…cultivating mindfulness has a way of giving your life back to yourself… -Jon Kabat-Zinn
It’s no secret that meditation/mindfulness has had a big impact on my overall quality of life during the past year. I’m very fortunate to work in a place where there are some amazing teachers. Taking a meditation class, and/or working privately with a professional can be a powerful and empowering experience.
When I was beginning my exploration of meditation, I didn’t have the budget to work with a professional as often as I wanted to. I needed to find a supplement to it. Here’s where technology came to my rescue: meditation apps! Please note that I don’t intend to advocate these as a replacement for professional guidance; also, I am a student, not a teacher.
I currently have two of them on my phone, and there are plenty more to choose from:
Insight Timer: This was the first meditation app I downloaded, and I think it was a fantastic introduction to the concept. It has both a timer and guided meditations. It also shows you how many people are meditating at the same time as you, and there are groups you can join. The free version only has two options for sounds and no interval bells, for $2.99 you can get the deluxe* version and have more customization of your timer.
Meditation Timer: This app is a timer only, it has no guided meditations or community groups. Why choose this one? There are lots of options to customize your timer in the free version. You can set interval bells, reminders, a daily goal; this timer is cool. You can buy the pro* version for $3.00.
* I’d suggest starting with the free version of both apps to see which one you like better. Once you decide, if you’re able to upgrade it’s a nice way to support the developer.
Quote: Kabat-Zinn, Jon. Mindfulness for Beginners. Boulder: Sounds True, 2012. Print. Page 1.
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