There’s an app for everything, right? You can find a place to have lunch. Or improve your commute, except if you’re on the Mass Pike. There’s an app for discovering new things to do like sitting in a Himalayan salt spa. Or how about making your mornings manageable. There isn’t a thing we humans do that doesn’t have an app. Provided you have a smart phone, it’s sometimes all too much. Overwhelming even.
But here’s one way you can use the app store on your phone to turn down the noise: meditation and mindfulness apps. There are many, and Healthline.com has digested it for us. I won’t tell you how many apps I have on my phone, and if you’re like me, I thought I needed that Cat Fishing game for my kitty—which lasted all of 10 minutes. For the cat. But for meditation, going inward and just checking out for a little while, even a few minutes a day, is when I appreciate our over-technologized world and the guidance of an app right in my pocket.
What meditation apps are on my phone? Headspace is one of my favorites. With 10 newbie-focused 10-minute meditation exercises, known as Take 10, it’s designed to help you quickly understand what the practice is all about. There’s also a personalized progress page, a reward system for continued practice, and even a buddy system for you and your friends to help each other stay on track. And it’s free with in-App purchase options.
Another recommendation by Healthline is Calm. With this app, you can choose from an assortment of guided meditation experiences. The selections range from three-minute to 25-minute sessions. Another option it gives is Daily Calm, a 10-minute program you can practice right before your day begins or as it’s about to end. Other features include more than 20 sleep stories, breathing exercises, unguided meditations, and more than 25 soothing sounds to help you get to sleep.
Check out all of Healthline’s recommendations. There is certainly one for you. And many more by entering “meditation” in the App Store search field.
Why is meditation important? It helps keep our minds and bodies healthy; it helps us during stressful situations; and for people battling addiction or mental health conditions, it’s another strategy in the toolbox. If you’d like to do a deeper dive into the science and benefits of meditation, visit the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Medicine info on “Meditation in Depth.”
And, as always, don't forget to breathe.