Spire is now only $99.95!

At Spire, we always strive to be more efficient, from the way we run our business to the suppliers we work with, to bring the best products to market at the best price. Over the past few months, we have been working with our suppliers to bring down the hard costs of the materials we use to manufacture Spire.

Through our continuing efforts to bring mindfulness to more people, we are now able to pass those savings onto you. Effective today, Spire will be available for $99.95 on all of our retail and online channels, including apple.com, Apple retails stores, amazon.com and at Spire.io.

Spire is the most affordable, highest quality, technologically advanced, and accurate product for mindfulness training on the market today. We hope that with this price reduction, we will give even more people the opportunity to make mindfulness part of their daily lives.

Mediate on Love with This Spire Playlist

We are all feeling a little bit low on love right now. The latest kick to the year is the break up of Bradgelina. Yes, the once #relationshipgoals Hollywood couple has called it quits and so we are left with the need to move on.

To help you with this disillusionment of love, we created the Spire Playlist, Meditate on Love. This playlist guides you through all of the stages of a romantic relationship, from the ecstatic honeymoon period, to steady, domestic love, to the heartbreak of ending a relationship, and discovering love again as individuals and not a part of a couple. Enjoy!

Queen – “Somebody to Love” 

We start our romantic journey with the need to meet a person we can fall in love with. There is no better representation of this than Freddy Mercury singing his heart out, as always, in “Somebody to Love.”

Bright Eyes – “First Day of My Life”

Then we find someone and it feels like life before that person never even existed. We are born again as a person in love with a partner who loves you back. Bright Eye’s song “First Day of My Life” is the perfect song for this feeling of being reborn through love.

Beyoncé – “Crazy in Love”

So now we’re in love and the dopamine is rushing all through our system, so much so that it feels like your addicted to your partner.  Or as Beyoncé calls it, you’re “Drunk in Love.”

Beach Boys – “God Only Knows” 

But intense, passionate love is not a realistic love. A real love grows to understand that even when people fight or go through tough times, it doesn’t mean the people involved don’t love each other. It’s understanding that we can go on without the person we love, but we don’t really know who we will be without them. One of the best love songs every written is “God Only Knows” by The Beach Boys, because it is able to define all of these emotions through one song.

Arctic Monkeys – “Mardy Bum”

But even in the best of relationships, there are fights. They can be epic scale fights or tiny disagreements, like being late to an event. “Mardy Bum” by the Arctic Monkeys is a great song that illustrates the small arguments that we have in all relationships versus the happy domestic moments.

Joy Division – “Love Will Tear Us Apart Again”

Sometimes though, those small disagreements grow to resentment in love, with one or both partners not feeling happy in the relationship. We can still love someone, but if the relationship is dead, then its best for everyone to get out of the situation. It’s something that Ian Curtis contemplated a lot and was able to write a truly amazing song about with, “Love Will Tear Us Apart.”

Rilo Kiley – “Breakin’ Up”

When we get out of a bad relationship, it can be a complete sigh of relief. One of the best positive break up songs is Rilo Kiley’s “Breakin’ Up.” What better way to let go of a bad partner than to sing, “Oh, it feels good to be free!”

Smokey Robinson & The Miracles – “The Tracks of My Tears” 

More often than not though, we are either lying to ourselves, or to those around us, if we say that we are ok and everything is fine after a break up. It’s not. Let Smokey Robinson’s amazing voice sing that pain for you through, “The Tracks of My Tears.”

Adele – “Someone Like You”

As with most things, time helps us heal and let go of the past so we can move forward. For this heartbreaking acceptance, we have Adele’s “Someone Like You” to listen to and find solace.

Nina Simone – “Feeling Good”

Then one day you wake up and Nina Simone is singing to you because you’re “Feeling Good.”

Ready to fall in love and do it all over again.

Check out the full Spotify Playlist here:

 

Mindfulness Goes Mainstream

Mindfulness is now mainstream.

More wearable technology companies are starting to understand the potential impact of mindfulness – and we’re thrilled. Since 2014, we’ve talked about why breath and mindfulness are the next frontiers in wellness. Back then, pundits called our app, market-focus and breakthrough breathing sensors “niche.” They were wrong: now, almost every other major wearable technology company is attempting to enter the space we’ve led.

