SS 245 – Meditation Apps

Episode 245 Show Notes


Grant and Heavey discuss meditation apps today. Specifically, Grant is on a hunt for the best meditation app he could use. Heavey is excited to see whether Grant is able to sustain the practice for the next few months. They also feature another bottle from Glenmorangie and talk about its distillery.


[02:00] Wait But Why


Heavey found a blog on the internet called Wait But Why that featured an article called Your Life in Weeks. It basically shows a chart that breaks down your life in weeks. Each month, Heavey circles where he is so he can understand whether he has done something important to him.


[11:50] The Power of Meditation


Heavey shares this quote which has motivated him to take meditation seriously.


How much more harmful are the consequences of anger and grief than the circumstances that arouse them in us?


Whatever happens in your life, happens in that instant. But what goes on in your mind is what makes it persist. Heavey believes that meditation is an approach that one can use to mitigate that.


It’s easy to overlook anxiety when you don’t have it, but certain people have a higher propensity for anxiety due to chemical reasons. 


[13:50] Meditation Apps


Grant tried to look into different meditation apps on the internet. He initially checked out four of them including Insight Timer. He also came across the top two Headspace and Calm. 


He picked the next bestseller called Ten Percent Happier. But he didn’t even make it through the first meditation. Grant feels that a meditation app has to connect with the person doing it. 


In the end, Grant focused on the three – Calm, Headspace, and Waking Up. He found Calm and Headspace to be pretty similar. And at this point, he’s sticking with Headspace and Waking Up.


[18:12] Grant’s First Meditation App Experience


Grant tried Headspace first. Before the meditation, they explain what you’re going to do and why. They have these cute animations. He feels the production value is really high. It’s a well-made app.


Grant found the sound quality of Calm great. In other apps, there’s just silence during meditation where no one’s talking or guiding you. But in Calm, there’s always that gentle background noise. He likes this because it lets him know that his phone didn’t get turned off or disconnected.


For his very first session of Waking Up, he gets interrupted thinking whether his phone got disconnected every time there was a pause. This affected his experience for the next sessions with this in mind.


[22:17] The Differentiator


Grant settled with Headspace and Waking Up because he felt these two outshone the teaching that was lacking in Calm. He didn’t pick up on the lessons as much as he did using the other two.


Heavey has stuck with Waking Up because of the teaching element. He feels he’s being led down a path or progress with meditation. With the previous meditations he had done, he didn’t feel like he was making as much progress as much as he did with Waking Up.


[24:41] Reviewing Headspace and Waking Up


What Grant likes about Headspace and Waking Up is that they really want to teach you about the value of meditation and what you’re supposed to be doing. 


Waking Up does this in a very straightforward and simple way. They have this 50-day program and once you’re done with it, there’s a new meditation they release each day. It’s simple. It’s goal-oriented. There are also lessons included as well, which were what Heavey really enjoyed. 


On the other hand, Headspace has a lot more to it, especially if you want to incorporate mindfulness in ways beyond daily meditation practice. They talk about how you can use mindfulness for performance in athletics and sports. 


There are ways you can utilize the skills you’ve learned in the basic mindfulness process to achieve different goals. 


Grant stresses that in Waking Up where Sam Harris said that if your goal is to be healthier then you shouldn’t bother with meditation.  Instead, you should want meditation to add mindfulness in your life. It’s not a means to an end.


Compared to Headspace, while what Sam Harris said was true, they believe meditation can also be leveraged and utilized for these other ends as well. Heavey thinks this is more appealing to the type A, goal-oriented people.


[28:54] Developing the Meditation Practice


Heavey believes that to really gain value from meditation, what is truly available from it, you have to be able to do it for its own sake.


Grant admits that the Waking Up app feels serious for him. Whereas, Headspace wants to keep some levity to it. Nevertheless, both approaches have the same goal of getting you to develop the practice. 


