I think it’s a bit incongruous that finding Zen is meant to take you away from the stress and pressures of modern living, yet you can actually harness the power of technology to help you achieve it. It’s one of those oddities of life you can love, though. Meditation has been around for centuries. Smartphones and tablets haven’t. However, there are meditation apps that bring together the ancient and modern for our benefit. Here’s a few meditation apps to review – maybe the right one for finding your Zen is here.
This is one of the many meditation apps that gives you guided meditation via your phone or tablet device. You can set it for as little as three minutes for if you have to cool down during a busy task, or you can set it for 30 minutes to have a quick zone out during your lunch break. You can set a reminder for your meditation and you can set reminders that work during your meditation sessions.
Available for: Android
This is a free app you can use to learn Buddhist meditation techniques. They help you become more seasoned and productive in your meditation techniques and sessions. The techniques are wide ranging and are designed to help you reach a relaxed and calm state more easily. The app shows techniques that are seemingly deeper and more intense. They also have uplifting reminders and quotes along with several levels of practice.
Available for: iPhone/iPad
This is an app that takes you through seven steps of calm a little like the five stages of grief or the twelve stages of abstinence. You can set your app to work for two to twenty minutes. It has voice guides to take you through the process. Work your way through the steps to achieve inner peace and/or your inner calm.
With this app, you can connect with other meditation studios or groups. Find places you can join in your local area and if you are out of town. You can find sessions and you can plan for them. You can also use it to remind yourself when your next session is and there’s a function that allows you to book yourself into sessions. You can pay for the sessions on your phone too.
If you’ve already started meditating or are just looking for breathing techniques to calm and control your anxiety, this is a great little app. With it you can learn belly/diaphragmatic breathing through a series of exercises. You rate stress levels as you go along to see how effective the exercises are.
Available for: iPhone/Android
This is a simple meditation app and ideal for beginners. I think you’ll like Andy Puddicombe – the app’s designer and narrator. He’s a former Buddhist monk and he has a very soothing voice – just right for lulling you into a meditative state for just a few minutes each day.
Stuck for what music to play to get you in the zone? This app has a nice library of relaxing tracks with different themes. It’s great for meditating, but there are tunes to lull you into a deep sleep too. Just set the timer if you only want a power nap.
Do you think any of these will help you find your Zen? If you have a favorite meditation app, please tell us.
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