But there is a big difference between a paced breathing exercise using LEDs on your wrist and actually measuring and impacting your breathing and state of mind in daily life. At Spire, we continue to invest in developing deep technologies and experiences that do what wristbands cannot: provide real-time insights on your breathing and measurable outcomes to improve your state of mind in daily life.

We do it by actually sensing respiration, improving mindfulness, and training in breathing practices. Here’s how:

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Spire’s sensors – which go beyond simple accelerometers – and algorithms measure respiration patterns continuously, throughout the day (not only when to stop to meditate).

This means Spire can:

  1. Notify you in-the-moment when your breathing changes – like when you are getting tense or haven’t taken a deep breath in a while. This is key!

    “I set up an immediate alarm to notify me of my ‘Tense’ streaks, and that really helps me to become instantly aware of the fact I have to get calmer.” -A.C.
  2. Deliver a complete picture of your day to help you understand your breathing and state of mind all day long. For example, understand what makes you tense, what brings you calm, and when you get most focused.

    “I’ve also noticed that I’d often become tense when speaking about my work projects, or discussing things with my team members. Spire helps me there as well, notifying me of a tense streak.” -J.G.
  3. blog_quote2Visualize your breathing, in real-time, while doing any breathing practice or meditations.

“The breathwave visualization is the best thing I’ve ever used as a breathing technique for calming down.” -J.J.

Spire feeds your respiration data to algorithms that strip out the noise and classify it according to the way you normally breathe (what’s calm for you is different than calm for another person).  Our algorithms are based on dozens of laboratory studies around the world that distinguish how respiration patterns vary with cognitive and emotional state.

The success of wearables has been built on using new sensors to measure and provide feedback that you can directly use. This rule is no different when it comes to breathing and mindfulness: measuring your breathing is paramount.

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Mindfulness is the practice of creating space between stimulus and response; it helps you respond to life situations versus reacting irrationally. This requires strong ability to direct one’s attention as well as the ability to observe without judgment.

A core technique in mindfulness is to use breathing as an anchor for attention. This is because respiration is the only autonomic function you have direct control over. Greater mindfulness practice results in a lower resting respiration rate, among other clinical outcomes such as reduced depression and stress. The guidance in the Spire app is based on protocols from clinical studies to alleviate anxiety and pain, increase heart rate variability, reduce blood pressure, and more.

Meditation:

Meditation is the exercise of practicing to be more skilled with our attention and to have greater awareness and control over emotions. The most common meditation technique is to maintain attention on the breath.

At Spire, we’ve always believed that helping improve wellness requires more than just tracking steps and calories burned. That’s why we’ve always taken a holistic approach to personal health.

Body + mind, together.

Mindfulness Weekly Review: Bunker Hill and Gardening

The Guardian, If you want to practice mindfulness, the garden is the place to be

A nicely written piece by Tom Smart on how gardening is a great mindfulness practice.

Education Dive, Where Mindfulness Education Fits in Schools

Great article on how Chicago public schools are performing a study on mindfulness in kindergarten to 2nd grade classrooms.

Sitepoint, How to Take Your Mindfulness Meditation Technique Further

Awesome round-up of different mindfulness meditation exercises.

Yes Magazine, The Stress-Busting, Mood-Lifting Effects of Mindfulness During Pregnancy

Kira M. Newman goes through the benefits of mindfulness during pregnancy.

Chicago Tribune, Mama’s Gotta Move: Willpower versus Mindfulness

Find out why mindfulness living is harder, but more fulfilling, than dieting and exercising on willpower alone.

Huffington Post, Team Building: Using Mindfulness and Meditation

Knowing the importance of relationships and communication in a team, this article highlights how mindfulness can help keep these connections healthy.

Huffington Post, Back To School Yoga and Mindfulness Tips for the Entire Family

A great eBook download, Mindful Monkey Goes Back to School.

Mindfulness Weekly Review: Burning Man and Cartoons

Your Story, The ‘Monk’ Who Preaches Mindfulness On A Harley Davidson

Read about Gopi Krishnaswamy, a life coach and mindfulness guide, who recommends motorcycle riding as a form of mindfulness.

Huffington Post, 4 Quick Mindfulness Practices for Coping with Anxiety

Meghan Renzi shares 4 mindfulness tips to deal with anxiety.

