Guideful: A Nerve 10 review of a more relatable way to meditate

Picture for Guideful blog post - Woman meditating on a mountain

When it comes to learning how to meditate, just beginning the process can seem overwhelming. It's easy to obsess over finding the 

right way

to meditate.

When I first started meditating, I felt anything but confident. Frequent thoughts attacked my brain:

Am I doing this right? Am I sitting up straight enough? Why do I have to sit up this straight anyway? I'm thinking more than I should be. 

I thought there was only one way to meditate.

For something that is about the simple act of breathing, it sure felt like a lot of work. But I had read about the amazing

benefits

of meditation, so I kept at it.

Thankfully, there are a lot of

good resources online

, and it was learning to meditate with the help of apps and online resources that finally got me to build a meditation practice into my daily routine. The benefits in my life from doing this are innumerable and significant.

I know now that there is more than one way to meditate, and what's most important is that you find a practice that you are able to commit to on a consistent basis.

So where does Guideful come in?

Guideful logo

Guideful presents a helpful way for learning how to meditate. Created with the idea that learning to meditate can be tricky without a guide, Guideful emerged to provide coaching, community, and information-sharing all in one place.

What's Guideful?

Guideful is a newcomer to the meditation app scene, and as the new kid on the block, it's touting a newer, hipper approach than its older-brother counterparts. Actually, in some ways it's new, but in other ways it's just getting back to the basics of meditation practice.

What's different about Guideful?

The big thing that stands out about Guideful when you first get to the

website

 is that it is simple, accessible, and relatable. Since

Nerve 10 is all about making mental health more relatable to how people actually live their lives

, it's nice to see this minimalist, friendly approach to what can often seem like a mysterious topic.

Guideful brings a no-frills approach with the express purpose of helping people learn how to meditate.

It does that with free--yes, free--guided meditations and a

Facebook community called GatherSpace

to help encourage you on your meditation journey.

Let's take a look at the different parts of the website.

The Guideful website: A different way to meditate

Free meditations

This is a big one. Explore the Guideful website, and you will notice that the guided meditations they have are all free. Yes, you heard me: free ninety-nine. With some meditations costing over $10/month, like Headspace if you don't opt for the annual subscription, Guideful could be a good way for you to start learning about meditation without shelling out big bucks.

You will also notice that there are several teachers to choose from on the Guideful site. I think this is a great idea, and I really enjoy being able to listen to a few different teachers to decide which approach I like best. New content is being added all the time. For instance, a few days ago they added meditations for Crossfit and for dealing with times of tragedy. The varied approach is great to see.

Some teachers come across as seasoned professions with their melodic voices and expertly timed pauses for emphasis. Others are a little rougher around the edges, and you feel like you might be meditating in the basement of your buddy who is still living with his parents--but that's part of the allure of Guideful.

Like with gaining wisdom, there are lots of different ways to get at the same thing.

Facebook community

GatherSpace logo

It's still a work in progress, but Guideful is clearly committed to regularly updating the website and building a presence on Facebook to complement the learning that you do on your own. In addition to the traditional Facebook page, there is a Guideful Facebook group called GatherSpace that will serve as your sangha as you deepen your meditation practice.

Don't know what a sangha is? Don't worry, I didn't either. A

sangha

, in a nutshell, is a community that keeps you committed to meditation and your ongoing journey of self-reflection and learning. Just like you may join a community program to help you lose weight, a sangha can help you shed emotional weight as you come to better know yourself.

Blog

Last, but not least, there is a nifty blog, where the folks at Guideful share interesting ideas, useful meditation tips, and general insight about learning how to meditate. Feeling like you are meditated out for the moment? Can't seem to stop getting the words of old narratives and storylines out of your head? Click over to the blog and give yourself a break for a bit.

The Verdict

Guideful

is a welcome addition to the world of meditation apps and websites. The approach may not be for everyone, but no approach is.  In the end,I think the community aspect and the options of multiple teachers to learn from will keep people coming back for more.

But don't just sit here reading my stupid words. Check out the website for yourself, and join the Facebook community.

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