Chris’s Weekly Update – Mindfulness

Weekly Update - Mindfulness

Hey everyone,

This week, I wanted to talk about mindfulness. Heard of it? It’s been in the news a lot lately.

It’s been said that anxiety is worrying about the future and depression is dwelling on the past. Well, mindfulness teaches us to stay in the present moment. How does this help with anxiety? When you’re mindful, you learn to put space between your thoughts/feelings and observe them without judgement. In other words, instead of immediately reacting to a thought, you can respond more sensibly. Remember, just because you think something does not make it true.

We recently introduced three mindfulness meditations for our premium users within the RELAX activity: Senses, Observe and Breathe. These are designed to help you get familiar with mindfulness through very simple meditations.

Have you tried these yet? Next time you’re feeling anxious (or curious), give them a try and let me know what you think. Our monthly upgrade includes a 7-day free trial, so what are you waiting for? As always, you can reach me at with feedback.

Until next week,
Chris Goettel
Designer & Co-Founder

What We’re Working On

This week, Dale and I are working on…text thoughts! You’ve all been asking for them, and we’ve been listening. I think you’re really going to dig this.

We also have a release pending approval that includes custom feelings for tracking your mood, the ability to reorder health items, and private chat within communities. Email me at if you want to test this before it goes live.

This Week’s Community Playlist

In our second week of Music Community song suggestions, Twenty One Pilots continues to dominate. Here’s a Spotify playlist we put together based on your suggestions (keep them coming).

Pacifica Top Songs June 19

This Week’s Reads

Mindfulness Meditation Benefits: 20 Reasons Why It’s Good For Your Mental And Physical Health
by Amanda L. Chan via The Huffington Post

Mindfulness Can Literally Change Your Brain
by Christina Congleton, Britta, K. Hölzel, & Sara W. Lazar via Harvard Business Review

Mindfulness Meditation May Ease Anxiety, Mental Stress
by Julie Corliss via Harvard Health Publications

June 14 – Chris’s Weekly Pacifica Update

Weekly Update - June 14, 2015

Hey everyone,

This week, I wanted to answer some common questions I get about Pacifica. Check these out below. Remember, you can always reach me at

Meanwhile, Dale and I have been listening to your feedback/ideas within the Communities and are hard at work on the next release. Stay tuned…

If you haven’t downloaded the update, what are you waiting for? Get it now in the App Store or Google Play Store.

Until next week,
Chris Goettel
Designer & Co-Founder

Your Pacifica Questions

What do I get by upgrading?
A premium subscription gets you full access to Thoughts & Experiments each day. You also get additional mindfulness meditations in Relax as well as unlimited private groups.

Can I get a 7-day trial?
Yes, our monthly subscription comes with a free 7-day trial on both Android and iOS.

How do I remove Health habits?
To remove a Health habit, just swipe the row left to reveal a delete button. Health habits can always be re-added again later.

Can I customize my Health goals?
Yes, you can. From the main Health screen, just tap the gear in the upper-right corner. From here, you can set your own daily goals.

I forgot to enter my Health data yesterday. Can I still enter it?
Yes, you can. On the main Health screen, you’ll see a left arrow at the top. Tap this to move back a day (or however far back you need to go).

Can I add text note to a Mood entry?
Yes, you can. When completing a Mood entry, look for a note icon in the upper-right. Tap this to add a note describing any specifics you’d like.

Can I edit/delete Mood entries?
Yes, you can. From the Mood History view, just swipe a mood row to reveal delete and add note buttons.

Can I turn off the goal sound?
Yes, you can. Just tap the Account gear on the Home screen. Then tap NOTIFICATION SETTINGS > GOAL ALERT > Off.

You can also check our support site at for common questions, discussions, and upcoming features.

This Week’s Community Playlist

We introduced the Music community this week and the response was overwhelming. Here’s a Spotify playlist we put together based on your suggestions (we’ll be doing this each week so keep posting).

Pacifica Top Songs June 11

This Week’s Reads

9 Things I Wish People Understood About Anxiety
by Kady Morrison at VOX

‘Coming Out’ as Anxious
by Scott Stossel at The New York Times

Mindfulness May Be As Good as Meds for Staving Off Depression
by Linda Searing at The Washington Post

June 7 – Chris’s Weekly Pacifica Update

Weekly Update - June 7, 2015

Hey everyone,

With over 215K users, we’ve introduced two new social features this week:
Private Groups & Public Communities (see them in action here)

So far, everyone has been so positive and supportive. Keep it up. In this first weekly email, I’ve selected some of this week’s top posts. Check them out below.

As a sneak peek, Dale and I are working on adding private chat to the Communities, so stay tuned… Remember too, you can reach me at with questions or feedback. I’m all ears.

If you haven’t downloaded the update, what are you waiting for? Get it now in the App Store or Google Play Store and check out the community. We’re all in this together.

Until next week,
Chris Goettel
Designer & Co-Founder


Today I’m grateful for finding this app and seeing that other people struggle also. Not that I want anyone to struggle – sometimes I feel alone. Knowing other people are out there and getting through the mess is helpful.

Today I am grateful for my body. Once ravaged by chemo, radiation and surgeries…now in the process of being rebuilt and strong. Also, for coffee and Fridays, naturally!

