Earlier this week I started a meditation journey. I've been meditating for the past 20 years, but not on a consistent basis. I would do it in spurts. Go for a week or two straight, and then not do it for about a week. Well, it's time to change that. And to help me change that I'm trying out some of the apps that are available.

First, it's the Calm app. You can start with a 7 day free trial, which is what I'm going with for now. Once that free trial is up, I'm going to move over to Headspace. Once that free trial is up, I'll choose one and roll with it.

Here is my experience with the Calm app as of day number 4. So far so good. Headspace is going to have some series work on its hands to compete with Calm.

In case you don't know this about me I have dealt with sleep issues, anxiety and depression my entire adult life. I've tried all kinds of things from prescription drugs to over the counter supplements. Some of them work, but they do come with side effects. This is why I'm going full bore into meditation.

Calm has series of 7 day lessons. I'm currently doing the Daily Calm and Reactivity and Sleep meditations. I'm also using the kids section as well for my kid. I'll go into that more in the next update. But so far, so good with Calm. In just a few days I am sleeping better and feel more relaxed. But more importantly, not only am I feeling more relaxed, I'm feeling more alert as well.

Even if you didn't start this journey when I did, you can hop on board anytime you'd like. You can also use anything you want. You don't have to use the same app or source I'm using. If there's anything I've learned in 20 plus years of meditating, there's no one way to do it. Do what works best for you. All you need is 5, 10 minutes a day. Even just one minute is a solid start. Lao Tzu, author of the Tao Te Ching, said "A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step." Here is your first step if you need some help.