Day: January 9, 2015

Lovely Words #1: The Future is the Past

I have always been incredibly inspired by writing, and have kept a ‘quote’ journal for many years. So I’ve decided to start posting some daily inspiration from my journals; some beautifully written phrases, and pieces of sweet love I’ve found along the way.

So here it goes….

“Why didn’t I learn to treat everything like it was the last time? My greatest regret was how much I believed in the future.”

-Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

(Image: antonmuller.de)

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Headspace. Get Some.

I’ve had a troublesome few days, to say the least. I’ve been half a week back into reality. No more family, presents, late nights watching movies, and all the warm fuzzy moments of the holidays (dreary, right!?). Just as my week started, so did a snow storm, which, automatically means no work! Now this can sound like a good thing, but not for someone who gets paid on an hourly basis. My gym-freak obsessed boyfriend just had to go to the gym in the slowly, but surely piling snow and of all things, in my car (my SUV was the better option over his small Audi TT). On his way home from his travels, he slid off the road into a mound of snow and mud and was stuck in this awful ditch. Can you imagine my stress?? Luckily there was no damage to the car, or him, but it only took a few hours for another unfortunate event. He left the car battery on over night, and the cable wires aren’t working. What are the chances, right? Could my week get any worse? Well, it did. In the short distance from the kitchen, straight out the door and to the car, I lost my phone. In a snow pile, or somewhere along the way to it, it’s just oh-so-casually floating about, nowhere to be found.

After these stressful, frustrating few days, I’ve been able to find a little relief in meditation. I read about the benefits online a few times, but never knew exactly how to do it. After seeing a small description about an App called Headspace in InStyle, I downloaded it and gave it a try. Of course, this was all before I lost my phone. But because I did the few sessions that I did before losing my phone, I was able to learn some things and give it a shot on my own these past few days.

And, NO. You don’t have to be in some beautiful serene place and be sitting criss-cross apple sauce to meditate like in the picture. That’s the great thing about Headspace! It teaches you all the things that meditation is, and isn’t.

It gives you a 10 minute session per day that vocally guides you to a perfect balance of calm relaxing ‘headspace’ and teaches you all the right, wrong, and normal feelings and ways of meditation. It’s free to download, and the first amount of 10 minutes sessions are basically like a tree trial, and if you like the app you can pay to get the full benefits of its art in meditation (which I strongly recommend!) I finally knew what I was doing (and only two sessions later still feel a bit confused) but the app is just so comforting, and answers every question you could imagine.

Here’s some more information and even some short videos that you can check out to find out some more info on Headspace!

I hope maybe this can help improve your days a little more, cause it definitely did for me 🙂

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XO – A