In the daily hustle and bustle of London, it’s tough to find the time to stop, kick back and actually relax. It’s become almost impossible to put down our smartphones, tablets or any snazzy device which demands attention at all hours of the day. If we can’t escape our frenetic lifestyles, then ways to relax must come to us. Thankfully for our poor overloaded brains, the meditation gurus at Headspace have cannily acknowledged this gap in the market. The social enterprise project aims to bring meditation bang up-to-date, by offering short guided lessons in how to take a moment to ourselves. The self-styled ‘Gym Membership for the Mind’ is available online, but if you want to build meditation into your social life there are several options…
Headspace has teamed up with Selfridges to create the No Noise initiative throughout January and February, which encourages shoppers to hit the pause button as they browse the Oxford Street store. The Quiet Shop stocks unbranded iconic products and minimalist clothing designs, to reduce the visual bombardment we’re used to seeing as we trawl the aisles. On January 11, the Silence Room will open its doors to shoppers eager to take a break from London’s consumer chaos. Inside, you’re encouraged to block out distractions and make time for a little contemplation before getting on with your day.
If you’re more the outdoor type, Headspace in the Park on January 21 is the chill-out event for you. In The LookOut, you will be introduced to meditation surrounded by Hyde Park’s lovely green space. Sceptics, take note: the event promises no waffley spiritual business.
If you really can’t go cold turkey with technology, Headspace has created a handy app so that you can be on-the-go while in the zone. It includes their free taster programme Take 10, which offers ten minute guided meditations lessons over ten days, then more helpful hints and tips if you decide to pay for membership. Time to get zen London. Meg Pruce