Initially, Jess set herself a goal to complete three meditations a week to earn AIA Vitality Points through the AIA Vitality programme. However, after incorporating these sessions into her daily lifestyle, it became about so much more than just gaining points.
“Meditating is something that I really want to do now,” Jess says. “I’m aiming to increase my sessions to more than what the AIA Vitality programme targets you to do. My current goal is to meditate five times a week, and ultimately to practice every single day, just like my dad.”
Jess notes that meditation is not a ‘one size fits all’ routine and suggests experimenting with different guided and non-guided options to find your preference. For Jess, Insight Timer has been the perfect companion for her meditation sessions, with its variety of different formats and guided meditation voices.
“With meditation, I find that you’ll develop an inclination for what type of meditation works for you,” she says. “I can’t respond in the same way to the sessions my Dad prefers. I really like Insight Timer as it has different options available for my sessions. I can also pick unguided or guided sessions, which both have a range of background music and voices to choose from. If you’re just starting out, I recommend trying out Headspace as the sessions are short and sharp – and you get a lot of help.”