Love the app - meditations are very repetitive though
I love the Headspace app and I’m a big fan of Andy’s soothing voice. I’ve now meditated ~35 days in a row, something I was never able to accomplish through other meditation apps. The design is beautiful and I love the animations.
My only feedback is that the courses are very repetitive in terms of the actual structure and guided meditations. While that’s great and I understand it’s helpful to have a similar structure, a 10 min meditation in a course on Happiness and 10 min meditation in a course on Managing Anxiety are about 85% the same except for about 2 min of the session where he talks about the topic. Take deep breaths, close your eyes, feel your room around you, focus on the breath, Andy talks for a min about the topic, bring awareness back to breath, body scan, let go of awareness, bring it back, done. That’s helpful for a very generic meditation, but for these very specific topics, I feel like there should be more techniques used and a bit more difference in what’s asked of the user. I do feel better and relaxed afterwards, but don’t really feel like I’m more prepared to deal with the anxiety. I know I’m more aware of it, which is part of the point, but is that the only point? Again, love the app, just hoping there can be some more added to differentiate and add more value for that topic.
Too pricey for a college kid!
By Nick my name!!
I love this app. I tried the free trial and loved it. The guided meditations really make the work easy and I found myself in a inducing a meditative state without lots of effort. They literally have a guided meditation for any situation or mood so it feels like their library is limitless. Unfortunately my free trial ran out and I bought a few months of headspace. In a way buying the app encouraged me to use it because I was spending my own money so that was good. However, when I moved into my first apartment I didn’t have enough money to keep my subscription going. I would love to buy headspace for life but I just don’t have $300 extra dollars sitting around to spend. I also feel that the subscription is pricey for something i don’t always want to use everyday. On days where I wanted to take a break from using my phone I lost my meditation streak which was disappointing. Sometimes I have a great day and don’t feel the need for headspace, but the subscription still takes the money from my pocket. On days when I really have a particular funky mood headspace is great because I feel like it can guide me through any kind of funk. I just wish it wasn’t so pricey. Buy this app if you like the meditations and have the money, but if you don’t have the dough, free meditation may be the way to go.
You will notice a difference, just be patient with yourself :)
By Tolo of the Sky Clan
I am a medical student and this app has been a really incredible tool for me in my journey on how to calm my thoughts, to be aware of my own narratives about myself and how my mind heated with the world. I used to get mad at myself (and still do sometimes!!) if I found my mind wandering during a meditation, but now I know just realizing that my mind is wandering is such a huge first step on the way to a less spastic and fragmented thought-to-thought jumping nature of mind. Just noticing is a key to being content and feeling peace. But it takes dedication! Amidst my sometimes wild schedule I always try to meditate once per day, and the “daily meditation”, 3 minute version is great. The amount of hours put in is important, but the regularity If a daily practice I think is extremely valuable, so stick with it, you can do it! If you make this a priority and fit it into your day no matter what you will notice a difference after a few weeks, a couple months. But I’ve had to learn to also be patient with myself, sometimes it’s 3 steps forward and 2 steps back. A great gift idea for a friend or loved one. I hope you enjoy, join the movement to build a more beautiful life!
Now a Rewarding and Essential part of my Routine.
I’ve been using the app religiously for about two weeks. After a recent ADD diagnosis, I thought it would be a good idea to start working meditation into my routine, and was willing to invest some resources into the guided regiment on Headspace. The problem had been nearly consuming my life and I was pretty frustrated. I was skeptical of “guided meditation” in particular, because I thought that someone talking you through the meditations through your headphones might defeat the purpose. I also have trouble sitting still in particular.
I have not been disappointed. The app explicitly states that it is not intended to treat or cure attention deficit disorders, and I did not expect it to, but it significantly reduced the the severity of the problem almost overnight. I am also a collegiate music student, and I saw a tremendous difference in my practice routine and quality of playing as well. The content is very well organized and the methodology/philosophy is explained very thoroughly in fun-to-watch animations. I feel the difference at work and among friends. I just now put the app on the main dock in my phone, right beside the phone, messaging, and music apps. It is now a rewarding and essential part of my routine.
Wonderful app, but not as wonderful with accessibility
Headspace is wonderful. There are many options as far as meditations, and such go, and they are always expanding their library, which is amazing to begin with. However, I gave Headspace 3 stars as I am a blind user of Headspace, and the app is really not the most accessible app on earth. I have written to Headspace, and they did make some changes, and it is better than before, but it's still not where it should or could be as far as accessibility goes. I have to touch options sometimes and turn Voice Over off and try touching the same exact spot on my screen and turning Voice Over on again to check if I had done what I had hoped. For an app that's built to help relieve stress and concerns, this aspect of the app definitely tests my ability to just let it slide. But due to the lack of accessibility, and the fact that I am paying for the lack of full accessibility with this app, I give it 3 stars as I think it's a big enough problem to warrant such a ding. However, everything else in and around this app would receive 5 stars. When they fix the access issues, I'll be happy and able to change this review or to add a new one with all 5 stars in place.