Northwestern University News, Mindfulness Combats Depression for Disadvantaged Black Women

A study at Northwestern University showed an decrease in depressive symptoms across 31 participants after participating in mindfulness training.

NPR, When Teachers Take A Breath, Students Can Bloom

An in-depth look at a program called Cultivating Awareness and Resilience for Educators (CARE) that educates teachers on mindfulness to help bring better understanding in the classroom.

AV Club, “Mindful Education” Steven Universe Episode Review

Steven Universe teaches kids how to be ok with negative emotions.

Feelin’ The Burn for Burning Man?

It’s that time of year again. Burning Man is about to begin. For those of you who aren’t familiar with this annual event, Burning Man is a gathering that takes place in late August at Black Rock City – a temporary community erected in the Black Rock Desert in Nevada. This year marks the 30th anniversary of Burning Man, which was initially started in 1986 on Baker Beach in San Francisco.

Burning Man draws people from all over the world, 70,000+ last year in fact, who come together to honor and celebrate the tenets that draw humans closer to one another, remove transactional relationships from the equation and allow people to focus on personal growth, spirituality and self-actualization. The event is described as an experiment in community and art, influenced by ten main principles: “radical” inclusion, self-reliance and self-expression, community cooperation, civic responsibility, gifting, decommodification, participation, immediacy and leaving no trace.

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We love what Burning Man stands for. The focus on participation (self and group), self-reliance, and inclusion inspires people to focus on their inner strengths and gifts to become more aware of what we’re truly capable of. Through understanding and challenging ourselves, we can take personal responsibility and enact change as we see fit (in our lives, our families, our society). This is aligned with how we practice mindfulness: cultivating greater awareness of the thoughts, emotions, and sensations that drive our behavior so that we can live in greater alignment with our personal values.

As Burning Man gets ready to kick off, we look forward to seeing and hearing about all the experiences people are having on the Playa. Self-discovery is a path to enlightenment and a better understanding of the world around us. Stay mindful, and bring those of us back in the “default world” a taste of your experiences when you return!

Android is Here!!!

The new Spire Android app is here!

Spire is now available on iOS and Android, making it so you can really take mindfulness with you wherever you go.

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We’ve been working on our Android app for over a year, perfecting the experience and building features that we tested on the iOS version. We’re finally ready to release it to the world and we are so excited and thankful that you stuck with us.

With all the different Android devices out there, we’ve done our best to try and make it compatible with as many devices as possible. You can find a complete list of compatible Android devices here. If you are one of the users who purchased a Spire before the Android app was available and you don’t see your phone on this list, give it a try to see if we missed one. If it doesn’t work, please contact us, no matter how long ago you purchased your Spire, we will issue you a full refund.

Here’s some highlights of the new app that we think you’ll enjoy.

New Integrations.

New Insights.

New App.

Whether you’re at home, at work, or on the go, discovering mindfulness has never been easier. Our new Android app is intuitive, fast, and has new integrations with other products already on your phone, like: Calendar, Photos and Location, for even greater personalization and customization.

Integrations

Location, Calendar & Photos can now be synced to your Spire app so you can track moments where you feel calm, focused or tense with greater granularity.

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Access & Review

Your daily and weekly data is compiled right there in the app.

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Live Streaks

Are available in real-time and as they happen.

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As always, we look forward to your feedback because some of our greatest insights come from our users like you!

Stay Mindful. 

Mindfulness Weekly Review: Rio Edition

This week, all the mindfulness news is based around athletes competing in Rio! Enjoy!

Huffington Post, Olympic Medalist Deena Kastor Shares 10 Mindfulness Tips for World Record Success, Health and Happiness 

Kastor is a bronze medal winner and American half-marathon record holder.

Business Insider, A Sports Psychologist Who Trains Olympic Athletes Reveals the Keys to Performing Under Pressure 

Sports psychologist Kristin Keim talks about her use of mindfulness when training athletes.

Fortune, What the Rio Olympics Teaches Business Leaders

A few tips from the games on how to preform better in business.

Huffington Post AU, A Day Will Come When World Records Can’t Be Broken

Find out how humans will improve their training to break ever changing world records.

