I’m Trying An App for Meditation (Headspace Review)
April 4, 2019
I’ve been into yoga and wellness for quite some time now. As some of you know, learning yoga often leads us to also learn about meditation. Even though those are two different exercise, but both are connected to train our body and mind. Meditation is also known as effective “medicine” to train our brain to focus and stay at the present momen—by not trying too hard but at ease with our mind instead.
I am not paid by Headspace to make this review (who am I anyway), this is an honest opinion after using the app for quite some time.
Early this year, my friend shared her experience in going
into a 7-day Meditation Retreat during new year’s holiday. Her story sounded
fun yet meaningful. I only knew meditation from some videos in YouTube (I’ll
list the links at the end of this article). Having no experience in doing live
meditation—I mean, with some real teachers and stuff—I thought a meditation
retreat would be a good experience for me; it will give me the “proper”
knowledge and the ambience. Unfortunately, I have no money and resources. I am
now living in East Sumba, where there is no provider for either meditation or
yoga. The closest one would be in West Sumba, at Nihi Sumba Resort, but their package
is too expensive for me.
So, in some way, the universe showed me a post in my instagram explore menu. A picture of a quote from this account called @headspace. Headspace was also posting an intastory about their latest sleepcast. I clicked at the link which lead me to Headspace website, and began to listen to their meditation for sleep recording. Only after that, I downloaded the app.
At the beginning, I was asked what is this meditation mainly for. There are some options like “for trouble sleeping” and “personal growth”. I didn’t exactly remember what it said J but I chose the later one. The app lead me to try their “Basics” free course for 10 sessions. And I have to tell you it was good.
Headspace provided a reminder for our meditation, so I can
choose what time I’ll be meditating every day. I tried the basic course, and I
could choose whether I want the meditation to be 3 minutes, 5, or 10 minutes. I
became more dicipline in doing meditation. For the first 10 sessions, I
meditated every morning after salat (Subuh). It eventually becomes a new habit
for me: waking up, doing morning pray, brush my teeth, meditate for 5 minutes,
journaling, writing my to-do-list and begin my day. Though some days I didn’t
do it in that order (haha!), but 5-minutes meditation using headspace had some
positive impact in me. I also felt that I could be at ease with my mind more
Beside the daily sessions, Headspace has “Everyday
Headspace” feature that allows us to listen to a custom meditation, with 3-20
minutes duration. We can track our meditation time and achievement, as well as
mindful quotes at the end of each session. Sometimes I shared the quote to my instastory
if I found it to be very meaningful for me.
It also has the “mindful moment” feature, which functioned
as a “mindful reminder” for 1-5 times a day. I find it useful and fun to have
something to remind us to be mindful at times. Another good thing about
headspace is its animations. Cute characters and insightful videos, which can
be easily understood even by a beginner like me. You can check out what I mean
by watching the videos at Headspace YouTube Channel first. You will also find
that Headspace also provides “the knowledge” to us; what is the function of
meditation, tips on meditation, how to respond to bad thought, etc. So we’re
not only asked to sit down, close our eyes and listen, but also provided with
some reasoning of why meditation might be good for us.
Headspace provides offline access to their content, as long as you don’t forget to tap the toggle underneath the description to enable download. But for those who has limited phone storage like me, well, you need to have a working internet connection to use Headspace.
I haven’t subscribed yet, because I haven’t budgeted my
monthly expenses for subscribing Headspace. (yes, I am that frugal J). I will do another
follow-up review once I’ve subscribed and tried some more Headspace features. The
subscribtion is rather cheap, actually, only less than Rp25.000,00 per month
and it will be about Rp20.000,00 per month if you subscribe for one year. It’s
actually really cheap compared to Daily Yoga App subscription (sorry). I can
say that it will be good pitch for me, as I am satisfied about the basic
So that’s my review of Headspace app, I hope it’s helpful
for you! If you have tried the app, please share your thoughts on the comments
below. See you next time.