Obviously, this post ought to be titled “Do Not Knit to This: Do Absolutely Nothing for Ten Minutes.”
This is a quick visit with Andy Puddicombe, a guy who has explored meditation to the point of spending ten years at a Buddhist monastery. Since then, he has taken it upon himself to develop an app, Headspace, that is a tool for encouraging a daily experience with meditation. It’s a high-tech solution to what is surely the lowest-tech practice possible: sitting silently for ten minutes with your eyes closed. But hey—who doesn’t love a good app, right? Apparently it is very popular among the Silicon Valley set, according to The New Yorker.
A good friend of mine mentioned Headspace to me a few weeks ago, says it has helped her develop a daily mindfulness practice. Has anyone out there used Headspace? Is it worth $4.99 a month (the latest offer they just sent me)?
I have done my share of centering prayer (meditation + Christianity somehow mixed in) (never quite got how) (stopped doing it as a result), mindfulness, and staring vacantly into space. I recall being very moved by a book I read, years ago, called Take Your Time: The Wisdom of Slowing Down by Eknath Easwaran. It’s $12.95, a paperback book, and I still have it. No app update required. No charger. Low-tech solution to my low-tech desire to find some peace in this high-tech world!