Insight Timer – My New Jam.

home-timer-phoneI’ve always known meditation was something that would benefit me, as my mind is a big bowl of chaos 9 days out of 10. But I’ve had a hard time even stilling my mind enough to make it through 5 minutes and after those 5 minutes I never feel refreshed, I just feel frustrated.

BUT! My therapist (DRINK!) recommended an app to me: Insight Timer. And it has something called “guided meditations” which I guess is a common thing I’ve just never heard of. Some have explained “guided meditations” as a good introduction to meditation, with the ultimate goal being doing it self-guided. But others have said, “Eh. Some can ONLY use guided meditations, if you only ever do guided meditations, that’s okay. Whatever works for you.”

I like the later of the responses because takes the pressure off of me, as I’ve often felt guilty for not being able to successfully meditate. This way, I can just stick with guided meditations for awhile. And y’all? Guided meditations are SO MUCH EASIER!

The insight timer has a bajillion guided meditations, I’ve been a bit overwhelmed by it and have basically just been working my way through the most popular ones under the “sleep” category. Many of them reference the term “yoga nidra” which I need to research more, but most of them guide you through relaxation of body and mind.

Yes. I get how silly that is, that I need help relaxing. But y’all? It works. I’ve been doing it for several days now and it’s really helping me fall asleep. Last night it didn’t work as easily, but I think it’s because I was listening to it with Nikki and I started getting paranoid that maybe she thought it was weird and it made my mind whir more and not relax. But most of the nights it’s been great and really helps me fall asleep. I’ve done two morning meditations and they’ve been good too. Short, sweet, affirming…exactly what I need.

This post is basically just informative. So I can share my discovery with you. This weekend was not quite as energizing as I was hoping it would be. I had hoped to get some good resting and relaxing in but failed miserably. I’m a little frustrated with that because I’m getting wound up a lot, feeling a little on the edge of frenzy as soccer and school picks up. I had tried to practice my “self care is healthcare” this weekend and schedule some time to nap and rest but I just felt guilty for trying to nap and rest.

(Yes. I’m aware of how ridiculous that is. Feeling guilty for trying to take care of my mental health. We will save that for another day.)

So I needed the nighttime sleep help for sure. I’ve been unable to stop waking up early, but if I can go to sleep easier at night, then hopefully I can balance it all out. Let’s just hope this Insight Timer app keeps helping me. If you check it out and you find anything good (I wasn’t lying when I said there were nine million of them.) let me know! I think you can actually connect, make “friends” in some way but I’m not sure if I’ve figured that part out yet.

Anyway – if you check it out tell me what you think!

6 Comments

  • Therese

    Zoot, I found Insight Timer a few weeks ago and have been doing a meditation nearly every day since then. Some are better than others, but they make it easy to stick with it. Bravo to you for trying it!

  • Melissa

    Research studies have shown that guided meditations have powerful positive effects on reshaping the brain. If one’s goal is to reduce anxiety, increase compassion, increase focus, etc, guided meditations are just as good as other more traditional meditations.

    I’ve been using Insight Timer for a few years now and it has been life changing. I would recommend meditations but I’ve lost my phone. 🙂 Maybe once I find it. They also have poetry, which isn’t really meditation but can still be profound. I recommend “She Let Go.”

    I also recommend Rick Hanson.

    http://www.rickhanson.net/writings/just-one-thing/

  • LC

    Oooo, I need to check out that app. Thanks!!

    I also feel guilty when I need to nap. I start thinking about all the things I need to do or could get done. Although sometimes a hard race will wear me out enough to actually feel OK to nap.

  • Tara

    Thanks for sharing! I’m going to look into that! For Niki and Wes, you might try Indigo Dreams. It’s a CD of stories that we listen to at bedtime that guide the kids through meditation by telling a story. The characters in the story take deep breaths and relax each part of their body. We borrowed it from the library first to see if it would be a good fit for us.
    Also, since I’m finally commenting, I’ve been meaning to tell you about an Anxiety Workbook I’ve been reading to my anxious eight-year-old. It’s helped him by giving him words for what’s happening in his mind and telling him what to expect in his body when he worries. Now the racing heartbeat isn’t as scary, because he knows that’s supposed to happen when your “worry alarm” goes off. It’s a little cheesy, but it has taught him (and me!) some really great stuff. https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00F8IZE1O/ref=mp_s_a_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1471882157&sr=8-4&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_FMwebp_QL65&keywords=anxiety+workbook+for+kids&dpPl=1&dpID=51TqF2YPjdL&ref=plSrch

  • Liz

    Ohhhh I’ve been looking for something to use with my students at the beginning of class. Last year I tried to guide some short things but then I didn’t get the benefit (which I sorely needed). Thanks for sharing a great find!