Confession: My first meditation (and this journal entry) was prompted by Joi’s email from yesterday. I downloaded Headspace (great marketing and design, BTW), put on my headphones and sat down.
The experience of being guided through a medidation was very diferent to what I remember of my Chan teacher from 15 years ago. He would ring a little bell at the beginning of the session, and then shut up for an entire hour, occasionally reminding the class to “check our backs”. Not knowing what we were supposed to feel or to expect was (for my 18 year old self) quite discouraging. I stopped practicing.
Headspace, like most gamified experiences, makes you feel that you’ve accomplished something. But I wonder, doesn’t that defeat the purpose of meditation?