At the end of the day, pick which one resonates with you and which one you’re going to use more often. Grant recommends doing them back to back. What he likes about Headspace is you could choose at least a 3-minute practice if you don’t have much time. 


Although Grant has narrowed it down to Waking Up and Headspace, he hasn’t decided on which specific one to commit to just yet. 


[32:05] Developing the Practice into a Habit


Heavey is interested in what Grant will eventually pick up and whether he would be able to regularly maintain the practice. This is the test of an app that truly has you engaged. To do so regularly for several months shows that you’ve actually developed a habit and can stick to it. 


Speaking of habit, Grant tries to do this practice right after he works out. He thinks it’s also great for recovery. Moreover, the commitment is important to talk about.


[33:30] The Cost of These Apps


Waking Up costs $120 a year but they have an amazing discount code. For Grant, this is a pretty big cost for an app.


Headspace is at $99 a year. However, they’re always running promos. Currently, they have a promo for $58 a year. The downside is that you can’t get certain meditations unless you subscribe. But, it’s a much less expensive commitment to try compared to $120.


All of these apps have a free trial which you can try initially. Heavey suggests that you have to consider the price in terms of value. You might be able to get a free app but what good is it if you don’t use it.


[36:10] Grant’s Summary


Grant thinks these apps do a great job of teaching you not just how to breathe but why and what it means. 


One major thing he learned from one of those sessions was focusing on sound and how you don’t control sounds. You can’t hold onto sounds. And this is a great metaphor for a lot of our thoughts that come seemingly from nowhere and go away. You don’t want to hold onto them. You can’t be focused on them.


More important than which app Grant will ultimately pick, Heavey is more excited to see whether he sticks with it for a few months.

[38:30] Let’s Talk Scotch! – Glenmorangie 12


Back to the second scotch of this series, where they take four episodes focused each on a single bottle of whiskey. For this series, they take a bottle of Glenmorangie. Today they talk about where this bottle fits in the lineup and a little about the distillery.


Being the cheapest entry-level bottle, Glenmorangie not only has the 10-year bottle, but they also have two different 12-year bottles. The difference is in the second stage of maturation.


The Quinta Ruban is aged after the white oak and Ruby Port. The second bottle is the Lasanta that’s aged in Oloroso and Pedro Ximenez sherry casks. 


For the most part, they’re stored in American white oak ex-Bourbon casks. This is true for most scotch. It’s charred oak that has a lot of vanilla and it also helps purify it. 


The American standard to be called Bourbon has to be new oak casks. 


The Lesanta goes up to a 14-year and 18-year which is the entry of their premium line. They have both 18 and 19. The 19 is only in travel locations. It highlights the difference in the aging. 


The 19 highlights the smoothness and easiness of the spirit. So all 19-year bottles are spent in those white oak ex-Bourbon casks. Whereas the 18-year is much more traditional. They aged it for a long time – 15 years in the oak and 3 years in sherry. It’s then blended to balance and create its signature flavor. Their line goes all the way up to the Pride of 1974, a 41-year bottle. 


Glenmorangie has this amazing line and they’re all highlighted by this easy-to-drink, smooth spirit. 


[44:00] Distillery


Glenmorangie’s distillery is in Tain, Scotland. This is an old distillery that started in 1843. Originally, there were only 16 employees to make the whiskeys that’s why it was initially labeled as The Sixteen Men of Tain. Until 2008, they expanded the production by having 24 employees making this whiskey, so they’ve now just called it Men of Tain.


Moreover, Glenmorangie has been the best selling single malt in Scotland since 1983. One of the things that contribute to its light, delicate flavor is that because it’s got the tallest stills in Scotland that are over 26 feet tall. When you make spirits and the vapors go up, the taller the still, the lighter the vapor is.


[47:05] Number of Casks


Glenmorangie uses a number of casks. All of their whiskeys start with American white oak casks. To provide themselves with these casks, these are actually manufactured from trees growing in Glenmorangie’s own forest that they own here in the United States, specifically in the Ozark Mountains of Missouri.




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