Honestly life changing...
By Ghost Totz
As a student, husband, employee, supervisor, manager, etc. life can get ahead of me every single day and honestly will overwhelm me. I have been in a long battle with moderate/severe depression and anxiety disorder, and after medications were only numbing symptoms I thought I was a hopeless case. Something changed and I decided that I wanted to start really doing things in life. I’ve had this app for a while but I finally decided to try to use it more. I started for just sleep, but just sleep turned into using it to wake up, and when I feel stressed about work or when I’m studying, I just take a quick break. It’s honestly surreal how fast 10-20 minutes goes by when going through the guided meditation in the morning. All that said, this app is amazing, and I really recommend it to anyone dealing with any problems in their life, whether permanent or temporary. Let this help you, and go tackle your problems.
Also, for my fellow students, you can go to their website and verify your student status and get the full access to the meditations for $10 a year, to make this app and company even more amazing. Keep up the awesome content Headspace! And thank you for helping me on my journey
As a TM practitioner I wasn't initially drawn to this app. However it was recommended repeatedly by health practitioners as I struggled to be consistent with my sitting practice. Finally I gave in and it's been a wonderful asset to my meditation practice. I use it as an anchor and I enjoy the presentations as well as the guided series and singles. The SOS and now the many other options are great. Being able to grab your phone and calm yourself in stressful times is amazing. Headspace has continued to improve adding more and more options and modules. You can stick with classic guided or semi guided meditation, or silence, add music or learn how to use mindfulness on a broad range of issues from speaking, sadness, grief ... you name it. I love the special section on sleep. The educational aspect is beyond compare and you can watch short videos. I still have a strong preference for Andy Puddicome’s voice and hope he never tires of doing this, but glad the options are there for others. This simply is the best app for meditation and for mindfulness. THE BEST. I highly recommend this to anyone--from those being introduced to meditation and/mindfulness to the experienced practitioner. You're in good hands here. Easy to use too. Very intuitive.
Helping me understand what meditation is.
I started a self study in Buddhist meditation using the books “LovingKindness” by Sharon Salzberg and “A Path with Heart” by Jack Kornfield because I had lost touch with my inner peace that I had just 5 years ago.
I found I could no longer turn to the Christian theology from my childhood, and I yet I need a sense of spirituality in my daily life.
The two books have been helpful, and very slow going. They are easy to read, but hard to do. In fact, I’m still really in the most basic part which is loving and caring for self.
That’s where Headspace came in, I needed to find a guided meditation because the books are more self guided. Having the voice of Andy Puddicombe walk me through what it means to meditate in the most basic terms helped me understand that I’m on the right path. Also, it has allowed me to progress in the practice of meditation even though on a personal level, I keep falling back into using mantras of self appreciation and acceptance now for more than a month.
I find Headspace, along with the two aforementioned books, to be transformative in my inner game. I plan to visit a local Buddhist Temple soon to meet others with more experiences in this meditative practice.
Stick to it and Results are inevitable.
I downloaded this app back in August, 2017 and rarely used it. In December, 2017 I purchased the annual subscription and used it occasionally, never really feeling like I was gaining anything from it. Due to a series of events in my life I decided at the beginning of March, 2018 to devote time to meditation every day. For the past 20 days I have spent 5 to 10 minutes in meditation using headspace. The changes I’m experiencing are unbelievable.
Where there was impatience I find that I’m able to be still and just enjoy life, where there was anger and frustration I am beginning to identify the feeling and let it pass into peace and understanding. I’m finding life easier to accept as it is not as I want it to be. I’m learning to let go of the people, things and situations that I find disturbing and I’m able to let them be as they are at this moment. Peace and serenity are becoming mainstays in my emotional condition which, to say the least, is a monumental shift in only 20 days of practice.
If you are considering adding meditation to your daily routine, don’t over think this. Get started with headspace. I want you to experience what is happening in my life for yourself.
Simply Excellent ! :-)
I knew nothing about meditation when I started my journey about three years ago. I read Andy's book and I saw the potential to bring more calm and stability to my life. So I started using the app. I had a slow start. I tried it for several days and then dropped it for a while etc. Finally I gave meditation the priority it deserves and here I am… I just passed 600 days of meditation in a row without missing a day. I'm proud of that, but I still feel like a beginner. As Andy teaches, meditation can be a lifelong journey. I simply can't say enough positive about Headspace. I love it and I encourage you to try it! I have a couple of friends who use other "flavors" of meditation and I see no conflict between what my friends are learning and what I am learning. That gives me confidence that the lessons that Andy teaches are sound. Honestly my only concern is that Headspace will grow too large as a company and that Andy may not have time to be so actively involved in creating the content of the app. Or perhaps Andy might feel like he has completed his work with Headspace and moves on to new projects. I dearly hope that never happens. Bottom line: Very highly recommended. Enjoy!
Paul in Vermont, USA