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The world is stressful and like countless others I have spent a lot of time meditating and trying to relax. I’ve tried apps like Insight Timer and Peloton, I’ve taken an entire course from Jon Kabat-Zinn on Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) through MasterClass (reviewed here), and then signed up for a full eight-year course. week training on MBSR. I share my experience to show that at least I am known with meditation (although I doubt anyone in my life would call me relaxed, chill, or enlightened, but that’s neither here nor here). Still, as a very neurotic person with a lot of anxiety, meditating remains an important part of my life. So when the chance to try out Superhuman, a new meditation app based on visualization techniques, came across my desk, it was an easy thumbs up.
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Launched in 2021 by Mimi Bouchard, Superhuman has a very specific and modern look. The colorful, friendly app doesn’t feel too rooted in the history of “meditation,” whose books, apps, and general aesthetic can sometimes feel outdated or austere (some might just say old or traditional); Superhuman feels more like an Instagram post brought to life, or a Saturday morning pep talk from your friend in between yoga and avocado toast. With sessions like “Re-Center Before A Big Meeting”, “Create More Money, Wealth + Opportunity”, “Stop Feeling Insecure” and “Good Vibes While Cleaning”, Superhuman is more like scrolling your #fyp page on TikTok when the algo has detected you’re depressed and looking for #lifehacks (you’ll need to save your demons for your next SoulCycle ride). For better or worse, it’s the quintessential app example of our post-New Age, hustle-and-grind culture obsessed with manifestation, astrology, vibes, movement, and “the universe.” My trial period of the app started off quietly – we’re all familiar with the Headspace vibe – and then… things got… interesting. Who wants to #manifest, read on.
For what it’s worth, it was a lot of fun exploring Superhuman’s meditations. If you’re looking for a session with a specific purpose beyond just mindfulness, there are sleep meditations; body positivity meditations; those for running, walking and stretching; and even cooking meditations. There’s even one about de-stressing at a family event, which I wish I had over the holidays.
The “Seated Meditations” section alone has over 200 sessions, with 60 of them dealing with stress and anxiety and 112 sessions that are less than 10 minutes in length, making them perfect for people who just want to relax for a few minutes.
This morning, feeling like I wanted to relax a bit after a stressful weekend, I found my way into the “Legs Up Wall” meditations (where, of course, you lie with your back on the floor and rest your legs vertically against a wall). ). I decided on “Calm Morning To Release Stress”, lay down on my yoga mat, lifted those legs and hit the play button. The meditation was quite relaxing – the woman in charge urged me to visualize my perfect day and gave me a few moments to do it; then she encouraged me to relax a little deeper into the piece, which was a good push. In the end, I feel a little more relaxed, and I definitely felt my back snap, crackle, and pop along the way (although that may be what happens when you’re in your 30s trying to get up from lying on the floor). I also enjoyed a sitting meditation called “Release Stress,” which was a nice little morning starter yesterday that encouraged me to embrace the present and think about what kind of feelings I wanted to have during the day.
Those two were pretty simple meditations. What would happen if I did one that was completely outside of what I normally listen to? I wondered. So I uploaded one called “Feel Wealthy and Abundant.” I would like to feel rich, I thought. I wasn’t quite sure what “abundance” meant in this context, but I was ready to find out! When the song started playing, there was a chill jungle techno beat and a woman energetically delivered affirmations in my ear. “Money flows into my life,” she said. “I am a money magnet. Money and opportunities are drawn to me by my energy.” I tended to check my bank account, but I knew it would only bring me down, so I kept going. “Wealth and abundance are my birthright,” she said. “I can get rich doing what I love. I get so excited when I think about having it all. Listen, I know a lot of New Age wellness obsessed people who spend their lives (aka Instagram accounts) trying to “manifest” things and “channel energy” and “feel gratitude,” and something they seem mean to have is decided not wealthy (and some of them probably already spend time visualizing thriving bank accounts). But hey, The secret was a huge success, so why not Superhuman? Maybe it’s a great idea to have a year-round Christmas list of financial achievements, and I just don’t get it. At least that would explain my credit card statement.
I listened carefully to these statements, but I’m not sure I came to believe them; However, I know people who absolutely thrive (or at least believe they thrive, which is perhaps most important) through visualization like this, and I imagined them deeply internalizing these beliefs and emerging from their meditation sesh ready to both get that bread. Me, I’m just not here looking to get rich or die trying (although I read that using Superhuman could help me “make 10x more money”, which I’ll bring to the attention of ASAP my editor wants to bring), and even if I were, I’m just not sure that, given wealth, my “birthright” would be the most efficient way to achieve that goal. Anyway, I’ll probably stick with the app’s meditations on relaxation and anxiety management, which were really helpful.
See, there are a lot of good reasons to use Superhuman. If you’re looking for results for the most common reasons people meditate, such as relieving stress and anxiety and finding ways to relax and slow down, there are definitely a lot of sessions for you. I’m excited to try out the sessions based around exercising, cooking and dealing with awkward social situations. However, the meditations on wealth and abundance made me feel a little strange (and certainly not rich). Still, I plan to keep using the app, because variety is key — and hey, if me doing start making ten times as much money, that will just be an added bonus.
Go forth and ascend. If you sign up for Superhuman and eventually achieve wealth and abundance, remember who led you there and feel free to send me a check at your leisure.
Download the Superhuman app from the Superhuman website.
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