Mindfulness Apps: Gimmicks or the Real Thing?

MeditationWith “mindfulness” having become such a buzzword over the last few years, it could be easy to dismiss mindfulness apps as gimmicks. But mindfulness has become much more mainstream and validated as not only a healthy way of living, but the practice of mindfulness meditation and mindfulness-based stress reduction have become integral components of corporate wellness programs and mainstream healthcare. And now, mindfulness apps for your portable devices have entered the arena. Rather than being gimmicky, they are useful and accessible tools to help both beginners and current practitioners stay on track with mindfulness practice.

These apps are available on Apple and/or Android devices, and offer opportunities for everything from just chilling out to some relaxing music for a brief period of time, to practicing various types of mindfulness meditations through guided meditations.

Some Favorite Mindfulness Apps

Not all will be your cup of tea, but I’m certain some will resonate with you if you are open to the idea and practice of mindfulness. Here are three of Mindful.org‘s (and my) favorites:

  • Stop, Breathe and Think – Available for Android and iPhone (Free)
  • Calm – Available for Android and iPhone (Free)
  • Mindfulness Training App – Available for iPhone (Free)

You can learn more about these apps at http://www.mindful.org/mindfulness-practice/free-mindfulness-apps-worthy-of-your-attention.

Don’t be afraid to do some searching on your own in Android’s Play Store and Apple’s iTunes or App Stores. With a little bit of searching, you can also find apps for meditation timers, guided meditations, and various types of meditation “trainers”.

Namaste, and happy hunting!

 

 

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