When you hear it, the mission of Headspace seems absurdly optimistic. The meditation company has confidently (perhaps even arrogantly) made it their goal to boost the health and happiness of the entire world. Yet as Headspace has grown leaps and bounds, it doesn’t appear as naïve as it first may have seemed. After all, Headspace is only a startup, yet it has managed to accumulate almost 20 million users from more than 190 countries.
What Headspace offers is expertise on meditation, which is perhaps one of the more confusing wellness methods. Most people have heard about how beneficial it is. It counteracts stress, and the medical world has started to understand how stress can undermine health in many ways. However, many do not know how to meditate. Quite a few even feel silly just trying.
Headspace guides its subscribers to properly meditate. It doesn’t just offer an article on its site for people to read. It also offers an app that helps people to actually meditate to deal with stressful situations.
Headspace was launched in 2010, but at first, it was known as a company that organized events focused on meditation. It was started by United Kingdom native Andy Puddicombe, who dropped out of school where he was pursuing his Sports Science degree to become a Buddhist monk. Puddicombe trained for ten years across Asia and became a monk at a Tibetan monastery.
Once he was done with his monastic commitments, Puddicombe took it upon himself to educate the West on practical meditation. He was determined to strip it of its mystical trappings when he set up his meditation consultancy. His clients were people who were undoubtedly stressed out. These clients included business leaders, athletes, and politicians.
Puddicombe met an advertising executive who needed help handling stress and the two began swapping skills. Out of this relationship came Headspace, and now millions of people worldwide can benefit from meditation.