When most people think of meditation, they often imagine sitting silently in a lotus position, breathing deeply, and allowing thoughts to come and go. Many are not aware that meditation is a very freeform activity and there’s really no right or wrong way to do it.

Using apps to meditate might seem like a contradiction of some sort, but the truth is you can use anything to help you meditate – whether it’s the sounds of nature or words from a guided meditation app.

Because we take our smartphones pretty much everywhere we go, having a meditation app to help us be more mindful even in the midst of activity is a big game changer for how we spend our daily lives.

If you’d like to try out a meditation app, here are some of the best ones available today:


Buddhify 2
Buddhify 2 contains a series of short guided meditations that are perfect for almost any situation – while taking a quick break, riding a train, walking to your workplace, or even enjoying a nice meal.

The great thing about the guided meditations in Buddhify 2 is that they’re meant to be used over and over, so you can eventually learn to practice mindfulness wherever you are, even without using the app.

 


Smiling Mind
Smiling Mind is an Australia-based non-profit initiative designed to help people de-stress and stay calm. Their app contains tracks that are pretty straightforward so anyone can get into meditation and experience its benefits. The meditations in the app are very easy to get into and are interesting enough to keep you moving onto the next exercise.

 

Sleep Easily Meditation
If you’re having difficulty trying to go to sleep, it’s because our minds are usually buzzing after a day filled with activity. If you’re looking for an app that will help calm your busy mind so you can get some shuteye, Sleep Easily Meditation is the app for you. The app combines soothing music with relaxation exercises and is perfect for anyone looking for an easier way to doze off.

5 Comments
  1. I’ve recently gotten into meditation and I think these apps will be very helpful to me. The very first one I’m going download is ‘Sleep Easily Meditation’, because I have trouble sleeping at night. I’ve tried meditating all by myself but so far, no luck. Hopefully this app will help me.

  2. I actually tried Sleep Easy Meditation, and I was very dubious at first – but I actually found that it really did improve my quality of sleep, and this made me feel much better when I woke up in the morning! It’s amazing just how much of an effect sleep can have on your overall health, and if you just take the time to try things like this you are almost certain to see a difference, so it is well worth it.

  3. I was using Headspace for a little while, it gives you 10 free sessions on mindfulness which last 10 minutes each, I was listening to one a night just before going to bed and it really helped to settle me into sleep. I am the kind of person that ends up tossing and turning in bed with a million things on my mind and before I know it 3 hours have passed. Mindfullness is a great way to stop those intruding thoughts taking over and these apps are perfect for helping you practice those techniques.

  4. I was introduced to meditation a couple of years ago and it changed my life for good. I have to say though, the results don’t show up until a couple of months pass by, it’s a long-term process that you have to be patient with. After all, you’re changing the way you think and the way you react to certain situations. I’m much calmer now and I can’t remember the last time I was angry.

    I’ve been using Smiling Mind for a while now, it helped me sleep better and relax on my way to work.

  5. I tried meditating about a year ago and it was really relaxing, I felt good for a really long time, but I haven’t had time to keep it going, but those apps make things simpler when it comes to time issues, I will give them a try, and I’m more excited about the last one, I have serious sleeping problems so I’m looking forward to try it.
    Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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