Barbara Markway Ph.D.

Living the Questions

Star Power

A review of the Insight Timer meditation app

Posted Jun 30, 2013

The last time I strung together any significant consecutive days of meditation was during February 2012. I did Sharon Salzberg's 28-day meditation challenge, based on her book, Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation. I really like Sharon's style. I'm talking like I know her, but when you listen to her guided meditations and watch her giving talks on YouTube as much as I have, you feel like you know her. She's so low key and down-to-earth, there's nothing to resist.

I do so well with structure (which seems strange, given that I just said I'm a resistance machine). The 28-day challenge, complete with bloggers writing daily about their experiences and Twitter chats with Sharon was perfect for me. But then it was over.

Since then, I've meditated off and on, but something always gets in the way of making it a daily practice.

Tara Brach, author of  Radical Acceptance and True Refuge is another of my favorite teachers. She has 5 guided meditations on the app. They're of varying lengths and types, and I found them all "accessible" to the novice. I would think experienced meditators would like them, as well. I find her voice soothing and hypnotic.

I'm not sure which meditation it's in, but the line that has stuck with me is her invitation to be aware of the "dance of sensation" flowing through you. Dance of Sensation. Love that!

This shows my age, but I'm remembering how host Casey Kasem always ended his popular show, American Top 40. He would say: I'm keeping my feet on the ground, but reaching for the stars.

Maybe right now it's the stars and the novelty of the app that are motivating me. That's okay. I have a gut feeling that before too long I'll find meditation a reward in and of itself.

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I am the co-author of Dying of Embarrassment, Painfully Shy, and Nurturing the Shy Child. Dying of Embarrassment: Help for Social Anxiety & Phobia was found to be one of the most useful and scientifically grounded self-help books in a research study published in Professional Psychology, Research and Practice. I’ve also been featured in the award-winning PBS documentary, Afraid of People. Greg and I also co-authored Illuminating the Heart: Steps Toward a More Spiritual Marriage.