Your Stories

I panic whenever someone randomly stops texting me. Like “Oh my god, did I say something wrong!?” “He hates me.” “She hates me.” “What did I do?” And then I start freaking out and texting them so many times and then I realize what I’m doing but it’s too late I’ve texted them like a hundred times “hello” and I end up having a lot less people to talk to which only makes it worse because then that person has to deal with all my freaking out.

I’m finding my anxiety to be much improved. I’ve been dealing with it for years. So far I’m really loving these thought tools on Pacifica. So glad I found this app and looking forward to using the communities in the future.


You have two choices: to control your mind or to let your mind control you.

Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end.


To conquer my fear of driving, today I will sit in my parked car for just 15 minutes.

Laugh wholeheartedly three times.

Pacifica Talk & Tips

So happy with this update, want to hear and read stories. Remember you’re not alone.

I really enjoy the updates. Encouraging to see other posts and remember you’re not alone. The bar graph for health is perfect. If nothing else, I’m already remembering to drink more water and make more time for me.


I wish I could comment on people’s post to tell them we will be alright. Anxiety isn’t going to kill us and it can only affect us as much as we let it. Surround yourselves with people who care and understand, it ma mean cutting some old ties but trust me that it is necessary. Support and encouragement is important.

REPEAT AFTER ME: My current situation is not my final destination

Work Stress

Building a startup has been a challenge to say the least. I’m also lucky enough to be getting married this summer, but it provides an added amount of stress that has been difficult to handle at times. What has kept me grounded is being able to acknowledge that negative thought is just that; it isn’t based in rational thought. Sometimes those thoughts take hold and it’s hard to pull away from but every time I do it helps me acknowledge just how lucky I really am.

I work as a supervisor at a local pet store. I love my job and the ability to help people learn new things about pet care. I am damn good at my job. But some days, the rotten rich people, the awful coworkers and stress of trying to keep our numbers up gets to me. It’s hard some days to bring myself to come here. I wish this wasn’t the case as I want to be here and help out rescues. I try my hardest on those days to remember why I am here.


I just want to say to anyone who has any sort of mental illness, you can do this mate! I believe in you. You are a beautiful human being and are valuable to the world. I love you and keep your head held high! You are worth it. Even though I may not know you. I care about you a whole lot. No matter your past. Just know that I care for you <3 Stay awesome guys!

I’m falling apart and I’m terrified.


It really stresses me out when I can’t sleep knowing I have work or school early the next day. I know me worrying about me not being able to sleep doesn’t help at all, but I don’t know what to do.

I’m afraid I’ll become dependent on sleeping pills but what can I do? I need to sleep at some point.


Going for a bike ride helps me. I like to go really fast, the air whipping around me makes me feel free of everything. I’m lucky to live in the country side so for me it’s a regular tool!

I drink tea – several cups a day. It has an amino acid called l-theanine, which helps promote relaxation and alertness. The process of waiting for the water to heat, using my favorite pots and cups, and watching the leaves unfurl is a meditative experience!


My deepest fear…ending up being alone in life with no friends, or any support, and failing to accomplish the goals I set for myself.

I’m afraid to fail someone who depends on me… And I’m a massive pushover so I agree to loads of stuff and I can never do it all and then I’m afraid that they will be angry or disappointed… Any advice?

My deepest fear is life going by too fast.

Weekly Reads

15 Things Anyone Who Loves A Woman With Anxiety Should Know
by Emma Gray at Huffington Post

I Was An Anxious Kid And Now I’m A Let It Go Mom
by Samantha Rodman at The Washington Post

4 Simple Things You Can Do to Improve Your Mental Wellness
by Dr. Matt Goldenberg at Huffington Post

10 Things You Should Know If Your Partner Has Anxiety
by Adelaide Maria at Thought Catalog

How to Handle Someone Else’s Anxiety or Panic Attacks
by George Tinari via Medium

App Update: Private Groups and Public Communities

It has been a very exciting couple of months for us here at Pacifica. We launched at the end of January and the response has been overwhelming. Over 215k people have signed up to use Pacifica, and we can’t get enough of what they’ve been saying about it:

Your comments and feedback have been inspiring. There truly is a movement underway in how people are starting to address their daily health. Fitness is no longer just about our physical wellbeing. It’s about our overall health and happiness, both body and mind. And an important part of that is in having personal support groups that can help when you need it most. We’re excited to say that these support groups are now coming to Pacifica. Today’s release focuses on two specific pieces of functionality: Private Groups and Public Communities.


Private Groups

Create support groups with your family, friends or confidants. Stay connected through chat and sharing (i.e. your mood history, thought records, and experiments).

Public Communities

Share your daily accomplishments, anecdotes, or inspirations, no matter how small. Or just browse and like your favorite content across our 12 communities (ranging from “Your Stories” to “Gratitude” to “Depression” to “Work Stress”).

Mindfulness Meditations

We have also added a few new exercises for our premium users. You can now calm yourself with three new mindfulness meditations: Breathe, Senses & Observe.

As always, we continue to try to fix as many bugs as we can every release as well. Here are a few of the bigger ones this time:

  • Recording Positive Visualizations on Android works correctly now.
  • Health data is correctly showing alongside your mood entries in progress.
  • Pauses during playback of certain relaxation exercises should work correctly now.
  • Relaxation audio should play correctly when phone is locked.
  • Delete mood entries and edit notes in the progress view.

We know we haven’t fixed everything or addressed all of your feedback but please do keep letting us know if you have any comments. We’re always striving to make Pacifica as good as it can possibly be and we can’t do it without your input.