The interviews were fascinating- I found it really interesting to hear about the scientific research on the tangible benefits of meditation, and the different aspects of meditation. I enjoyed all of the interviews, but of particular relevance to me were the interviews with Kristin Neff and Carol Dweck. I found the content to be interesting and the whole program was really well put together.
I found the program very encouraging and the interviews were so well chosen. I loved the balance of compassion, practical suggestions for our lives and the research that supported these practices in the recorded practices and the interviews. I personally found many of the interviews inspiring and even life changing and know I would love to keep listening to them and following up on their websites and books.
I’ve really enjoyed the practice each day, the 10mins per day has been achievable and I’ve really noticed the clarity I’ve had through a very trying month, enabling me to leave the day behind and start a fresh after the practice. Mindfulness came into my life 2years ago, I did a 6 week course and it transformed my life, after years of battling depression, it made me realise that I could be in control of my my mind. My awareness flourished and for the first time I stepped out and actually felt the sun on my back, breeze on my face and the brilliant colours all around me, I could feel life, this was living.Thank you … very grateful
I think the thing that was most powerful for me is that the ten minutes of meditation acted like a slingshot for me. It set me back for ten minutes, but then I was able to fly forward with more clarity and energy. I hope it is OK to share one story with you here: One Saturday was particularly rough. My husband was sick, we had just returned from a long trip and I was exhausted and our two little ones were having one tantrum after another. I felt completely exhausted and started to lose my temper. I then realized that I needed to do my meditation. I asked my husband to ‘tap in’ for ten minutes so I could ‘tap out.’ I began my meditation and halfway through, our three year old came in while my husband read books to our one year old (no locks on the bedroom door–darn!). I told her what I was doing but remained still and continued the practice. In the last ten seconds of the meditation, my husband wondered where our daughter was and then saw that she was hanging out with me while meditating. While it wasn’t the most peaceful meditation session, I felt refreshed and was able to hold onto my calmness and find a way to refresh our family by going out to the park. Those haphazard 10 minutes kept me going for hours and was just what I needed. Would I recommend it to others? Absolutely!
I really benefited from being committed to 10 minutes of mindful practice a day. I’ve had trouble in the past sticking with meditation. This gave me the focus and encouragement I’ve needed. Now, I’m enjoying the practice and believe it’s become part of my routine. I hope to carry it forward. I loved the interviews, and took away some great advice on being present in discussions, and how to be more compassionate with myself.
I was really surprised by how this experience has really affected me. I am so grateful for the opportunity to do this and found it easy to commit to (surprisingly) I didn’t always have the time to go through the whole days information but went back to it often on the weekend. I started to get quite sad that it was coming to an end. It has been a difficult few months for me personally and I can honestly say that these small practices have had a major impact on my sense of wellbeing.
While it was hard at the beginning to stay focussed in the meditations, your guidance throughout the month encouraged me to keep going and to not be too hard on myself if I drifted off during meditation or if I missed a day or two. The interviews and meditations were really easy to use and listen to and it has now become part of my daily routine. I think I have become less reactive to stressful situations and I seem more focussed on things I do. I’m so glad I did this and I’m going to keep doing the meditation. I have already recommended it to all of my friends.
The programme was incredibly inspiring. From the guided meditations that grew incrementally enough to absorb them fully into a daily practice, to the amazing interviews and teachers that I have discovered along the way. I really do feel that this program has changed my life, and I am so so grateful. Thank you, thank you thank you!
I am new to meditation and mindfulness and there were definitely days when it was tough to complete the whole ten minutes. I was bored and frustrated – ‘I’m just sitting here! I could be doing so much more with my time!’. And that’s exactly why I needed to start. Somehow the guidance seemed to understand that while my experiences of starting we’re unique and special to me, they were not uncommon. The tone struck the right balance between encouragement, authority and understanding. It is hard to find the time to meditate, harder still some days to face it, but so worthwhile!
I thought it was amazing making a commitment to mindfulness for the month. I forced myself to try every night of the month, no matter how tired or busy I was, something I would have never done had I not committed to the program. Some days I really struggled and found it to be a really difficult or unhelpful experience. Most days I found it to be very grounding and helpful in letting going of the remnants of the stresses of my days. A few times I actually had some spectacular experiences – including some really strong emotions, some of the most intense calm I’ve experienced (sounds like an oxymoron but really it was full on) and lingering feelings of deep content. Overall, I feel so much more mindful in my everyday activities. I’m better at letting negative emotions go and at taking care of myself when I’m feeling under pressure. I pay more attention to myself and my thoughts and my mind feels clearer and less full all the time. I think this is an amazing program and I’m so glad to have taken part.