There is a daily battle for our attention ….Work, family, worries and technology.
It can feel like there just isn’t enough of us to go around. And the cost is clear. Distraction when we're trying to be present for those we love. Habits that we know aren’t healthy.
You’ve heard that mindfulness can help. Maybe you’ve tried meditation or yoga, to try to get some balance, some internal control. But it’s not easy.
It’s hard to make time for those things. Or if you can, you feel that resistance to slowing down. The thoughts get going, The urge to check a device kicks in. And it almost seems like something is pushing you away from yourself doesn’t it?
You aren’t alone
Mindfulness is an excellent tool. But in-person classes or meditation apps on a phone are usually not enough to stop the stress that keeps us from being mindful.
The VisibleU™ system is different. It shows you exactly what to do, out in your real life, to be more present with loved ones and focused at work, with a unique set of screen-free tools that are mailed to you each month.
VisibleU teaches you how to be more mindful in short bursts throughout your day. (Without using one of the biggest threats to mindfulness ... our phones.)
With the VisibleU subscription system, you get a physical box delivered to your door each month with weekly lesson letters, activity cards to carry with you, and a reminder wristband, that all work together to help you make small shifts toward mindfulness throughout your day. The activities take just a few seconds.
VisibleU also gives you access to an online portal that includes digital versions of all the box content, PLUS weekly videos that explain and expand upon the monthly skills. Yes this is a screen. But portal use is only necessary for 10 minutes of each week of the month. Saturday or Sunday you login to watch a very short video that will explain the lessons and focus of the activity cards for the coming week.
The ability of mindfulness isn't just one thing... It's a set of skills that let you guide your thinking, feeling and focus, away from stress and back to wellbeing.
The VisibleU system breaks down the ability of mindfulness into monthly topics, that you get the entire month to practice.
Here are some examples...
Hello! I’m a relationship and addiction expert, and the creator of the VisibleU system. In the last 17 years I’ve helped hundreds of people create healthier habits and more satisfying relationships. I received my Master’s in Applied Psychology from New York University and completed mediation training at the Columbia University School of Law. I have held numerous clinical roles, managed clinical operations for a national EAP, and have advised executives on complex employee-relations concerns at Fortune 1000 companies. I live in St. Louis, Missouri with my husband and a master instructor of mindful living …our Border Collie/Pointer-mix “Abby”.
Zsuzsi Harko lovingly spreads the word about the benefits of mindfulness and self-compassion for The Visible Self and VisibleU. Zsuzsi and I met while she was living in St. Louis, and we have remained dear friends ever since. Zsuzsi has studied in the United States, United Kingdom and Hungary, and lives in the New York area with her husband and their two children.
The VisibleU system is ready to go. We just need your support to 1) Get the word out, and 2) Raise funding for our first round of printing, so our retail price can be widely accessible. 3) We also look forward to your feedback. This system has been developed and refined over the past 2 years. But we are committed to making it even better. Help us make this the most effective mindfulness program out there.
Risks and challenges
This project has been a labor of love that began to take shape three years ago. I have taken tremendous time and care with the content, but I am also committed to creating a program that truly resonates with the broadest audience possible. That's our first reason for choosing Kickstarter.
My printer is local here in St. Louis and has been fantastic and very timely throughout the process of developing the prototypes. The membership website and portal are ready to go (and to my great surprise I have picked up some decent web development skills through this process, so I can make basic changes to the membership site and add content all by myself now).
I see little to no risk that the boxes will be shipped within the January 2019 time frame. One challenge is timing the monthly shipments outside the continental US when the product is fully launched after Kickstarter. That's why we are testing a digital-only version of the VisibleU box content that can be printed by those who live outside the continental US and Canada.
But I feel very strongly that delivery of the box in physical form is ideal. So we are working hard to find shipping options that will eventually allow for international delivery of the monthly physical boxes in a timely and economical way.
The other challenge that brought us to Kickstarter is exposure ... getting the word out. VisibleU was created to meet a need that seems to be rampant in our world ... The pace of life is getting faster by the day. But we do have the power to stay present in our lives. We can balance compassion + strength for ourselves AND for others ... You just need the right tools. That's what VisibleU is here to give you.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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