The Telegraph, How To Get Into the Mindset of A Winner: Lessons from Olympic Athletes

Really great tips on how to train your mind like top performing athletes.

Wall Street Journal, To Cope with Stress, Volleyball Refs in Rio Hold Hands, Do Yoga

Volleyball is a major sport in Brazil and these referees knew they had to train their minds to handle the passion of the competitors and crowds.

 

Breaking World Records the Mindfulness Way

When we watch amazing athletes like Michael Phelps or Katie Ledecky dominate their sport, it’s difficult to imagine anyone else doing it better. But, performing better than those in the past is how humans evolve. World records are made to be broken, even if the margin between the older record and the new is in milliseconds. As records get closer to each other, athletes have to find new ways to push their performances forward and break through to dominate.

Mindfulness has been a major topic of discussion in Rio. Competitors like Tom Daley, Kerri Walsh Jennings, and Gabby Douglas have said they use mindfulness meditation in their training. When you are running against people with amazing raw talent like Usain Bolt, having your mind fully trained to perform at your best could be the key to winning and establishing new world records.

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As you practice mindfulness, you learn to stop judging yourself and comparing yourself to others. This allows you to focus on your own performance and not be worried about the person in the lane next to you. When you excel to your personal best, you let go of the worry of winning. The ability to worry less about the outcome of your event could lead to a better performance and a world record.

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Another aspect of mindfulness that can be used in sports training is its ability to build on stress resilience. Through mindfulness and meditation, you learn that the present is important but, it is also a passing moment. If you believe that your present pain is not going to last forever, you are more likely to force yourself to keep going and perform at a higher level. As Richard Keegan, an assistant professor in Sports and Exercise Psychology from the University of Canberra stated in the Huffington Post, when talking about pain and fatigue during sports, “The muscle can still function perfectly safely, it’s the brain that’s exhausted” (Cayla Dengate, Huffington Post Australia).

For now, 21 world records have been broken in Rio. In 2012, the total number of newly established world records was 32. As we head into the final days of the games, we will find out if the adoption of mindfulness in sports training leads to more broken records. We think it will.

Mindfulness in Athletic Performance

While we’ve been watching the coverage of the athletes competing in Rio over the last few days, we’ve noticed some themes taking shape: Mindfulness, Meditation, and Visualization.

Mindfulness & Meditation

More and more athletes have been talking about their training and how they’ve incorporated meditation and mindfulness into their practice. There is a direct correlation to mind/body training that improves athletes overall well-being and performance. Over the course of the games, we will be identifying key performance indicators that we’ve noticed and sharing them with you via our blog. To get us started, we selected four athletes competing this year and how they use mindfulness, meditation and visualization to focus, stay in-tune with their bodies and keep their eye on the prize.

Tom Daley

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Source: Instagram @tomdaley1994

“Every morning I do 10 minutes of mindfulness where I do meditation and I use that in competition and everyday life,” he reveals. “I started doing it at the beginning of this year and I’ve done it every day since. It’s helped me massively and I feel like that’s one of the reasons why this year I’ve been the most consistent that I’ve been in competition.” The Telegraph

Sam Mikulak

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The most important 15 minutes of Sam Mikulak’s daily routine doesn’t come in the gym or the weight room. They usually take place early in the morning, shortly after he pulls himself out of bed at the U.S. Olympic Training Center.

There in the stillness, the best American male gymnast of his generation turns his mind into a blank slate. Nothing is allowed in. Not worries about whether he can find a way to combine consistency with his considerable talent. Not concerns about the ankles that are always one iffy landing away from disaster. Not the stakes as he prepares himself for another Olympic moment, one with significantly higher stakes than four years ago in London. – NBC

Visualization

The use of “visualization” in sports psychology has been used for years in the training of elite athletes. While this practice is more difficult to master, here are some helpful links that can make it more attainable. Combining mindfulness and visualization can be a significant tool in helping athletes achieve their peak level of performance.

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Source: Instagram @kerrileewalsh

“A lot of what we do is visualization,” Walsh told USA TODAY. “To be able to … take in the sights, the sounds, the stress, the excitement — that’s going to serve us really well moving forward.” USA Today

Look for more from Spire over the next couple weeks as we bring you more insights and personal stories of professional athletes embracing mindfulness as part of their training to claim the title of “best in the world.”