Headspacer Stories

July 21, 2014

Headspacer Stories

As much as possible, we aim to feature stories about the transformational effects that mindfulness practice has had on our users.
In this blog, Josh Pavek describes how practicing mindfulness has completley changed his approach to dealing with OCD.



I don't pretend to be able to make a long story short but I'll do my best. I have OCD and have had it now for 20+ years. I don't check the stove or the door lock over and over, rather I deal with intrusive thoughts; the kind that make you wish you didn't exist at times.

I've battled these types of intrusive thoughts for years. A change began to take place when I started practicing mindfulness 3 years ago after stumbling across the Take 10 series. Before mindfulness I'd approach my thoughts as something to battle and control. I would repeatedly try to knock down the thoughts and emotions that I experienced. I spent a great amount of time reasoning with them. Mindfulness changed my approach and ultimately my life.

Headspace is my go to choice to learn about, practice, and integrate mindfulness into my life. My quality of life has changed in ways that I never imagined that it could. Life isn't perfect but it's was never intended to be so.

I am deeply saddened by the tremendous suffering that millions of people endure on a daily basis because they have OCD. I want people to know that there is hope and that mindfulness is the key to finding peace with their OCD. I sometimes get frustrated because I don't know who will listen or wants to listen to my story so that we can help more people.

I appreciate all that Headspace has done for me and the new life that's possible because of it.

Thank you kindly,

Josh Pavek


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July 22, 2014

Research about meditation and mindfulness benefits to mental health conditions are pretty wide-spread, especially regarding anxiety and depression. The huge challenge is that these conditions often make the practice more difficult, and people quit before getting benefits. Headspace method mitigates that by creating a really gradual and simple structure to be followed. And that has made it possible for me to stick with probably the best anti-anxiety tool ever.



July 24, 2014

Hi Josh, glad you wrote this -it is absolutly true. Pure "O", OCD is in my experience removed when you accept the thoughts for what they are - thoughts. When we stop battling or reasoning with them, stop trying to resist the anxiety they bring, stop trying to stop them - then they diminish of their own accord. Wierd really - I just wish someone had told me 20 years ago !


Crispine Mellor

July 28, 2014

What an amazing story. Inspired!



February 21, 2015

Thanks for the article Josh. I can identify with you 100%--I also have "Pure O" OCD. I am up to my 18th Headspace session and I can already sense it is helping me to live in the present.