Why I Meditate: Confessions of a Smartphone Addict

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I have a confession to make. I’m addicted to my smartphone. I don’t know why or how it happened, all I know is that I left mine at home on accident a couple months ago and the anxiety and discomfort I experienced were so great I knew I had to make a change.

I did all the conventional stuff, deleted social media apps, made the screen grayscale, stopped listening to music on my walks between classes. But still I was finding any excuse to waste time on the thing.

Finally I did what I should have in the first place. I really gave meditation a chance. It’s not that I’ve never meditated before, but honestly it had always been the limb of yoga (or arguably 4 limbs) I was most uncomfortable with. But a lot has changed in my life and I decided it’s time to cut the bullshit and really lean in.

Ironically I started with my smartphone. There’s this incredible app called Headspace that gives you the basics of meditation in a fun and stimulating way. As counter intuitive as that might seem it awakened in me a new hunger, a new addiction: for at least ten minutes a day when I could sit and worry about absolutely nothing.

If you’ve come to class lately you’ve probably noticed the inward gaze we’ve been taking at the start of class. Yep, you’re meditating too now. It’s only a minute or two but you’re doing it. How does it feel? Would you like to do more? Let me know!