So, I’m very intrigued at the idea of ‘contemplative druidry,’ and really have considered buying the book by the same name. The thing is, though, I don’t know anything about meditation. I’m very interested in exploring my ‘inner self’ and have spent some time perusing OBOD’s druidry and meditation page and the videos / audio they have there. That’s even where I turned for my first forays into meditation.
Who doesn’t like the idea of having a ‘sacred grove’ in one’s own head? A place of refuge accessible to me anywhere I am’? A sense of place within myself?
Here’s the thing: The reason I haven’t bought any of the ‘druidry and meditation’ books available is that they’re books. I love books, and most of what I ‘know’ I got first from books and then from experience. But, I have an intuition that meditation isn’t something that begins with a book. (If you’ve never meditated, I really found the free audio titled ‘A Meditation with All Four Elements’ on the OBOD page linked above very helpful.)
At the same time, though I found a ‘Hippy Club’ (my words) not far from my home that offers meditation classes, I couldn’t see myself showing up on a regular basis. I’m just too shy and would feel odd taking time away from the kids to go make regular class times.
Enter Headspace.com. It’s a website/app combo with meditations by the guy in the video at the top here. (There is a reason I included a video!). Is it as good as going to a group? Probably not. Would I be better served by ‘jumping over my shadow,’ as the Germans say, and getting involved in a group? Probably.
But, that’s not very likely and, though I’m only on day 7 of the free ten day program, I have to say that I credit the ten-minute-a-day meditations with helping me through some weird insomnia and has left me feeling a bit more in control of myself on other days.
The way the ‘program’ is structured is that you get the ten free ten minute meditations, and they are part of a thirty day (thirty meditation) course which has to be completed before you can try any of the several other meditations available through the app/website. I like it, and, though I still have three days to decide without interrupting my ‘training course’ I’m seriously considering a year’s membership, with the idea of getting some experience behind me before trying things I read about in books.
What say you? Are there any meditaters reading this? How did you get started? Does Headspace sound like a good idea to you, or more like a scam?