“This was a huge mistake. A huge, reckless mistake and I hate myself for this.” —Pre-jump thoughts as the tiniest plane I’ve ever been in crept skyward to 13,000 feet and my exit time was rapidly approaching.
We made the decision to skydive on our drive up to Lake Tahoe on the 4th of July weekend this past summer. I have never truly wanted to go skydiving — the risk factor seemed so profound in comparison to the 2 minutes or less you spend actually experiencing the thrill that it never seemed worth it. Why be scared? Why put myself through something stressful and dangerous? Just for an awesome ‘gram? WHY?
At first, I didn’t buy it — there’s no way that listening to 10 minutes of some British guy talking to me could help alleviate my anxiety or help me focus more at work. I self-prescribed myself exercise, therapy, change in diet, reading, basically anything other than the admittedly very simple task of downloading an app to my iPhone.
When I reached my breaking point, however, I bit the bullet and gave it a shot. And the results are not only apparent, but they’re completely improving my life every day.
Headspace is billed as a “gym membership for the mind” — it’s 10-20 minutes a day of guided meditation that allows you to increase the time length as you develop your meditation practice. After you complete the free starter pack (10 minutes a day for 10 days), you can subscribe to unlock the entire program for only $12 a month.