9 Apps for Mindfulness
As we find ourselves busier and busier, it’s easy to get caught up in the enjoyment, pleasure, and satisfaction that comes from being continually occupied. Our smartphones are with us every second of the day, and there’s always something new to check out on Instagram or Facebook, which only serves to heighten our experience of daily life passing us by faster than we can experience it.
One of the ways that people have started to push back against the constant encroachment of technology and social media into our lives is through the practice of mindfulness. This practice encourages people to take time out every day for themselves and helps them develop the tools necessary to stay in the moment, rather than searching for a distraction or escape. While some people think smartphones only hamper this practice, the truth is a new generation of teachers and coaches are using apps to promote mindfulness on a daily basis.
Here are some of the most interesting mindfulness apps that will help encourage your practice on a daily basis.
Headspace is one of the most popular mindfulness apps on the market because it approaches the practice in a straightforward, encouraging way. It’s available on iOS and Android and comes with a free 10-day basic course to get you started. After that, a full year subscription is only $58, which may seem like a lot, but with that you get access to their entire library of themed meditation sessions, which all build on the basic course. They have several 30-day meditation courses designed to help anxiety, stress, or depression, as well as a large number of singles designed for situations like eating, going to bed, or taking a test. All the meditations are narrated by Andy Puddicombe, the founder of Headspace, a former sports scientist turned Buddhist monk with a genial, soothing voice.
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One of the most unassuming mindfulness apps on the market today is Minutiae, an app that encourages you to celebrate the beauty of life’s most unassuming moments. Once you install the free app, you’ll get a notification every day at a random time which will prompt you to take a photo within one minute. The idea is that you take a photo of your regular life every day for 1440 days — no filters, editing, or posing — which gets stitched together into a tapestry that celebrates your everyday moments. There’s no commenting, no liking, and they even refer to themselves as the “anti-social media app.” The app makers hope that encouraging people to celebrate these everyday moments will lead to more mindful behavior.
3. The Mindfulness App
The Mindfulness App is another meditation-focused app that’s available for both iOS and Android. Like Headspace, it aims to encourage a daily practice of mindfulness mediation through their excellent themed sessions, which are available to new users free for the first month. After that, you can pay $59.99 for premium library access, or $0.99 for each separate session. The sessions are all narrated by different teachers, so you can pick which ones suit your practice. The app also allows you to track your progress and save your favorite sessions. It also allows you to build your own personalized meditation sessions by customizing the sounds, intervals, and narrator.