What follows are just a few of the most important ways to support your meditation practice and strengthen your practice of mindfulness in everyday life—what I call “headspace.” The theme that runs throughout is awareness, an understanding of both oneself and others. It’s about developing a gentle curiosity: watching, noticing, and observing what’s happening in every aspect of your life—how you act, how you speak, and how you think. It’s not about trying to be someone else: it’s about finding a sense of ease with you as you are, right now.

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Illustration courtesy of Headspace.

1. Perspective: Choosing how you see your life

For meditation to be effective, it doesn’t really matter how you view your life. But it can be useful to acknowledge the general theme, because that way you can be more alert to the tendency to slip into negative patterns of thought. And it’s this increased awareness that provides the potential for sustainable change.

It’s also useful to notice how your perspective can shift—how one day you can get on a crowded train and not be too bothered about it, while on another occasion it appears to push every button you have. The good thing about this realization is that clearly it’s not what’s happening outside of ourselves that causes us the most difficulty, but rather what’s going on inside our own minds—which, thankfully, is something that can change. Noticing these shifting perspectives from day to day, and from moment to moment, can provide a very strong support for your daily meditation.

2. Communication: Relating to others

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