There really is no shortage of mindfulness and meditation apps these days; it seems like a new is released every week. An app can be a wonderful source of support and guidance as you begin to establish a mindfulness practice.
Which of these apps is best? Frankly — the one you’ll use.
Here are some considerations, based on my experience.
- Make sure the app offers at least some free content. Mindfulness and meditation apps come in many different flavors and from many different perspectives. Be sure you’re comfortable with the approach before you part with any hard-earned cash.
- Make sure there’s a voice you like. Almost nothing interferes with a new mindfulness practice as much as being guided by a voice that distracts or annoys you. Keep looking until you find one that feels right.
- If you’re committed to establishing a mindfulness habit, look for an app that incorporates gamification elements. (In other words, an app that’s designed to get you hooked.)
Here are a few suggestions to get you started, compliments of Mindful.org. (The article doesn’t mention Headspace, but that’s also a popular choice.)
- Insight Timer
- Stop, Breathe & Think
- 10% Happier
- Meditation Studio