According to a Harvard study, on average, 47% of the time when we’re awake, we get lost in our thoughts about what isn’t really happening. Being able to think about something that is not happening now is a success in the evolution of the human brain, but we pay a heavy emotional price for it. Stress and anxiety, once our life-saving allies, in today’s world basically make it difficult to perform our daily duties. We still don’t know the perfect way to “return to reality” mythical, but simple meditation is gaining popularity lately – especially meditation software available in mobile applications. Soothing music combined with breathing exercises can work wonders.
Calm is the most popular application of this type. Calm meditation lessons are designed for a variety of purposes, from facilitating sleep, to increasing self-esteem, to learning tolerance and calming the inner critic. Classes are usually divided into 7 days, and the teacher will speak to us in English. Apart from them, you will find a large selection of relaxing music and nature sounds along with calming images that can be used for meditation, work or bedtime. An interesting fact is “Bedtime Stories”, which is a small collection of audiobooks. Calm is also a knowledge base – a subscription gives you access to three series of lectures by psychologists.
Calm app is available for Android and iOS. We recommend the use of headphones. You can listen, among other things, to dozens of programs or almost 7 days and soft music for free.
Headspace is an extensive meditation app, full version with hundreds of programs and exercises. It is worth paying attention to it thanks to the experience of its co-creator. Andy Bodecombe spent 10 years learning meditation in India and Nepal, among others, and after returning to Europe, he taught meditation himself. He poured his expertise into 10-minute meditation programs. In his opinion, 10 conscious minutes every day is enough to make life better. The app not only contains recordings that lead to meditation, but also specific educational animations.
Headspace works on iOS and Android. We can take 10 lessons of 10 minutes each for free.
10% Happier is an app designed not only to introduce you to meditation, but also to broaden your horizons. In addition to introductory videos for exercises, here you will find a lot of video materials with interesting information about the uses and techniques of meditation. In the library of more than 500 films, there are also suggestions on how to improve your quality of life. The app has been prepared in collaboration with the best meditation teachers from different countries and it aims not only to help you regain your balance, but also to have fun and learn.
10% of the Haber app works on Android and iOS. For free, you can take some basic courses and watch an introduction to them.
Simple Habit is another product for busy and exhausted people who are looking for a way to deal with problems. Many teachers were involved in making the tapes for Simple Habit, from mindfulness specialists working in companies, to academics, to ex-monks educated in India and Nepal. There are more than a thousand programs in the app that target a variety of problems – from relieving insomnia to reducing stress before an important meeting or appointment. The advantage of the application is the ability to adjust the length of the session to the time we have available, in the range from 5 to 20 minutes.
Simple Habit can be installed on Android and iOS. You can use more than 50 registrations for free, and you can also test access to Premium for 30 days. It is also useful to use the browser version on simplehabit.com, where you can find recordings of meditation and sounds for action.
stop, breathe and think
Stop, Breathe & Think is another app that has preset meditation sessions, but unlike the above, it doesn’t require logging in and allows you to save information about your current mood before starting your workout. After launch, the application will ask you about your physical and mental health, and then, based on this, will suggest various activities to you that may improve the user’s well-being. It is worth noting that here we will find not only recordings that help with meditation, but also breathing exercises, yoga and acupressure. There was also a reminder about a meditation break.
Stop, Breathe & Think works on Android, iOS, and in the browser on any other platform. More than 30 sessions can be used for free, in the premium version there are approximately 100 sessions, but we can choose the length of the session and the voice of the coach.
zazen meditation timer
Zazen Meditation Timer is a very simple app that does only one task – it counts down your meditation time according to the schedule provided previously. Charts can be made independently, whether based on experience or lessons learned. Several ringtones will tell you to change the phase, but this sound can also be changed. No music, no directions, no teacher’s voice. The user decides how to use the time – by focusing on the environment, breathing, muscle tension, or relaxation. If necessary, the app can also mute all other sounds from the phone.
Zazen Meditation Timer is available for Android.
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