Until now I have been using Oak in guided mode but, with the same instructions every day, my mind was starting to anticipate the next part of the guide leading to internal chatter.

So today I thought I would try my first day of unguided meditation and it was certainly an experience.

The guided script was definitely serving as a distraction but in a good way as well as the bad. The subconscious focus on the script itself was likely preventing the mind from wandering, without it that inner voice was free to go where it pleased.

It's quite a transition that will take a bit of getting used to.

  1. jack says: #
    I say stick with the unguided version. I have been finding it harder to do, but better somehow. Still feeling all this out, myself.
  2. Colin Walker says: #
    Yeah, I was going to but it’s a bit strange going out on your own. I know it’ll get better as I get used to it.
  3. patrickrhone says: #
    I cover this in the guide but, the thoughts/mind/inside voices that arise in meditation are as much a part of the present as anything else. They goal is learning to recognize them, let them go, and return to breath.
  4. Colin Walker says: #
    Yeah, I’ve read that bit. I’m loving it by the way, you’ve got an amazing writing style - so accessible.
  5. collin says: #
    Guided is okay to start but you really don’t need anything other than a comfortable seat and your breathing :)
  6. johnholzer says: #
    an Apple Watch app should have been included at launch. Oak is great, but the Breathe app on Watch is convenient and readily accessible.
  7. Colin Walker says: #
    Exactly. Having the extra patterns available in such as accessible fashion would be brilliant. But I would still settle for haptic feedback on the phone as a compromise. I’ve submitted both as feature requests.

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