We aim to explore mindfulness themes from different perspectives. We’ll be offering inspiring stories and practical insights. Our goal is to provide additional support as you embark on a path to bring mindfulness and meditation into your life, whether you’re a newcomer to meditation or a longtime Calm user.
If you’ve never meditated, perhaps discovering this blog will serve as a gentle nudge to install our app and give it a try (find us on iOS, Android, and the Web)
Michael Acton-Smith - Calm Co-Founder
I’ve always loved dreaming up new ideas, products and companies including the successful creation of Moshi Monsters.
There are many joys of entrepreneurial life but it can also be a chaotic, restless and intense existence. As an entrepreneur, you’re ‘always on’ fretting about missed opportunities and stressing about the future.
By the summer of 2014 I had reached breaking point. I was forever tired and suffered from headaches and the joy of work had faded to a dull ache. I took a much needed break. I went on long runs, played tennis and read a lot of books on a subject that kept hearing about: mindfulness.
Before this trip, I’d been intrigued by meditation but had always been too busy to give it a try. I discovered that guided meditations helped enormously and the more I practiced the more I managed to tame my mind.
I began to discover the many benefits that flow from having a strong, focused, calm mind. I felt like I’d stumbled across a secret power.
I returned to work in London rejuvenated. I was fired up and ready to take on anything.
Calming the mind is not about switching off and retreating from the bustle of life. It’s a superpower that rewires our brains, changes the way we see the world and helps to unlock our true potential.
Alex Tew - Calm Co-Founder
As a teenager, I became interested in the mind and in particular, how to improve it. I explored different ways to develop my memory, generate ideas and focus my attention. Some approaches were more successful than others. Then I discovered one technique that stood head and shoulders above the rest: mindfulness meditation.
Soon with daily practice, I began to feel calmer, more focused and happier.
An idea then occurred to me: I could create a website to help people meditate. I built a simple prototype but ran out of cash and it never saw the light of day.
Then, during whirlwind years of university and my first start-up: The Million Dollar Homepage - I was no longer taking time to calm my mind - just when I needed it most.
I realized how important mindfulness is - not just for me but for everyone. The world is getting faster and busier. Many of us are overworked and stressed out.
I began meditating regularly once more.
After getting back on track and launching a string of ventures, it was time to return to the idea of bringing meditation to the world by leveraging the power of the internet. I got together with my close friend Michael Acton Smith and we launched Calm in 2012.
Tamara Levitt - Head of Content
From a young age, I’ve been a questioner, seeking answers to help navigate this rollercoaster of a world we live in. At the age of 18, back when mindfulness was yet to grace the covers of magazines, I discovered meditation while in a clinic for eating disorders. This entry to meditation set off a decades-long pursuit that has defined much of my life.
For the past twenty-five years I have studied meditative practices and traditions such as Mindfulness meditation, Vipassana/Insight, Shambhala, Zen, and Theravada and Mahayana Buddhist teachings. I have studied with meditation teachers such as Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, Gen Kelsang Zopa, Lama Catherine Rathburn, Virginia Hamilton, Michael Stone, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Shinzen Young, Jeff Foster, Jim Bedard, Randy Baker, Venerable Hwasun Yangil Sunim, Philip Starkman, Matthew Brensilver, Vinny Ferraro, Sharon Salzberg and others.
While I’d never claim that meditation fixes everything, I can say it’s transformed my life. Over time meditation helped me work through a number of challenges, such as an eating disorder, depression, and anxiety. It helped me cope through a period of chronic pain. And though I still experience challenges, meditation has taught me to move through life’s discomforts more quickly and with greater ease. It’s inspired me to live more gently, compassionately, and courageously.
As Head of Content here at Calm, my hope is to support others on their path as they awaken and find equanimity. And to remind people that no matter how difficult or scary life feels, there’s a beginning and an ending to all challenge.
As an educator, I place a high importance on sharing the principles of mindfulness in an accessible way that stays true to original teachings.
In addition to writing and recording Calm’s content, I’m a producer, speaker and author. I’m the author of two children’s books, Happiness Doesn’t Come from Headstands and The Secret to Clara’s Calm. Both are published by Wisdom Publications.