Be mindful of your ‘Headspace’

Published On April 25, 2019 | By denissa palmer | Life

Curated in 2010 to help bring people more clarity and mindful of what they allow in their minds. (Headspace)

Denissa Palmer

As we come closer to the finish line, students are encouraged to help stay focused by using the meditation app called Headspace. 

Humber alumna Kierston Drier will be featured on the Headspace app used for easy meditation. Drier found herself using the app during one of the busiest times of her life. After being promoted at her full-time job she found herself suffering from insomnia. Desperate for a way to regain her focus, she came across the app called Headspace. 

After finding comfort in this app, Drier decided to reach out to the company owners to see if they’d consider one of her personal recordings to be used for a meditating session. 

A few months later, as the idea began to slip away from her mind, she opened her email to find a pleasant surprise. The founders of the app contacted her saying they were interested in using one of her recordings for the meditation portion of the app. 

Humber alumna Kierston Drier will be featured on the app Headspace. (Globe and Mail)

“Work was busy again so I really didn’t have the brain space to keep thinking about it, so getting that email was a very pleasant surprise,” she said. 

Drier also works part-time with a film festival company as a curator and moderator every other Thursday at Carlton Cinema downtown Toronto.

“Some days are harder than others, but I can’t express how much this app has helped me during my most difficult times. I often start my day with either a five or ten-minute session,” she said.

Headspace was created by Andy Puddicombe and Richard Pierson in 2010. In Puddicombe’s early twenties, he dropped out of his sports science program to become a Buddhist Monk. He continued this journey for about ten years, travelling to places all over the world like Nepal, India and Thailand. Known for his promising writing skills and exceptional knowledge in mediation he was ordained to a Tibetan monastery in the Indian Himalayans.

Pierson was a former head of business development for the creative ad agency called Bartle Bogle Hegarty. With the constant stress of his job, he began to search for something to help him calm his hectic mind without losing touch with his everyday schedule.

For Humber student Jillian Harris, this week has become a mix of finishing last-minute assignments and preparing for graduation.

Harris will be graduating from the Event Management Program offered at Humber. After two long years, she’ll be starting her dream job working for the City of Brampton with the Planning and Developing team.

Humber student Jillian Harris will be graduating from the Event Planning Program this June. (Denissa Palmer)

“I interned with the City of Mississauga in the summer of last year with a small company, so I really didn’t expect to get this kind of opportunity but I’ve never been more anxious and excited,” she said.

Harris is very fond of Headspace and said she uses it during her most hectic and difficult times, like now. For the last three years, she has also found comfort going yoga and pilates.

“Trying to stay focused in a world like today is hard enough, but when you add your own personal challenges it can get really overbearing for anyone,” she continued.

As the school year comes to an end, both students and staff are reminded to be mindful of what they allow in their headspace. It’s easy to become distracted, but whatever it is, never allow it to control you entirely.


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