are subscription plans, all to suit what you want and how serious you are. There are monthly, yearly, bi yearly, and a forever subscription. I would recommend you try to monthly, which is $12,95 just once, to see how you like it. For me, I have tried the monthly and for having such a great peace/piece of mind, I think the price is actually worth it.

 

After doing Headspace, I found myself being much less stress and neurotic than I normally am. I have completely shed the silly notions and expectations of what meditation is. Plus, sometimes, when I just feel/see nothing but darkness and quietness, And then my mind will say, “Oh my god! You’re meditating!” And instead of getting upset, I just smile, laugh to myself, and go back to meditating. And it really spills into the rest of your life. I find myself automatically relaxing when I feel myself tensing up for whatever reason. And it’s great.

 

So give Headspace a try. You can get it on your phone, and also your computer. Your head will be less cloudy and you won’t feel like ripping your hair out (as much). 

Writing, writing, writing!!!

Over the past few weeks, I have been feverishly writing as much as possible. I’m trying to write up this novella, which should be done in the next few days. Super excited. I have mixed feelings about this, considering how long it’s been since starting and that it’s almost done. It’s a bit of literary dementia, seeing characters everywhere, or seeing yourself in certain situations and asking yourself, “What would he/she do?” And it’s all coming to and end! It’s like seeing a long lost friend, in there nice little home in some exotic location, and then it’s time to leave. And you know that you won’t be seeing them for a long time. Such a bittersweet moment.

But I have other things to look forward to as well. I have two more story ideas that I will be working on as soon as this novella is over. I also have the “Draven” story that I’ve been putting off because of my editor, who I haven’t seen in such a long time. Then there’s a few comedy sketch ideas that I would love to work on. I consider myself a (somewhat) funny person, but by no means a comedian. I would freeze up if I were ever heckled, and I’m not quick/witty enough to do improv. So I will just stick to writing. I don’t have a lot of experience with comedy writing, but it’s fun to do the research on it, as well as collaborating with others. 

 

Which reminds me…I should be getting back to work! 

I Keep Realizing That…

There seems to be a central theme in some of my writings lately. I keep referring back to that scene in “Sex and the City,” where Carrie is blathering to Aiden, when he tells her that you broke my heart. I think that was a very powerful scene. I’m not used to men on TV (or real life, for that matter), telling women that their hearts have been broken.

There’s a scene in the novella that I’ve been writing, I wrote it about three years ago, and he’s having one of those moments. He wants to tell his ex that he ruined her for a bit, but realizes that it’s pointless. She’s fickle, and possibly a drug addict, or maybe recovering addict, but still. She doesn’t quite get the depth of the damage she had done to his psyche, but he tries covering it up by his coolness and pretentiousness. 

 

Good news! I should be done with this damned novella very soon. Maybe by next week. I feel so relieved, that it’s finally over. I feel like I’ve been giving birth to this damned thing for over three years, and I just want to get rid of it. Or maybe hold it in my arms and raise it. That was weird. 

 

Later! 😀