Peaceful: A Guide to Meditation

I’ll never forget the first time I meditated…

My hands rested on my knees, my eyes closed, and my muscles relaxed with each passing breath. My body, tense and aching just minutes earlier, was now a soft mass of jello, free of any pains or stress. My mind, worried and cluttered before, now drifted into another world, one of calm tranquility. It was a state I had never felt before. My mind was open. I was at peace…

Andrew was my friend and coworker, but perhaps the last person I could imagine sitting down to do some East Asian mental health exercises. A computer engineer from University of Washington, Andrew coded for 10 hours a day, keeping his mind busy at every moment. When Andrew told me he practiced daily meditation to keep his mind sharp and focused, I was shocked to say the least. When I asked that he explain, he just smiled and said he had something to show me.

“I felt that I had unlocked a higher level of focus, a new me…”

He gave me the link to a bot he built to help beginners try out meditation. The bot’s name was Peaceful. It was very friendly and eager to provide me with loads of educational material on meditation. What I found most interesting was the research showing the benefits of the practice. Most notably that daily meditation improves focus, increases happiness, and greatly reduces stress. On reading this I decided that I had to give it a try.

Peaceful provided me with a ten day meditation program to get me started. The program offered an in-depth guide to my mind that I never knew I needed. On the first day alone I was learning better breathing techniques, body scanning exercises, and how I could eliminate stress from my daily routine. It was only ten minutes of meditation but it made me feel like a new man. Like a drunk finally waking up sober, I felt that I had unlocked a higher level of focus, a new me…

I finished the program that Peaceful provided and loved every day of it. It may just be a bot, but Peaceful has helped me feel happier and more resilient for a long time now. I hope this article gets others interested, if not in Peaceful, then at least in meditation. The practice has something to offer us all.

Link to Peaceful for those interested: m.me/peacefulbot